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Sep 16, 2015

V8 UTE PILOT NOT CLEARED FOR KUMHO SERIES DEBUT

A CRASH in last weekend’s V8 Ute round at Sandown has left Queensland teenager Mason Barbera stiff and sore and will stop him from making his debut in the Kumho Tyre Australian V8 Touring Car Series this weekend at Phillip Island.

The 17-year-old was to have driven the Rod Dawson-entered Falcon BA driven in the last round in Queensland by Scott Loadsman.

Barbera, who recently tested the V8 at Queensland Raceway, was taken to hospital on Saturday with suspected broken ribs after a high-speed crash in Race 1 of the V8 Ute round at Sandown.

After a night in observation he was released on Sunday morning and underwent a medical assessment this week but has not been cleared to race in this weekend’s Kumho Series round at Phillip Island.

“I’m pretty heavily bruised on my left side, lucky nothing is broken but there is a lot of soft tissue bruising,” says Barbera.

While the 17-year-old won’t be on the grid, there are other teenagers all playing prominent roles in the 2015 Kumho Series title fight.

At the front of the field there’s a major battle brewing with Eggleston Motorsport’s Liam McAdam holding a five-point lead over Western Australian 15-year-old Alex Rullo.

Rullo won the last round at Queensland Raceway, his second consecutive round victory in the V8 Touring Car category after breaking through to win his first at Winton in June.

The fight behind the two teenagers is also highly competitive in this year’s Kumho Series.

Former series runner-up Jim Pollicina sits third, only nine points clear of fellow Commodore driver Steve Briffa and 37 in front of Chris Smerdon’s ex-Stone Brothers Falcon.

Former Kumho Series champion Tony Evangelou returns to the field this weekend too in his ex-Ford Performance Racing/CAT Falcon, bringing the entry list to 15 cars for the round.

The Phillip Island round is the penultimate round of the five-round Kumho Series this season.

Private practice will be held on Friday with official practice, qualifying and Race 1 on Saturday and the remaining two races on Sunday.

The Sunday races will be live-streamed on the Shannons Nationals website online for viewing, live and free.