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Barbour back for Trans Am vengeance

AT one stage last year, it looked as if the National Trans Am title might be heading Elliot Barbour’s way.

The 32-year-old privateer was elevated into the series lead entering the penultimate round of the season after Garry Rogers Motorsport’s James Moffat and Lochie Dalton’s Winton results were belatedly rubbed out.

Those disqualifications though were overturned on appeal, a decision labelled “a joke” by Barbour on live television, and Moffat went on to seal the crown.

Barbour has now joined Moffat in confirming his return for 2024.

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“We want to be competing for wins and be competitive everywhere we go, and put together a strong and consistent year,” he said.

“Last year we had a few podiums and second places, so getting a win is one of the items we’re really looking to tick off in 2024.

“There was a heap of extremely fast, young drivers last year and hopefully there’s even more coming through again this season.

“It’s a great opportunity to prove themselves in a big rear wheel drive V8 and the experienced drivers act as a really competitive yardstick for the young drivers.”

Elliot Barbour in action. Pic: Supplied/Speed Shots Photography

James Golding and Tim Slade are also understood to be joining the series, while Todd Hazelwood yesterday tested a Trans Am car at Queensland Raceway.

The seven-round 2024 season will start next month at Sandown and conclude in Adelaide in November.

“I was actually working on Craig Dontas’ car when Trans Am came to Adelaide in 2020, so it’s exciting to be racing there later in the year,” said Barbour.

“I see Adelaide as the best event on any motorsport calendar in Australia, it’s an amazing track with a good vibe and one the Trans Am cars are well suited to.

“I have only raced at The Bend once, in a Torana, so it will be a pretty different experience this time around.

“We’re going in with the same crew and car this year, and we were pretty strong from the halfway point in 2023. It was our first year running the team ourselves, but now we’ve got that under our belt, so really looking forward to getting going again.”

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