One chance against the clock. It started well enough, sweetly nailing the first challenge, an off-camber left-hander that caught out more than a few, and keeping pretty good speed through the following big curving right turn.
When Holden announced a performance version of its Barina was in the pipeline, hot-hatch purists might well have raised an eyebrow; built in Korea, and known in most parts of the world as the Chevrolet Aveo, the current Barina seems an unlikely source car for sporting desire.
With the daily work commute, school and children's sport drop-offs, and general running around, it's amazing how much driving a family manages in the course of a week. Typically 250km to 350km in my case.
Content to leave the utilitarian end of the large wagon market to the Ford Falcon, Holden has private lifestyle buyers in its sights with its new Sportwagon. David Thomson tests the flagship Calais variant to assess the new approach.