Driver keeps cool to seal fine milestone

PRIZE POSITION: Ipswich driver Darren Kane (middle) is flanked by NSW championships placegetters Lachlan Onley (left) and Dave Gartner after his latest title success.
PRIZE POSITION: Ipswich driver Darren Kane (middle) is flanked by NSW championships placegetters Lachlan Onley (left) and Dave Gartner after his latest title success. Gary Reid

IPSWICH'S nationally recognised speedway team is keen to continue its top form at Archerfield Speedway on Saturday night after completing a memorable four-peat of titles.

Darren Kane and the Boettcher Racing Team continued their dominance of the NSW Super Sedan title at Sydney Speedway last Saturday night. It was the team's fourth consecutive series victory.

Kane and the Boettcher Racing Team claimed their maiden NSW title in 2009-10 at Dubbo's Morris Park Speedway.

The following three triumphs have all been completed at the Sydney Speedway track.

Kane, driving his Queensland # 36 Ian Boettcher Race Parts-supported Mazda RX8, recorded a win, a third and a fourth place in his three qualifying heats on Saturday.

Despite finishing fourth in his last heat it proved a win of sorts.

Kane was unhappy with the car's set-up in the race and the team worked hard and made some improvements ahead of the deciding feature race.

Having qualified third for the title decider, Kane started behind pole-sitter Lachlan Onley but had to bide his time for more than one third of the 40-lap event.

A determined Kane managed to take the lead by the 16th lap, and from there was never headed, despite numerous stoppages.

"Our disappointing run in our final heat race was a blessing in disguise as the team went back to the drawing board," Kane said.

"We tried a number of things with our set-up for the feature race which worked very well.

"Forty laps are a long way so I wasn't too worried when I wasn't able to get to the front straight away and knew I had a great car under me that could go the distance."

For Kane and the team, it was their second feature race victory of the 2012-13 season. The first came in the opening round of the Queensland Series at Rockhampton Speedway.

Saturday night's racing at Archerfield is the inaugural Ian Boettcher 5000.

The following weekend Kane will kick off his National Series campaign in the opening round at Toowoomba's Charlton Raceway.

The team will spend the first half of this season running last season's car but plan to debut their new machine early in the new year.

In other Boettcher Racing Team news, Kane and the team plans to make as many Late Model appearances as possible this season, in between their Super Sedan commitments.

Topics:  archerfield speedway, boettcher racing team, darren kane, speedway




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