Darren Kane set a new track record at Sydney Speedway on his way to a third NSW crown last weekend.
Darren Kane set a new track record at Sydney Speedway on his way to a third NSW crown last weekend. Contributed

Bad vibrations all good for Kane

HEADING into last weekend's New South Wales Super Sedan Championships at Sydney Speedway, Darren Kane had one objective - to claim a hat-trick of NSW title wins.

Despite coming away triumphant, the way that Kane earned his victory was something that no one could have envisaged.

After crossing the finish line of the deciding feature race in second place, the Boettcher Racing Team driver was elevated to first place after original winner Dave Gartner was disqualified for changing a right rear tyre during the red light stoppage on the opening lap.

Although he would have liked to have claimed his third consecutive NSW title under better circumstances, Kane admitted that he was lucky to even greet the chequered flag in the position he did.

"On the restart after the opening lap red light, a chunk of clay became wedged in my right rear tyre, which caused a massive vibration, and it not only made it very uncomfortable to drive, but left me quite concerned," Kane said.

The win means Karalee's Kane joins John Pyne as the only drivers to claim a hat-trick of NSW Super Sedan Championship wins.

"Due to this vibration it was a real handful to drive and really hurt my speed," he said.

"It's certainly not the way that I wanted to capture the win, but rules are there for a reason, and I'll take it all the same.

"I'll admit that it's certainly one of the most unique ways that I've managed to take out a win."

Kane had qualified third for the feature race after finishing his three heat races with a fifth, a win and a third place.

In the process of winning his heat race, Kane set a new track record for one lap.

For Kane, this was his 11th career victory at a state and national title level.

With the 2011-12 season starting to hot up, Kane and the Boettcher Racing Team will be back in action on Saturday at Gympie's Mothar Mountain Speedway for the third round of the Queensland Series.

There he will resume his rivalry with fellow Ipswich driver Matt Pascoe.



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