Super Sedan round one cancelled
DARREN Kane has to wait a bit longer than he’d like for a crack at repeating history.
The opening round of the National Super Sedan Series, set down for Archerfield last night, was cancelled with tomorrow’s scheduled round two for Gympie also in doubt.
Kane, who won the title in 2008-09, hopes one of those meetings might be made up on Friday, ahead of Saturday’s scheduled round three at Toowoomba.
“It’s been going pretty good this year,” Karalee’s Kane said.
“It has probably been our best start to a season ever.”
Kane leads the Queensland series at halfway though, having won three of the five rounds.
He won the NSW title earlier in the year and is looking to regain the national series title he lost to fellow Ipswich racer Matt Pascoe last season.
Yet for Kane, such success is expected.
He won all that in 2008-09 as well as the Australian and Tasmania Grand National title.
Now he is back in the car he achieved much of his success in.
“We’re using the car we won all those races in a couple of years ago,” Kane said.
“But with the rain, we haven’t been able to give it a run anywhere.
“We’ll try to use the new car for the local stuff (Queensland series).
“The older car has a fresher engine so we’ll use it for the bigger races.”
Kane’s 2009-10 national series last year didn’t go to plan but he is confident he won’t make the same mistakes again.
“I learnt a lot of valuable lessons last year,” he said.
“We had the fastest car but lost two rounds (due to car problems) and that cost me.
“Matt was more consistent.
“You’ve got to get as many points as you can.”
At the Avalon round in Victoria last January, Kane won the first heat before his car broke down.
He had the opportunity to continue racing in another car but knocked it back, with good reason.
Kane inured himself the last time he drove someone else’s car because he didn’t fit the seat.
However, just by starting the next race, he would have earnt 120 points.
Kane finished 99 points behind Pascoe in the title race.
It has served to reignite the fire within Kane, not that it was ever in danger of going out.
“I’d love a year like the one we had the year before,” he said.
“Losing the title you had makes you more hungry
“At the time I didn’t realise how important those points would be.
“We would have won the series.”
With lessons learnt and a couple of fast cars, he just needs luck on his side. “We couldn’t ask for any better,” Kane said.
“Mechanically-wise, we’re good.
“We’ve been doing it so long we know what we need to do.
“You need a lot of luck so it is up to me to make our own luck.”