Kane keen to fire after SA setback
DARREN Kane's start to the season seemed almost too good to be true ... but reality has started to catch up.
After winning NSW and Queensland series titles and taking a huge lead in the National Super Sedan Series (NSSS), Kane looked unstoppable.
But the new year has not been kind.
Kane failed to finish round seven of the NSSS at Murray Bridge, South Australia, on January 25, reducing his once comfortable lead.
“It can happen, things like that,” he said.
“But we can't afford it to happen again with two rounds of the national series left.
“I believe if everything stays together, I'll win.”
The final two rounds are on tracks he's won the past two NSW titles, Dubbo and Parramatta, so if the car holds up, he knows he can take the title.
“I've got the form, got the car and got the tracks I like,” he said.
“We've just got to make sure nothing fails.”
Before then he has to break in a new engine this weekend at the Grand National title in Tasmania.
Kane hoped to put his NSSS round seven disappointment behind him when he returned to his home state for the Tasmanian Speedway Grand Prix last weekend.
However, he didn't make it past the first heat.
“We hurt a motor,” Kane said.
“It was the first heat of the night. I heard a small tapping noise. We'd damaged the lifter, which meant we were out for the whole weekend.”
With Kane gunning for a third straight Grand National title, Boettcher Racing had to fly down a new engine.
“We'll have two nights to sort it all out,” Kane said.
“It's a new style of engine, which is a lot better.
“The guy who does them, I've got a lot of confidence in him.”
Kane is trying to be philosophical about his setbacks but admits he does not cope well when he's not racing.
“It's getting a bit frustrating,” he said.
“It doesn't affect me on the track, but I don't like failure.
“If I can't finish, I get really disappointed.
“You only get one crack.”