Kane refocuses for national series

CLASSY Ipswich driver Darren Kane will carry his championship lead into Saturday night’s super sedan races at Brisbane International Speedway.

Kane, part of the highly competitive Ian Boettcher Racing Team, is looking to extend his points advantage in the back half of the 2010/11 season.

He is considered one of the best drivers in Australian Super Sedan racing. His numerous championship victories at local, state and national level are testament to his revered status in the sport over the past decade.

There is hardly a time that he rolls the Q36 Dominator/RX8 super sedan out of the trailer when he is not considered a strong chance for the win.

The current NSW champion is again rated a frontrunner at Archerfield on Saturday night against a field including Wayne Brims, Matt Pascoe and Steve Jordan.

Jordan won last weekend’s Australian Super Sedan title in Tasmania. Kane finished third.

Kane has been the man to beat in the Ian Boettcher Proton Series this season. He holds a comfortable lead over Craig Torr in the race for the 2010/11 honours.

Another Ipswich racer Pascoe has also graced the top step of the podium at the Archerfield Raceway this season, ironically holding out a determined Kane for the victory in the Super Sedan Feature on November 13.

Brims finished third to Kane and Pascoe during those events in November before winning when the National Super Sedan Series was in Brisbane in January.

Although last weekend’s third was not the team’s desired result, Kane worked hard at Latrobe’s Bendigo Bank Arena.

Throughout much of the Australian Championship deciding feature race, Kane battled in front with defending champion Jamie McHugh.

A late hiccup spoiled their duel for the lead, allowing eventual winner Jordan to advance.

“We really didn’t need that stoppage with 10 laps to go, as Jamie and I were comfortably out in front at the time of it (the stoppage),” Kane said. “But that’s just the way that things go sometimes.

“On the restart my car took a few laps to get back up to speed, as my tyres had to come back up to temperature and by then we didn’t have a reply and third place was where we finished.

“I’d be lying if I said that I wasn’t disappointed with how the Australian Championship panned out for us but I’ve got to get on with things as it wasn’t our weekend.

“The focus is now on winning back to the national series.”

The final two rounds are at Morris Park Speedway and Sydney Speedway in NSW.

Saturday night’s pre-program racing at Archerfield Speedway is scheduled to start at the earlier time of 4.30pm. The main racing is from 6pm.

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