Luck shines on Darren Kane
YOU can’t win them all, but it doesn’t mean you can’t try.
Darren Kane wrapped up the Ian Boettcher Proton Queensland Super Sedan Series when things finally went his way at Brisbane International Speedway on Saturday night.
The Ian Boettcher Motors pilot looked home and hosed with a huge lead and only six of the 18 round series remaining.
However a nightmare run saw him fail to finish four of five events before Saturday’s final round, due to mechanical mishaps or freak accidents.
“I was leading in Brisbane when we broke a shock,” Karalee-based Kane explained.
“Then at Gympie we were on pole for the feature and the car wouldn’t go into gear.
“At Toowoomba the lights went out and we couldn’t finish.”
In the penultimate stage, at Gympie a fortnight ago, Kane was leading the feature race when another car in the field dropped its lead weight ballast on the track.
Kane, in his Mazda XR8, hit it, destroying his exhaust and breaking his suspension.
So it was with some trepidation he took to the track last weekend, having let his rivals back into contention for overall series honours.
Everything went smoothly this time however, with Kane winning two of the three heats, meaning he only had to start the feature to claim the title.
He did that and led all the way to finish his season in style.
“It was a pretty trouble free weekend,” a relieved Kane said.
“I knew we had a lot more speed and were probably a better team (than the rest). But you start to think, ‘Maybe it’s not our series’.”
It was a similar situation to the National Super Sedan Series Kane wrapped up earlier in the year.
In both it seemed he would either win or fail to finish.
Fortunately he has had more of the former than the latter to cap a sensational season in which he won the National Series, NSW title, Grenville Anderson Memorial title and Ian Boettcher Proton Series.
He was runner-up at the Queensland and Australian titles.
“It’d be very close to the one I had a couple of years ago in 2009, when we won everything,” he said.
“We won 12 features this season and could have won 18.
“We’ve got the speed but luck plays a big part in motorsport.
“You can’t win them all.”
Kane reckons he has competed in 30 events this season and next year his Ian Boettcher Motors team will scale that back and focus on the bigger events.
“At the Australian titles I wasn’t on the game because I wasn’t fresh enough,” Kane admitted.
During a well-earned break, Kane will spend part of his off- season with Greg and Ian Boettcher in the US.