Defending national speedway champion Matt Pascoe is keen to get back on the track.
Defending national speedway champion Matt Pascoe is keen to get back on the track. Sasha Beeston

Pascoe yet to test new car

CAN you imagine Mark Webber jumping in his new car for the opening round of Formula One next season having not tested it?

The National Super Sedan Series might not exactly be Formula One but that is the challenge facing defending champion, Ipswich’s Matt Pascoe.

Pascoe has a new car ready to rumble but has not had the opportunity to try it out due to the wet weather.

So he goes into tonight’s opening round of the new national series at the Brisbane International Speedway, Archerfield, underdone but confident he can repeat last year’s effort.

“We were supposed to have practice on Tuesday,” Pascoe said. “We’d had two days of sunshine but still couldn’t practise.”

Prior to that, Pascoe had hoped to give the new car a workout at Kingaroy on December 18 but that was also washed out.

The only time he’s spent behind the wheel was in the paddock behind his workshop.

“Just to make sure the brakes are working,” Pascoe said.

But he isn’t concerned.

“It’s nothing different compared to the one we won (last year’s national series) with,” Pascoe said.

“Just a couple of suspension changes.

“I’m pretty confident with the car.

“The engine has been running.

“It’s definitely a better car.”

North Ipswich-based Pascoe has been in good form, winning one stage of the Queensland Super Sedan series and finishing fifth in another in borrowed cars.

“We definitely want to win it again,” Pascoe said, while admitting his approach might have to be a bit different.

Last year he was able to pace himself through the series, picking up points most rounds in one of the most reliable cars in the fleet.

The weather means that might not be the case this time.

“We’ve got to make sure every round counts,” Pascoe said.

It does not mean his driving will become reckless though.

“You’ve got to finish near the front but you’ve still got to finish,” he said.



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