Pacesetter to roll on crown
DARREN Kane's prospects of regaining the National Super Sedan Series crown survived the Ipswich flood unscathed.
The Boettcher Racing Team's Bundamba base was damaged in the flood but all their cars, including Kane's Mazda RX8, were at the team's new workshop in Yamanto, which escaped flood damage.
“The flood went though the dealership and up through the yard (on Brisbane Road),” Kane said.
“About the only thing that escaped were the (race) cars.”
That means Kane is on track to take out the title he last won in 2008-09.
After six of nine rounds of the NSSS, Kane leads the point standings battle by a comfortable 246 points as a result of winning two rounds – at Gympie in round one then Warrnambool on January 9.
After qualifying on pole position for the 40-lap feature race, Kane led throughout to clinch the Ian Boettcher Race Parts Tri-City Challenge.
The only disappointment of Kane's campaign came when he was unable to start the feature race at the Brisbane International Speedway round due to a mechanical issue.
“If we didn't have that mechanical drama at Brisbane, then we probably would've been leading the point standings by a larger margin ... but that's just the way things go sometimes and you've got to accept that and roll with the punches,” Kane said.
The man who took that national series title from him last year, North Ipswich's Matt Pascoe, has not enjoyed the dream run he experienced last season.
Pascoe sits eighth in the series' standings after crashing out on the second lap of the feature race at Warrnambool.
Instead it is Karalee's Kane who can do little wrong, having already won the Queensland Cup Series.
“I couldn't be happier with our form, as the team is continually working very hard in our quest to take back the national series crown and we're looking good to do that at this stage,” Kane said.
Yet Kane knows that there is still a long way to go, which is why he isn't getting too carried away with his form.
“There are still three rounds remaining and anything can happen, so the focus for the team and me are to just take each round as it comes and work towards banking consistent points in order to consolidate the lead that I have,” he said.
The seventh round of the NSSS is to be fought out at Murray Bridge Speedway in South Australia on Saturday night.