Pascoe revs up for more glory
EVEN when Matt Pascoe scales things back, he usually finds himself in the thick of things.
The Ipswich Super Sedan racer finished second in the Queensland Championships at Toowoomba on Saturday night behind Brisbane's Wayne Randall.
Fellow Ipswich driver Darren Kane grabbed pole position with Randall on position two and Pascoe on three.
The race was at a hectic pace all the way until Kane, who was leading, got caught in a bingle as the leading cars started to lap the slower cars.
With 16 cars remaining, it was a battle of wits to see who could get Randall.
"I got to the lead but there was a stoppage," Pascoe said.
"I'd done a lap and a half in front but the way the system works meant I had to go back behind Wayne Randall.
"Once I got to the front, I was confident I had the car to put a half a lap on the field."
Pascoe gets the chance to go one better in the next round of the Queensland Super Sedan Series, which he leads, in Lismore on April 21.
That is followed two weeks later by the Australian titles at Brisbane and then the final two rounds of the Queensland series.
Pascoe's shoe-string budget with limited sponsors has made it difficult for him to get to all of the Super Sedan Series so his focus this season has been on the Queensland section.
"We've had six starts for five wins," the Ebbw Vale 34-year-old said.
"We won at Rocky in the first race, then at Toowoomba and Brisbane.
"We were sixth at Gympie then won Kingaroy and Brisbane again."
Pascoe also managed to get to Western Australia for the last three rounds of the National Series, winning the sub-series with a first and a third.
"I only went to crew but ran in one of our customer's cars," Pascoe said.
Pascoe's Sweet Chassis company is one of three main producers of Super Sedans, along with Ipswich rivals Dominator (Ian Boettcher Racing) and Rocket out of Lismore.
"The car's going good," Pascoe said.
"We tried a few things at the start of the season."
Pascoe has previously travelled to the US to pick up tips to improve his cars and this time he was paid a visit by US racer Steve Francis.
"He told us a few things," Pascoe said.
While he will not reveal what they are, he admitted they were "in the rear end" of the car and that they were working well.
"We haven't taken it out," Pascoe said.
As a manufacturer and driver, Pascoe knows he has to try and stay ahead of his rivals.
"They're always a little bit faster and more consistent so it is harder to pass in heats," Pascoe said.