Pascoe shares sweet success with top crewman
JUST when he thought he couldn't win anything more, Matt Pascoe received a surprise bonus at the Queensland Super Sedan awards night.
Pascoe had come off a season in which he won the Queensland Super Sedan series, Australian and Queensland titles and the Hobart Grand National.
He rightly scooped the major awards on Saturday, including the Geoff McHugh Memorial Trophy, for the driver who does the most to help other teams.
But he was surprised and delighted when his right-hand man Liam James was awarded the Best Crew Member accolade.
"He helps work on my car and travels away when I compete," Pascoe said. "To have him working on the car while I'm on track is great.
"He doesn't make you second guess anything."
It has been a dream season for Pascoe and his success is having a positive effect on his business, Sweet Chassis, building cars for rivals from his Mutdapilly base.
He has his work cut out with two more to build to order before he starts on his own new car, having sold the one that took him to glory last season.
He has to get them all done before the new season starts in October.
Part of the secret to Pascoe's success has been a modified suspension, using a torsion bar in the rear end of his car.
He has named the system his "Sweet Chassis Equaliser" and demand is high from those hoping to emulate his achievements.
Pascoe has won Australian and Queensland titles and the Queensland series before. But it is the first time he has won the big race in Hobart and all the others in the same season.
"I'm looking forward now but you definitely dream of a year like this," he said.
"Years ago you would see guys winning everything and go, 'It'd be alright to do that'.
Now he has.
About the only things he didn't win were the national series, which he led before pulling out due to the costs involved in competing all over Australia, and the Latrobe Grand Prix in Tasmania, in which he finished fourth.
With plans to hold the national series in one location over a week this season it may just be the final challenge.