Well that’s the Aussie title run and done for 2019.
We trekked our way up to Kingaroy in Queensland, about three hours north-west of Brisbane, for this year’s National Modified Sedan Championship as defending champions, and I was rapt to be driving a brand-new car built by Travis Shore and his team.
Even though we had only had two brief test runs in the car, at the local Mildura speedway, I felt confident we could challenge for the Australian title, and that wasn’t to underestimate the 95-strong field who were on hand to battle it out over three nights.
The car was fast from the outset and my early form saw two wins from my first two heats, having started fifth and sixth respectively and the racing was hard and fast, but also pretty clean with the front-running drivers all looking to take reasonably straight cars into the winner-take-all final.
The last two qualifying heats saw me claim second place and a win from 11th so heading into the 40-lap final I was confident I could give it a shake, and shake was the word as the track starting to get big ruts in it and shook the car badly.
We made some changes for the final, which offered a nice prize purse, and after dropping back to fourth early on, the car started to really come on but just as I was starting to find speed and challenge those ahead of me, we had a two-dollar bolt break in the steering arm and I was out on the spot.
It was a real shame and I know the crowd were disappointed too because our ENZED car was a real favorite throughout, while the amount of people on hand for the Saturday night final was very impressive. The Queenslanders really love their speedway action and we had a heap of them coming up to say hello and show interest in our car and team.
The weekend’s on-track action included some of the coolest battles I have ever had in a race car over any weekend of my career, and I’m really keen to do more of it. Racing Speedway keeps me sharp while the restricted vision due to darkness, dust and clay also makes driving the Supercar feel like a breeze by comparison.
I know that for a fact because the very next Saturday I was driving my Mustang Supercar to a podium spot under lights in WA and I’m sure the previous weekend’s experience genuinely assisted me in adapting.
I have to say a big congrats to Kye Walters on his win, because he was so close to doing so last year and also a massive thanks to the entire Shore family, all the crew and sponsors for making it happen.
It was a blast.