Going back for race glory
CLINTON Arentz is hoping a successful step back in motor racing time will help him achieve more glory on the track.
The former Casino-based competitor is teaming up once again with Ocean Shores colleague Pete Burrey at the Australian Targa Championships in Tasmania this week.
Arentz goes into the event boosted by recent good performances, including a second-place finish during action at the recent Bathurst Motor Festival.
The Mackay racer said he was delighted to follow in the footsteps of his former top racing father Barry, who competed successfully at Bathurst throughout the 1960s and helped assist his son on the day.
"It was a thrilling experience,"Arentz junior said yesterday.
"I am nowhere near my dad's league.
"Driving is partly a hobby for me.
"It was good to share the experience with my dad and it brought back a lot of memories for him."
It was a performance inspired by FNC connections, with Arentz competing in a 1971 GTHO Falcon Phase III.
Known as one of the muscle cars on the 1970s, the car, which was joined by other top cars from the period, was race prepared by the Alstonville-based Yager Performance outfit.
"Mark did a great job," Arentz said.
"It showed the car could still do well, even after all this time."
The victory followed up the Winston Racing Team driver's first-round win in the Group N series at Queensland's Lakeside Park Raceway.
Arentz is now turning his attention to this week's championships in Tasmania, where he will unite with Burrey in the pair's Mitsubishi EVO 10.
The pair will be among scores of top racers at the six-day event, which will see the top participants hit speeds of about 300km/h as they wind their way through more than 40 stages across the state.
"It is about endurance,"Arentz said.
"It is also psychological. You have to have total concentration at all times.
"We are punching above our weight as we are up against current national champions and professionals.
"It will be tough but hopefully we can go well," he added.