Wollongbar drivers eyes on main prize
UPSTART Trent Young is hoping he has timed his run to 2012 FW1 Aussie Racing Cars Series success perfectly.
The Wollongbar-based driver claimed his first circuit win in the series at the Gold Coast last weekend.
That victory has put him in contention to claim the overall title if he can record another excellent performance in next month's final round.
Although his rivals still have the upper hand, Young said he was revelling in his role as the outsider.
"I think some of the other guys don't like seeing a country boy doing well," he said with a laugh. "We are the guys from the country giving it to the city boys.We'll have to see how it goes. I am feeling confident."
Young went into the three-race Surfers Paradise event, the sixth of seven meets on the circuit, needing a win to strengthen his chances of securing the overall title.
After a neck-and-neck battle with title rival Kyle Clews in the opener, Young emerged victorious by two seconds.
He took his good form into the second race, claiming another narrow victory from another title hopeful, Simon Smith.
With the two triumphs under his belt, Young took a cautious approach in the third and final race of the day to seal the day's win.
Although he had previously claimed individual race victories, this was the former Australian go karting champion's first series win in this class.
"It really was a great feeling," he said.
"It was really satisfying to plan the races and see it work out.
"There is no worse feeling than thinking you are doing the right thing and then seeing another guy pass you at the death."
The drivers now head to Victoria's Winton Motor Raceway for the final meeting of the circuit.
Clews holds a one-point lead over rival Peter Carr, with Young a further three points back.
Young said the Winton meeting, on the weekend of November 16-18, could be a cut-throat affair.
"I don't know what these guys are like when the pressure is on," he said.
"It's about pushing them and seeing they make a mistake.
"It's going to be all guns blazing down there, that's for sure."
Young thanked sponsors and everyone who is assisting him in this year's championship.