After a difficult last round of the Kerrick Sports Sedan Series, two-time champion Darren Hossack is looking for a change of luck this weekend at Queensland Raceway – where he is the current round winner and lap record holder for the Series.
While he may be looking for better results, the Victorian will also be undertaking a balancing act between wanting to win, and wanting to develop his car setup following the installation of a brand new gearbox over the past week.
Ever the racer, Hossack admits that this may be easier said than done when it comes to facing off against long-time Kerrick Sports Sedan Series rival Tony Ricciardello.
“The thing with Tony and I is that we push each other to the point of destruction,” said Hossack.
“We push each other and we push each other’s equipment so hard that it will break.
“Last year here was a good round to come away with the win and the record, but we did have issues with a spoiler coming apart, but ironically Tony had the same issues in the last race so we were able to come away with the win.
“I think this track is about 50/50 for our two cars, I am stronger through corners one and two, while he is stronger through three and six.
“No matter where we go though we are pretty close and I am sure that will be the case this weekend, but I am going to be trying to not let wanting to win races get in front of the need for us to get the car right.
“Having said that though, as soon as the helmet goes on, you want to win!”
Following Winton’s event which saw the #4 Auto Union Deutsche Audi A4 battling with gearbox issues and unable to finish race two or take the starter’s flag for race three, the car received a new gear box last week with work still ongoing in preparation for the weekend’s racing.
“For us the gearbox has always been the weak link in the Audi and this weekend we come here with a brand new gearbox built for us since Winton by (Kerrick Sports Sedan Series racer) Simon Pfitzner,” said Hossack.
“There is a lot of engineering that goes into these gearboxes so we are still fine tuning and it is a credit to Simon and John (Gourlay, car owner) that it is doing so well already.
“For me, Winton was a pretty low point and that probably saw the gearbox change brought forward a bit, and consequently as there wasn’t a lot of time between Winton and now for that sort of work, we have come here a little underdone.
“At this point I say I want to get the gearbox right and that is the focus, but as I said you will always be pushing hard as once you are out there, you are going to race. You have got what you got and you are going to race, that is just how it is.”
Round three of the Kerrick Sports Sedan Series will officially get underway at Queensland Raceway on Saturday 9 August with two qualifying sessions (10.20am and 12.30pm) ahead of race one (of three) at 4.10pm. Sunday will then see the 14-strong field return to the track for their second and third races of the weekend at 11.05am and 4.10pm. For full event information, go to http://www.sportssedans.com.au/index.php?page=queensland-raceway
|1. April 1-3 Sandown Motor Raceway|
|2. June 10-12 Winton Motor Raceway|
|3. July 29-31 Queensland Raceway|
|4. Sep. 9-11 Phillip Island GP Circuit|
|5. Nov. 11-13 Sydney Motorsport Park|