Driver aims for title glory
WARWICK driver Kieren Locke is in his first season out of juniors and has high hopes he can perform well in his new racing car, a Nissan Skyline.
At the weekend, Locke was one of 109 drivers competing in round three of the Queensland Super Sprint Series at Morgan Park Raceway.
For the past two years, he competed in an old Datsun in juniors.
“There is a big difference between cars,” Locke said.
He said putting the Nissan Skyline on the track cost about $15,000.
“My older brother Troy and Dad (Tony) helped me a lot,” Locke said.
“Warwick Panel and Paint and Ryanie for Tyres have given me a lot of support.”
Locke wasn’t happy with his Saturday racing on a wet track but put slicks on yesterday and ended up second.
“I want to win a title with my Nissan Skyline but have to catch the Lotus vehicles first,” Locke said.
“I reckon I can run 44-second laps and reach 150 to 160kmh down the main straight.”
Locke has ambitions to drive faster cars at higher levels but said money was a limiting factor.
Yesterday, close mate and Queensland futsal representative Mark Ferdinand was in the pits with Locke.
Ferdinand said he enjoyed the pit atmosphere but reckoned he was better at working on one of the older cars.
There is a round of the Independent Race Series at Morgan Park this weekend when the competing vehicles will be similar to the field at a round of the Queensland Motor Racing Championships at the raceway.
In a fortnight, more than 200 drivers will be in Warwick for the Queensland Historic Racing Car Club Historic Race Meeting.