Australian Supercharged Outlaws Champion Luke Marsden has admitted that he needs to redouble his efforts ahead of Round 9 of the Aeroflow Sportsman Drag Racing Championship in Mildura.
Mardsen, who is currently 120 points behind championship leader Mark Kuhn, says he has some work to do to win a second consecutive title from 12th spot on the standings but he isn’t counting out his chances just yet.
“It hasn't been an ideal start,” Marsden said.
“We decided to skip the first four races of the season this year to try and recoup from what was a massive season for us last year.
“We got back into racing at Calder Park in April running well and making it to the semis which were eventually cancelled due to poor track conditions.
“We suffered major engine damage in the first qualifier at the Sydney X-Champs. The car was great for the Winternationals and Alice Springs but the driver needs a bit of a tune up.”
To ensure his reaction times are primed, Marsden has been spending time on the practice tree to ensure the start becomes second nature.
“I think driver consistency will be the key for me to have a chance of making a run at the Championship,” Marsden said.
“The car is running great off the back of Alice Springs where the consistency of the car was probably the best it's ever been.”
However, Marsden will also have to see off a challenge from his teammate, Chris Vant’Hof, who occupies 4th spot in the points, and is a contender for the title.
Both will be out to make an impact in Mildura and carry that into the final run to the Championship finale at the Australian Nationals in Sydney October 31 – November 2.
“Basically we are both out there trying to do the same thing and accumulate as many points as we can. Hof's driving has improved tenfold this year and he is a real chance. But I wouldn't count me out of contention just yet.”
The action gets underway at Mildura’s Sunset Strip for Round 9 of the Aeroflow Sportsman Drag Racing Championship from September 13-14.
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