Can’t catch me: Speed racer hero’s win

Dalby Herald - - FRONT PAGE -

RAC­ING in a new car, on an un­fa­mil­iar track, did not have Terry Leer­entveld feel­ing con­fi­dent in the lead-up to last week­end’s South Aus­tralia Ti­tles.

Af­ter per­form­ing well and achiev­ing a first, sec­ond and third in the heats, how­ever, the Dalby mod-lite driver took the lead in the fea­ture race from the sec­ond lap.

Leer­entveld man­aged to with­stand mul­ti­ple restarts in the race, prov­ing un­beat­able among a strong field.

“(The new car) took a lit­tle bit to get the hang of, and I had a few lit­tle is­sues, but then af­ter that, by the end of the night, we had the car go­ing re­ally good,” he said.

“There were about 30 driv­ers in our cat­e­gory... wasn’t con­fi­dent that I’d take the win; in a cou­ple of heats the other guys were quicker than I was, but we made a change to our car and took a gam­ble, and it worked out.”

With the na­tional ti­tles ap­proach­ing this week­end, Leer­entveld said his re­cent suc­cess had left him feel­ing good.

“I’m def­i­nitely feel­ing con­fi­dent. We’re get­ting our stuff sorted and know which way to go with car set-up, and I think we’re go­ing to be a very strong con­tender,” he said.

“I reckon I’ve got more speed up my sleeve.

“I just want to say thanks to Ran­dall Mor­ris for com­ing down and help­ing, and my wife An­gela, and Nathan from Edge Rac­ing Aus­tralia.

“Land­mark in Dalby are spon­sor­ing us as well, so a big thanks to Mur­ray for com­ing on board.”

PHOTO: GREG SKETCHER PHO­TOG­RA­PHY

SPEED­WAY CHAM­PION: Terry Leer­entveld took home the South Aus­tralian Ti­tle.

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