A CONSERVATIVE approach is on the cards for sprintcar driver Tim Van Ginneken at Hamilton on Saturday.
The Allansford driver holds a 104-point lead over fellow south-west product Corey McCullagh atop the Victorian Sprintcar Racing Association (SRA) series standings.
But given Van Ginneken’s track record at Western Speedway, he is keeping his goals simple.
“I’ve been there twice in sprintcars and haven’t even finished a heat race,” Van Ginneken said.
“I crashed out the first time in the second heat and crashed out in a B main. Last year, I couldn’t even get the car started in the first heat and crashed out in the second.
“But the luck’s got to turn around some time. I’m planning just to cruise around, get a few laps.
“You go there wanting to win, but my aim for Hamilton will be just to make the feature and not worry about where I finish or points.”
McCullagh and Van Ginneken went one-two at the SRA series round at Ballarat’s Redline Raceway earlier this month and are preparing for a hectic end to the state series.
There are five rounds scheduled for March, taking in Avalon, Simpson, Premier and Horsham speedways.
For Van Ginneken, getting his car through the Western Speedway meet this weekend will be especially vital, given he’ll be away for about a week for the World Series Sprintcars final in Perth.
“If something bad happens at Hamilton, it doesn’t leave me many days to get the car right,” he said.
McCullagh is enjoying his most successful season and could make serious inroads into the deficit with a win.