DARREN Mollenoyux made a point of speedy qualifying in the off-season.
The Warrnambool driver’s planning is beginning to pay dividends.
Mollenoyux used a fast qualifying time to set up a breakthrough World Series Sprintcars’ A-main triumph at Latrobe Speedway in Tasmania on Friday night.
He finished second behind fellow Warrnambool ace Jamie Veal on the second night of racing – round nine of the series – to round out a successful trek across the Bass Straight.
“We really concentrated on improving our qualifying times in the off-season,” Mollenoyux revealed.
“We worked with our motor program to qualify better and I feel like we’ve done that of late.
“(Tasmania) all came down to how we qualified and sitting up front helped us get that good start we needed.”
The 35-year-old said he felt comfortable matching it with the big-budget teams after ruffling feathers at Premier Speedway earlier in the season.
“My car has been great and it was really good all weekend. I think we’ve proved we can run with these guys and that’s been good,” he said.
“We’re now probably looking to finish in the top five for points (in World Series Sprintcars).
“That was the goal I had at the start of the season and with Speedweek not being too kind to us, we’d love to get back in there.”
World Series Sprintcars heads to Hobart next Saturday to close out its first visit to the Apple Isle since 2010.