Hough chasing Aussie title in Kingaroy
BUNDABERG'S Brandon Hough is hoping his car will stay the right side up when he races again at the Kingaroy Speedway.
This weekend the racer will compete in the National Street Stock Titles, returning to the track where he damaged his car in the last meeting.
Preparing to compete for an Australian title Hough is also attempting to make sure the incident is forgotten when he races again.
Hough said he should be fine after flipping his Holden Commodore following contact with another car,
"(The car's) not too bad and it wasn't our fault," he said.
"I'll be fine.
"I'm looking forward to competing."
The team has been working tirelessly to fix the car and get it right.
They have also been forced to make a couple of changes.
"We've done a fair bit of work," Hough said.
"The car didn't have power steering so we installed that for this type of track.
"We've also changed the diff ratio to bring the revs up around the track."
It will be a busy weekend with about 75 other drivers taking part.
Making it tougher is that Hough has another race meet in the same car the week after in Gympie.
"The Queensland titles are on that week," he said.
"The aim is to have no damage this weekend to be right for those as well."
Despite that, Hough says he will not be afraid to push hard.
"I'll be aiming for a top half of the field finish," he said.
"If I can get into the top 20 then that will be fantastic."
Making the challenge more difficult is the lack of time in the car.
Hough's track time has reduced since Carina Speedway closed.
"Absolutely it has hurt us, it is my favourite track," he said.
"I still haven't got my first win though and I hope it comes back so I can."
For now though Hough can't wait to race to bring in the new year.
"We'll be camping overnight and bringing in the new year at the Speedway," he said.
"There's no other place I'd rather be."
The meet begins on Friday.