Driver revs up for debut
BUNDABERG racer Kel Treseder says he can't wait to make his debut this weekend in the Aussie Racing Cars at Sydney.
Last weekend the former karter unveiled the car he will be competing with this weekend at the event around the streets of Homebush.
Forming his own team in KKP motorsport Treseder has also signed an alliance with the Australian Navy for this round and the 2016 season.
He will join V8 Supercar driver Chaz Mostert as one of a handful of racers in alliance with Team Navy.
Speaking to the NewsMail, Treseder said he is honoured to be supported by the organisation.
"It's great to be a brand ambassador for Team Navy," he said.
"I feel honoured and privileged to be allied with them."
All this follows Treseder retiring from the sport of karting after 23 years.
In that time he won 23 state titles and four national titles as he represented Australia three times in Las Vegas.
Recently, in preparation for his debut, he tested his new car at Queensland Raceway.
Treseder said he was blown away by driving the car for the first time.
"When I first started driving I went wow these things are quick," he said.
"I liked how much they moved around and the amount of power the car had. It was awesome."
Despite the test to familiarise himself with the car, Treseder knows he has a lot to learn.
"These things will be interesting to race that is for sure," he said.
"I need to learn more about the movement of the car because it moves far more than a kart does."
Treseder added he was doing all he can to learn about the circuit.
With most of the circuit a public road during the year, it has been tough for the racer to learn about it.
"I'm going to be leaning on my former mechanic and current V8 Supercar driver Scott McLaughlin as he does his track walk on Thursday," he said.
"Getting advice from him and looking through YouTube videos will hopefully get me prepared for the track."
When asked about his expectations for the weekend Treseder said he had goals he would like to achieve.
"This weekend is going to be competitive so I'll be aiming to finish inside the top 15," he said.
"The main goal of the weekend though will be to prepare for a full 2016 campaign."
He added he wasn't afraid of getting the car damaged around the tricky street circuit.
"I'll be aiming to take the car home in one piece but I'll certainly be giving it all I've got," he said.
"We are hoping to attract sponsors at this event and would like some good results to strengthen our position."
Treseder will compete in four races over the weekend, with two on Saturday, and two on Sunday.
Practice for the event gets underway on Friday at 7.30am.