Treseder revved up for new Aussie Racing Cars season
BUNDABERG'S Kel Treseder is aiming for the top in the Aussie Racing Cars this year.
The 32-year-old returns to racing after a breakout rookie season at Adelaide's Clipsal 500 from today.
Treseder, who finished third in the championship and won four rounds, was also the rookie of the year.
Now he says he believes he's ready for the top prize.
"With our speed, the goal is the championship,” he said.
"It will be tough though as the top five are back again and all teams have stepped up.”
A busy off-season for the KKP Motorsport driver has seen plenty of sponsors re-sign or come on board including Bundaberg Brakes, The Kart Centre and Team Navy.
The team has also been testing the car.
"We've done a fair bit,” Treseder said.
"The team has done three successive test weekends to be ready.
"We've also tested the new Kumho tyre which comes into the category.”
The series has moved to the manufacturer after using Yokohama last year
Treseder says will be interesting when they head around the streets of Adelaide.
"The car moves around quite a bit with them on,” he said.
"They also feel harder as a compound compared to last year's tyre.
"Whoever gets their head around it will do well.”
Despite Treseder's success in 2016 his season was undone by races that put him to the back of the field.
This included last year's Clipsal 500 where a crash in the opening race forced Treseder to work from the back to the front in the final three races.
"Last year we had to many ninth to 14th place finishes,” he said.
"We can't have that this season.
"Our initial results need to be quite consistent.”
And Treseder says he's on track.
"I'm feeling good and got plenty of confidence for the year ahead,” he said.
"I'm much more relaxed heading into the season but I will still have nerves right before practice one.”
The first practice session starts at 8.10am Brisbane time tomorrow, and Treseder's first race is at 5.50pm.