Treseder survives the heat
MOTORSPORT: Not even an engine change could stop Kel Treseder from continuing to impress in the Aussie Racing Cars.
Competing for the first time at Hidden Valley raceway in Darwin, Treseder’s weekend started in the worst possible way on Friday when he suffered an engine failure in practice.
Forced to change engine before qualifying on Saturday, the 31-year-old said it put the team behind the others.
“It happened before I even went flat out down the front straight on the second lap,” he said.
“We really needed to get that strong 20 minutes run to learn the track.”
“It made the weekend pretty tough.”
With just one lap completed in anger, Treseder entered qualifying in the unknown as he aimed to set a quick time for the races.
Using the slip stream of another competitor though, Treseder defied his lack of experience to qualify fifth for race one.
He said a critical red flag in the middle of the session helped him after getting used to the circuit early.
“I managed to get out behind Trent Young, who is one of the fastest in the series,” he said
“I tried to hang on to him and managed to get fifth.”
Aiming to just get out of the round with good results, Treseder did that in all four races.
Two sevenths in the opening races was followed by an 11th placed finish in race three.
In the final double points race Treseder finished seventh but admitted it could have been far better.
“In the final, in a safety car restart, I missed a gear down the front straight and made a meal of it,” he said.
“I lost three spots into turn one and that was a bit of a disaster. I should have been in the top five.”
The former karter is now happy to head to the next round in Queensland.
“We didn’t have enough car speed to be all over the back of the front pack,” he said.
“We still bagged strong points and that’s all you can do.”
He said it was a great event and “an awesome track”.
“With our sponsor Team Navy as well we had a look on HMAS Bathurst, which is one of their ships.
“We were really fortunate to have a look and it is awesome to have that involvement. I can’t thank them and KKP Motorsport enough for the weekend.”
Treseder will now focus on the next round to be held on July 22-24 in Ipswich.