MOTORSPORT: "It's game on in the championship.”
In one round, Bundaberg's Kel Treseder has put himself right back in the hunt to claim his first Aussie Racing Cars title.
The 33-year-old survived wet and wild conditions to take out the Gold Coast 600 round ahead of Blake Sciberras and Joel Heinrich.
Now, he is a handful of points from James Duckworth, who leads the championship heading into the final round at Newcastle.
Treseder is now a realistic shot at the title after Duckworth had an incident in the final race to finish 18th and seventh for the round.
"We knew that this weekend was do or die, we needed to get points,” he said.
"We needed a round win, we managed to do it good, and I'm proud of the team.”
Treseder won battling some of the worst conditions he's been involved in with the series on Saturday.
After finishing fourth in the dry first race on Friday the field was greeted with rain and puddles of water on the track the following day.
Treseder kept his nose out of trouble and negotiated the aqua planing and kerbs to finish third and second in the two races.
He said the conditions were some of the worst he has been in, including Tasmania earlier this season, which was entirely wet. "The conditions were worse than Tasmania because of the close proximities of the wall,” he said.
"We knew if we could get to Sunday on the front row, we'd be right.”
It turned out to be smart move as Treseder finished second in the final race to claim one of the best round wins of his career.
"I think relief is the best word to describe it,” he said.
"We've been fast all year but haven't converted anything.
"It has just been fantastic to get a clean weekend. It's game on.”
Treseder will compete at the final round in Newcastle from November 24 to 26.