Treseder to race in another series
LIFE will be busy for Kel Treseder as he embarks on his next big move in motorsport by competing in the Aussie Racing Cars at the end of 2015.
After retiring full time from karting last week, to pursue new opportunities in motorsport, Treseder announced this week he will compete at ths year's Sydney 500 before embarking on a full time campaign in the series in 2016.
The new adventure has all been possible thanks to his long time sponsors, Ray and Keryn Fulcher, who have purchased the car and started to prepare it for the upcoming race in Sydney.
Treseder says he will use the race at Homebush as an opportunity to prepare for 2016.
"We will have two test days at Queensland Raceway over the next few days to get me prepared for the car," he said.
"The aim will be to make sure I'm comfortable in the car to deal with the concrete jungle that is Sydney."
He also added there is plenty of differences between a kart, and an Aussie Racing Car.
"You go around corners at 200km per hour in this series, and get to a top speed of 250km, which you don't do in karting," he said.
"Getting the hang of that, and becoming good at it, will be the toughest transition for me."
The local will also utilise the help of his former mechanic, V8 Supercars driver Scott McLaughlin, who helped him in his final full time race in the Australian Karting Championship last weekend in Geelong.
Competing in the pinnacle KZ2 class, Treseder looked on track for a successful weekend, until the final race.
Starting in fifth for the final, the local rider did not finish, as a mechanical failure slowed down his kart.
"The result was a disappointing way to end the career as we showed strong pace throughout the weekend,"
"Scott was devastated with how it finished, but it wasn't his fault, as there was nothing he could do about the engine failure."
Treseder, when it doesn't clash with his Aussie Racing Car commitments, plans to still compete in karting in one off events.
He now can't wait to compete in Sydney and debut in the new series.
"I never really wanted to race open wheelers, and wanted to compete in a series which races at V8 Supercar circuits," Treseder said.
"Now I get an opportunity to do it, and race at some of the best tracks around Australia."
With the official calendar not released for 2016, all we know is that the season will start in Adelaide at the Clipsal 500.
Treseder hopes the Bathurst 1000 event remains so he can compete at the great race.
"I was there last month as a spectator, and I got to see everyone compete," he said.
"To see them in action, and then realise I will have an opportunity to do that myself in the future, brings the hairs on the back of your next up.
Between now and then though Treseder plans to gain some advice from former karters who are now involved in the series.
"I'll talk to Kyle Klews, and a couple of other drivers, who have transitioned succesfully into the series," he said.
"I may also invest in a Playstation to make sure I remember the tracks as well."
If Treseder is successful in Aussie Racing Cars, he hasn't ruled out aiming higher and racing in V8 Supercars.
"You would be mad to not take up the opportunity if it arises," he said.
"My aim first though is to be successful in this series. I've got a lot to learn, that we don't learn in karting, so the focus is purely on getting things right here first."
Treseder will compete at the Sydney 500 from December 4 to 6.