Steve Ellery will continue his championship assault at the up-coming New Zealand round of the Shell Championship Series says the biggest threat at the Pukekohe track will come from a handful of drivers who have been to the remote north-island...
Steve Ellery will continue his championship assault at the up-coming New Zealand round of the Shell Championship Series says the biggest threat at the Pukekohe track will come from a handful of drivers who have been to the remote north-island track before.
The Super Cheap Auto driver is currently ninth in the championship and despite reaching his championship goal of being inside the top ten, Ellery will still be chasing championship spots.
"I've had a long look at the entry list and there are at least half a dozen guys who you'd call favourites for New Zealand. Morris, Radisich, Johnson and Murphy all know what the Pukekohe track is like, but the rest of us have a big job ahead of us," Ellery said.
"I have no doubt this will be one of the toughest, and probably one of the best rounds of the championship and I think the Kiwi fans will expect a lot of the racing.
"The benefit the fans have is that every single one of the drivers out there just wants to get back into the championship. That can only mean great racing."
Ellery says he's heard a bit about the track, has had a look at maps and old footage of races but agrees he won't really get a feel for the track until he arrives next week.
"I'll get there Wednesday and drive the track or walk the track, whatever we can do, to get a feel for it.
"Getting it right straightaway will be the secret for New Zealand. In terms of our team it's all up to me to find the set up that's right for the track and then improve on it.
"On paper, it looks a bit like Sandown. A couple of tight corners leading on to long straights and I've heard it's quite bumpy and rough. That sort of track usually lends itself to good racing so I'm looking forward to it."
After his unsettling run on the Gold Coast Ellery is looking to settle back to where he was before the showcase event. He holds a perfect finishing record for championship events and with only two rounds to go is planning to keep that safe and cement his top ten in the championship.
After Pukekohe the championship heads to Sandown in Victoria, where Ellery expects to again do well.