Trengove back on track at Mallala! Paul Trengove was a surprise addition to today's F4000 practice sessions at Mallala raceway, after answering to a last minute call up from Champion team Ralt Australia to race in a one -- off deal this ...
Trengove back on track at Mallala!
Paul Trengove was a surprise addition to today's F4000 practice sessions at Mallala raceway, after answering to a last minute call up from Champion team Ralt Australia to race in a one -- off deal this weekend.
Trengove, runner up in the prestigious CAMS Gold Star in 2003, was originally set to miss the season due to a lack of funding, however today's phone call from Ralt boss Graham Watson changed everything for the South Australian.
"It was a huge surprise," Said Trengove after the second practice session today. "I got the phone call this morning, and dropped everything at work to get to Mallala." Trengove arrived at the track just minutes before the second practice session, leaving little time to prepare for the meeting -- before this weekend he hadn't even renewed his Competition licence: "I hadn't renewed it because I thought I would be sitting the year out!" he said.
Despite the lack of preparation, Trengove said that he was looking forward to the weekend. "I am looking to pick up where I left off last season," he said. "We had a great season last year, and hopefully we can raise the budget to complete this season with Ralt Australia."
Despite not driving one of Australia's fastest racing cars since November last year, Trengove proved he would be a force to reckoned with this weekend, lapping competitively in the 1m06 bracket during today's second practice session.
"I was using the same seat as Will Power used a couple of years ago, and I was a bit uncomfortable at first." He commented. "But once I had gotten back in the groove it felt great to be back out in one of these awesome cars."
Trengove will line up against a strong Gold Star field, which includes ex -- F3000 driver Rob Ngyuen and reigning Formula Ford National champion Neil McFadyen.
F4000 has taken a bold new direction in 2004, moving away from the V8 Supercar program to better control the categories direction.
" I think this could be a good move for F4000," Said Trengove. "This is set to be a great year for the series, and I would love to be a part of it."
The F4000 / Holden Australian Drivers championship returns to South Australia's Mallala Raceway tomorrow with a 30-minute qualifying session, to be followed by two tough races on Sunday.