Super Cheap Auto Ford driver Steve Ellery will have fingers and toes crossed next weekend at Calder Park Raceway, as he attempts to ward off bad luck and rediscover the success he found at the track last year. Black cats and horseshoes aside, ...
Super Cheap Auto Ford driver Steve Ellery will have fingers and toes crossed next weekend at Calder Park Raceway, as he attempts to ward off bad luck and rediscover the success he found at the track last year.
Black cats and horseshoes aside, Steve says its no surprise misfortune has found him this year, but says he's not the only one who must have walked under a ladder.
"We've had some bad luck this year, but when you look at the grid and there's 32 drivers all chasing the elusive win, it's no wonder that things happen on track," Ellery said.
"If you look at Radisich, he'd probably be leading the championship if the cards had fallen his way. There are many bad luck stories going around. Some drivers have had just as much misfortune as I have."
Ellery agrees that the philosophical term 'that's racing' used to explain away bad luck, has been given a good workout and says it's because the V8 competition is the closest it's ever been.
"Calder", Ellery predicts, "will be our tightest round yet".
"Last year I was 3/10ths of a second from pole in 11th position. There was 1.0second from pole to 25th, it was close then and since Calder last year, we've all stepped up another notch.
"It means the chase for the lead spot will be tough, the toughest it's been at any race. Qualifying is so important to get right and then you have to be ready for three really close battles."
Ellery 'got it right' last year, topping an acceptable 11th in qualifying with two 7th positions before coming off the track in the last race. He says the good performances were the start of a winning streak which saw him take victory at Sandown Raceway.
Ellery wants to continue the perfect finishing streak he's set up this year (which only a handful of drivers can claim) and says it's his main goal at Calder.
"Finishing is number one priority. The GMC 400 proved that two average performances, topped off with a good one can send you up the order and there's a lot to be learnt from that.
"It used to be that if you were running 12th, you'd flog the car to try and make it into 11th and risk throwing away a good finish spot for a few more points. In the big scheme of things there's not a lot of difference between 11th and 12th but a hell of a lot of risk involved in chasing it," Ellery explained.
The Super Cheap Auto driver is confident about his car speed and qualifying pace and enjoyed the recent sprint round in Perth. He hopes Lady Luck will smile on him at Calder and give him a trouble free run.
Steve is currently 13th in the Shell Championship Series on 815 points, behind Garth Tander (930) and Paul Radisich (977). He is followed by John Bowe (782).