That was how Ben Butcher summed up last season behind the wheel of the W42 and already there are positive signs that this year is going to be a better one for the quietly-spoken mechanic from Baldivis.
Despite saying last summer had its challenges, Butcher made the transfer to the A Main and finished 10th in the Australian 360 Sprintcar Championship at the Perth Motorplex earlier this year – something he hopes to build on when the same venue hosts the title again next March.
And already there are some positive signs.
The 22-year-old heads into the third round of the SAWA 360 Power Series at the Perth Motorplex this Saturday night with confidence after claiming victory in the second round at Pithara Speedway two weeks ago.
This was on the back of his fifth in the series-opener at Racing Drivers Association of WA Inc – Ellenbrook Speedway on October 7.
Not working away at the moment and concentrating on the car’s preparation appears to have paid dividends for the Ben Butcher Racing – Sprintcar w42 crew.
“And it is the first year pretty much that we have relied on just ourselves in setting the car up,” Butcher said.
He is aiming to contest most of the 360 Power Series, as well as setting his sights high for the national title.
“I would love to finish again in the top 10 and I would love to finish in the top five,” he said.
In the lead up to the event a lot of the team’s focus will be on getting the right car set-up but at the moment the focus is on this Saturday night’s racing that is part of the Harris Engines Super Speedway Stampede.
9 Stephen Adley
12 Ray Leonard
21 Troy Lawson
22 Brodie Minchin
23 Thomas Davies
36 Vince Rosenthal
42 Ben Butcher
50 Chris Gronow
51 Jamie Oldfield
79 Tom Hooper
88 Adrian Haywood