Craig Vosbergen comes into the WA Late Model Title this Saturday at Perth Motorplex as one of the favourites following a streak of good results.
Spending the last month racing against touring American drivers has provided Vosbergen, who has American racing experience himself, with a comparison for his pace ahead of the championship race.
“We don’t do much different, we go to the United States every year and race against up to 100 of these guys,” he said. “It is good to have them here to get a gauge of where we are at and it just lifts the bar to have guys of that calibre come and visit us. It allows everyone to see professionals at work – driving is what they do for for a job.”
Kentucky-based Steve Francis proved the class driver of the tour, winning nearly every race he entered. Vosbergen said the only difference between Australian drivers and American drivers is the amount of racing they can do.
“Steve will do 80 races in a season compared to us doing 15. He does five times, six times as much racing as we do and all their races are minimum 50 lap finals. You get to understand your car better, you are tuned in and you can see the result.
“They have a good understanding of the car set up and adjustments to make. I think they have got it over us from that perspective. Both of those guys drove cars that are raced here normally, so it is not equipment, it is purely the guys themselves.”
Last time out at Perth Motorplex, Vosbergen finished third with the two Americans just aheads, also claiming a fourth place in Albany last week. Collie was not so kind, with an incident on track resulting in a DNF.
“We qualified alright but we had a bit of a mishap in the final early on, we were the top Aussie qualifier again but unfortunately we came together with another car and bent the steering arm. It was just one of those racing incidents.”
For the return to the Motorplex, Vosbergen is watching the weather closely, hoping to get an early view to the condition of the track. But regardless of what surface the Kwinana oval provides, he is confident the team can find a set up to suit.
“We just need to see what kind of track we get on the weekend and then get a bit of a game plan from there. We are expecting a hot week and we can normally try and figure out the track condition and adjust our set up from there. We think we have a good set up for both slick and heavy tracks.”
And as far as goals for the WA Late Model Title, Vosbergen really only has one on his mind.
“Our goal is to win, that’s what we want to do. We know that doesn’t happen every time but we have won a couple of state champs previously and we would love to have another one.”
The WA Late Model Title will be run in conjunction with the Carbusters Caravan, Boat and Dunny Demo Derby this Saturday night at the Motorplex.