Learning curve for speedway champion
MOTORSPORT: Dalby's king of the track Terry Leerentveld has returned from a tough outing at the National V8 Dirt Modified Championships in Rockhampton on the weekend.
The state Modlite champion suffered from technical issues throughout the two day event, and as a result was the only driver to not finish the race.
Leerentveld said he could feel the car fail under him, bringing his campaign to a disappointing end.
"About 29 laps in the universal joint on the drive shaft busted, it just completely went on me,” Leerentveld said.
"I was up into 14th and on the outside of the cars in front and about to overtake them when the floor just started shaking like crazy; by the time I got back it had just destroyed itself.
"It was the first time I had raced the car hard and really gave it to it, and we weren't looking too bad before the problems.”
Despite the bad luck, Leerentveld said the event was a good learning curve and one he has taken great motivation from.
"The event was absolutely brilliant, Rockhampton Speedway and Dirt Modified Australia did a great show.
"I've come away with a lot more knowledge on how to drive and set up the car properly.
"Hopefully we take away what we learnt up in Rockhampton and be stronger moving forward.”
Leerentveld will need to move on quickly, with the state V8 Dirt Modified Title tomorrow night at the Maryborough Speedway.