Thursday, 21 September 2017

MODLITES

Terry Leerentveld was very satisfied to come away with a successful defence in the Queensland Modlites Title last Saturday night at Toowoomba’s Hi-Tec Oils Speedway; however, it certainly wasn’t an easy task.

It was from position 10 in the field that Leerentveld was forced to launch his comeback in the Queensland Title-deciding feature race, after experiencing difficulty during an earlier heat race which consequently affected his qualifying result.

Maintaining his composure, the defending Queensland Champion managed to put the beginning of the night behind him by focusing on the task at hand, moving into fifth place in the early stages of the feature race before utilising the high line on what was a very fast track and making his way up to third by lap six. Taking over second place after the car ahead of him crashed out, Leerentveld attempted to steal the lead from Graham Knuckey on the restart but was unable to make the move stick. However, a second chance was all he needed when the yellows came back out just three laps later, taking over the top spot from Knuckey and going on to set the pace for the remainder of the 25-lap distance.

Leerentveld, from Dalby in the south-west of Queensland, couldn’t have been happier to turn his night around, after his Queensland Title campaign began with him winning his opening heat race from fifth place, only to be disqualified for not making it to the scales after completing his driver interview.

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Photo: Ray Ritter

Keeping his cool and concentrating only on what he could control, Leerentveld impressively bounced back from this misfortune to score the second Queensland Title of his career.

“We were definitely on the back foot after being disqualified from our opening heat race, but to be able to overcome that setback and be rewarded with the Queensland Title win is extremely satisfying,” commented the two-time Australian Champion, who was producing record-breaking speeds in his heat races, finishing second in his remaining heat race from towards the rear of field, before also finishing second in the Dash (Evens) from his seventh-place starting position.

“Full credit to Hi-Tec Oils Speedway for the preparation of the track, which was one of the best I’ve ever raced on there,” he praised.

“We were very happy with the performance of the car, which is a testament to all of the hard work put in by my team.”

Debuting his Qld # 1 Landmark - Dalby backed Edge chassis earlier this season, Leerentveld has won five from seven race meetings in the new machine, which includes his South Australian Title win at Whyalla’s Westline Speedway over the Australia Day long weekend. Leerentveld’s five wins are accompanied by a fifth-place finish in the Australian Title, also at Westline Speedway, and a third-place finish in the NSW Title at Sydney’s Valvoline Raceway.

Having purchased a Bicknell V8 Dirt Modified from Ray Klarich, which he also debuted earlier this season, Leerentveld is looking forward to contesting his next race meeting with the class at Brisbane’s Archerfield Speedway on the Saturday night of April 8, followed by the Australian V8 Dirt Modified Championship at Rockhampton’s Rocky Speedway on April 15 and 16.

“I’m really looking forward stepping into V8 Dirt Modifieds,” added Leerentveld, who will be juggling his time between both V8 Dirt Modifieds and Modlites.

“V8 Dirt Modifieds are a very difficult national class with some tough competition, so it’s certainly not going to be easy, but I’m excited to give myself the challenge.”

Leerentveld is proudly supported by the following 2016-17 season sponsors: Landmark - Dalby, Adama Australia, Fertimax - Dalby, Edge Racing Australia and Yaralla Buses. Special thanks: Angela (wife) and Dianne (mum).

To find out more about Leerentveld, LIKE him on Facebook by searching Leerentveld Racing.

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