Off the back of a nightmare start to the 2017 National Super Sedan Title at Albany’s Attwell Park Speedway last weekend, Darren Kane and the Ian Boettcher Race Parts team managed to pull it all together when it counted to take the well-earned victory.

Despite eventually driving to a convincing win to collect his third National Title crown, having previously won in 2004 and 2009, and his ninth Super Sedan feature-race win of the current season, it certainly wasn’t easy for the Queenslander and his team, who were forced to put in a herculean effort just to get Kane back out on track to participate in the prestigious event, let alone win it.

Getting his National Title campaign off to the worst possible start, the pilot of the Qld # 36 Ian Boettcher Race Parts / Motorsport Fuels backed Dominator was behind the eight ball from the outset, sustaining significant front-end damage after being involved in a crash during his opening heat race, which also pierced his dry sump tank.

Unable to make it out in his own car for heat race two while hasty repairs were underway, Kane filled the driver’s seat of the Terry Green owned WA # 76 machine, which he steered to a sixth-place finish, before returning to the track in his patched up Dominator for his third heat race, where he managed to collect an impressive win.

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Starting night two in considerably better fashion, Kane lined up ninth for the 40-lap National Title-deciding feature race, after winning his final heat race, quickly making up ground and moving into fourth by lap 11. By lap 23, Kane had clinched the lead and was able to hold on to it for the remaining distance to score what was without a doubt a fighting National Title victory.

“To have the start that we had and be able to bounce back and score the National Title win is amazing, and it’s a huge testament to the effort put in by my whole team,” commented Kane, who was the only driver to crack the 15-second bracket all weekend.

“This result would absolutely not have been possible without the incredible hard work of my team, along with the amazing support from all of the other teams who helped us and lent us parts, including a bonnet and a dry sump tank.”

Making the long trip across the Nullarbor from Western Australia to New South Wales, Kane will hope to carry his winning form into this Saturday night’s NSW Super Sedan Title at Sydney’s Valvoline Raceway, an event he’s won on five previous occasions.

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