HOME success on the back of state glory has given Simpson speedway driver John Vogels confidence ahead of two key races.
Vogels has enjoyed a promising start to 2016, securing a Victorian title in the 410 Sprintcars earlier this month before steering to victory at the Simpson track’s feature event on Saturday night.
The 46-year-old won the 360 Sprintcars, pocketing $6000 in prizemoney in front of his home crowd.
Vogels said he was thrilled with his team’s recent form, which landed the experienced driver a second career state title.
“We had a good night and everything went our way,” he said.
“We’re getting everything right I suppose, we’re reading the track well and working out what we need in the car.”
Vogels said it was also pleasing to taste success in the 360 Sprintcars at Simpson on Saturday night.
The Simpson track hosted the richest 360 Sprintcar race in Australia at the weekend, with $23,000 in prizemoney up for grabs.
“We’ve got an old 360 we put in to run at Simpson more or less for our local sponsors and we happened to get it on the weekend which is great,” Vogels said.
“Having a bit of experience around Simpson helps as well.”
Vogels said back-to-back wins had given him a boost as he prepared to tackle two of 410 Sprintcars’ biggest events, which Warrnambool is hosting in 2016.
Vogels will compete in the Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic this weekend, before striving for national success.
“Hopefully it carries on to the next couple of weeks with the Classic and the Australian title,” he said.
“If you can get into the A-main in any of them, you’re doing well because 120-odd cars enter the Classic and about 100 cars for the Australian title.
“If you can get in the top 18 cars that’s pretty good, but it’s very hard qualifying in to any of those races.”