MOTORSPORT: “It was the best year of motorsport I have ever had.”
When Bundaberg’s Paul Kellaway describes his season of racing in the Queensland Formula Vee racing series it is easy to see why he says that.
The racer, who now dons number one on his car this year, won three state titles in an almost flawless year of racing.
Competing in open wheelers using Volkswagen engines he won 21 races out of 22 in six rounds.
His only blemish was a race at the Queensland Raceway which was stopped four laps before the finish because of a red flag.
In the end he won the Confederation of Australia Motorsport state championship, the Queensland Racing Drivers Association Formula Vee title with the Formula Vee championship.
“We won every race in the CAMS and QRDA championship and 21 overall,” he explained.
“I was really pleased with the way I drove though and the car had pace.
“Despite the success it was a hard battle and I like to think I got lucky at times that season.”
He also credits a break in 2015 for motivating him to come back to his best.
“We had to rebuild the car after an accident bent all four corners of the car,” he said.
“It allowed us to make sure everything was right in the car.”
And it was during his season of dominance.
“It just did what we wanted it to do,” he said.
“It was a tough decision to take six months off in 2015 but it was the right choice.”
Now Kellaway is focused on going back-to-back this year and continuing his run.
But in the first round of the championship that didn’t go to plan.
Engine problems at Lakeside earlier this month saw the racer struggle and finish third for the round.
He is now 40 points behind the leader.
“We’ll get those engine problems sorted out,” he said.
“There’s still significant time in the series and we will be fine.”
Kellaway said he wouldn’t be where he was without sponsors Mick’s Motors, Egan Tyre and Mechanical and Active Security Group.
The next round of the series will be held in Morgan Park next month.