Lobb Targets Race Wins Over Playing it Safe

With an ever increasing lead in the ENZED V8 Ute Challenge Caine Lobb could be expected to sit tight and keep his head down doing all he can to stay out of trouble until the end of the season in April.

But that is not what racing is all about and there remains plenty of fire in the guts of Lobb as he heads to Manfeild Autocourse this weekend where he will be doing nothing less than looking for more race wins.

"We don't want to do anything stupid just gain points and finish every race. I like winning races and I always try to win. Once you have a win you never want anything less I don't think." said Lobb.

Lobb's massive lead of 104 points over second placed Simon Beirne is unprecedented in the series but with three rounds remaining there is still everything to play for. Beirne will do all he can to catch the Whangarei driver and a very determined defending champion Chris Pither will be looking for nothing less than race wins himself as he plays catch up after numerous mechanical woes has left him in third place.

But it's Lobb who will have the upper hand this weekend as he pilots the Mark Cromie Holden ute around the Manawatu circuit looking for more victories and to increase his lead in the series. To date the team have given him a faultless car and he has finished all races thus far this season winning three of four rounds.

"We're not there just to make up the numbers so we will be looking for more race wins." said Lobb.

No matter what the outcome for the spectators the action will be aplenty for all throughout the season there have been some epic battles between Whangarei's Lobb and Palmerston North's Chris Pither as they exchange the lead again and again.

Both Lobb and Pither have each taken their turn at being the victor by the end of these battles but overall it has been the spectators who have been the winners by bearing witness to some of the best Holden versus Ford V8 powered battles in New Zealand motorsport history.

Last month Lobb stated the final race of the round at Timaru International Motor Raceway to have been his most enjoyable ever, will he be able to top that this weekend in the Manawatu?

If he is successful in winning the season it will be Lobb's second championship win in the series.

The ENZED V8 Ute Challenge gets underway this Friday the 11th with practice sessions followed by a qualification session on Saturday morning. Points are awarded for qualifying placings and the driver's position on the starting grid for the afternoon's race are determined by a marble draw.

On Sunday morning race two will be started in reverse order from the previous race with the final race of the weekend started with drivers holding the most points after two races towards the front.

Last weekend Lobb competed another round of the Formula Suzuki Series at Hampton Downs south of Auckland.

Leading the open wheeled Suzuki class he was up close and competing side by side with some of the faster turbo powered sports cars running in the same race.

"We made some very good changes to the car and had it going much better by the last race, there were a couple of guys on me in the first couple of races and then in the last one I just left them for dead so we were really happy about that." said Lobb.

Lobb currently leads the Formula Suzuki Series with the next meeting scheduled 5-6 March.

 

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