NEAR PERFECT START: Joel Berkley has had an awesome season to date, winning five of his six races. Berkley is chasing sponsors to fuel his quest for a national title, which will be held at Hamilton, Victoria, on the Australia Day weekend.
NEAR PERFECT START: Joel Berkley has had an awesome season to date, winning five of his six races. Berkley is chasing sponsors to fuel his quest for a national title, which will be held at Hamilton, Victoria, on the Australia Day weekend. Matthew McInerney

Can Berkley claim his sixth win in seven races?

PRODDIES: Joel Berkley can't deny he has dominated his class this season.

"Well I can't say I haven't so we've done six meets, won five of them, and we were third in the other one,” Berkley said.

"I really can't complain.”

The 19-year-old is on fire in the production sedans, and he will hit Maryborough Speedway in search of his sixth win in seven races.

So what's changed for the man who will undoubtedly have a target on his back Saturday night?

The answer is three-fold, and it's simple: finish races, build consistency, and earn the much-needed experience.

"Between this and last season we've worked hard to build some consistency with the car. We did something like 18-odd shows last season and only finished three of them,” he said.

"We've worked on building consistency with the car, worked on the shock package with the car, and obviously the more you race, the more experience you get so it's clicking along. We'll just keep doing what we're doing and see how it goes this weekend.”

His most memorable win this season came at Hi-Tec Oils Speedway at Toowoomba, when he claimed the Dean Fraser Memorial.

"We quite convincingly won that race. You don't know until you get out of the car but we won it by six seconds,” Berkley said. "The week after we raced at Gympie, which is an odd-shaped track, and we managed to win there.”

Despite the strong record and his hot form, Berkley is by no means overconfident heading into the meet. He feels more pressure driving on his home track than from his imposing record.

"I'm confident, but you can never go in thinking you'll win a race weekend,” Berkley said.

"So many things can happen and you need luck on your side.

"It's just get through the three heats, and start towards the pointy end in the feature.”

Berkley has raced for years, progressing from the junior sedans to the production sedans.

This is his second season in the class and he has loved every second.

"They're a great bunch of guys to race against,” he said. "The best of the best cars race here all the time so hopefully we can keep it up .”



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