Ex-world champion out to regain his Qld title
NEW South Welshman Darrin Treloar held five different titles last year.
The Parramatta-based rider is a former world, Oceania and Australian sidecar champion, and will be one of the hot favourites when Maryborough Speedway hosts the Qld Sidecar Title on Saturday.
Treloar, 49, will attempt to defend his Queensland title at the Heritage City with a new passenger, as Jesse Headland steps into the all-important role.
The partnership is vital.
Treloar and Headland must trust and know each other well enough to not only anticipate what move the other will make, but to react similarly and simultaneously to any situation that unfolds.
The only way to improve the combination, Treloar told the Chronicle, was to spend more time together on the track.
"I haven't had much time with Jesse,” Treloar said.
"That time is really important. (Sidecar racing) is not just about the driver.
"You have to have to work together on the track. It all takes time to develop.”
Treloar said understanding each other's body language was arguably the most important aspect in the development of a successful sidecar partnership.
"The body language, he has to read and understand what I'm doing,” he said.
"When you approach a corner, you might sit differently on the seat. He has to be able to tell that I've moved, and why I've moved, so he can react, and react quickly.”
It is that synergy that separates good riders from the champion riders, but it is something that takes time to develop - of which this pair have not had much.
Treloar and Headland are at the start of their season, which puts the Sydney duo at a distinct disadvantage when compared to their Sunshine State rivals.
It's not something the former world champion will use as an excuse though.
Instead, Treloar views the opportunity to compete at a foreign track of which he has very little knowledge as a chance to indulge in what he loves about the sport.
Treloar said he had not competed at Maryborough for "about three to five years”.
His knowledge of the track - it's composition, layout, and possibly some rivals - is limited.
"It doesn't bother me,” he said. "You have to go and adapt to the circuit. That's what I love about speedway.”
Treloar holds both the NSW and Qld titles.
He finished fourth at the Australian title and second at the world titles last year. They, and the Oceania championship, are on Treloar's hit list for the upcoming season.
It will not be easy.
He and Headland face a stiff challenge from the teams of Brodie Cohen and Damian Egan, Tyler Moon and Adam Lovell, Dave Hagel and Luke McGrath, in addition to the 15 hungry qualifiers who want nothing more than to shock the field and win a state title.