Schofield hopeful he and Pomeroy can succeed
YOU always have to be confident.
It is that mindset that Antony Schofield and Luke Pomeroy hope will fuel their charge to a Queensland Sidecar Title on Saturday.
The Gladstone pair joined forces about 18 months ago.
"I've been riding sidecars for about eight or nine years but I had a break and went to Formula 500,” Schofield said. "I got to know Luke through that.
"He's always been up me to have a go so one day I decided to go back to sidecar and asked if he was keen.
"I can't get him off now.”
Schofield knew from prior experience how successful sidecars are driven by a close partnership between driver and passenger.
With Luke, it worked.
"He picked it up straight away.” Schofield said.
"He had a fair idea straight away of what to do and 18 months later we're off to a state titles.”
It won't be easy for the pair, who have to compete against 14 other teams to qualify for an opportunity at the title, then beat some of the country's best riders.
But, as Schofield said at the start of an interview with the Chronicle, you always have to be confident.
"Darrin Treloar, Brodie Cohen, Tyler Moon - they're probably the three to watch,” Schofield said.
"And there's 15 teams who want to be there. Id like to think we can.”
Schofield's 2016 campaign did not go to plan, as they finished outside the top 16.
That is a result he wants to erase and replace when he straps on the helmet alongside familiar riders at Maryborough Speedway.
"All of these guys race as much, if not more, than we do,” Schofield said.
"They're all good blokes.
"Personally, I'll try to chill out before the race. Listen to a few tunes (Australian icons AC/DC and heavy metal group Disturbed lead his playlist), and try not to stress out too much. You have to regroup after the qualifier as well.”
If things don't go to plan overall, a win against his dad Gary, who partners Phil Fox, will suffice.
"He got me last time so fingers crossed its my turn.”