ARDIE Jonic found himself back on top last Saturday night, when he managed to reclaim the Queensland Junior Sedan Title in his home state at Gympie's Mothar Mountain Speedway, in doing so clinching the 10th major title victory of his career.
Repeating history after also regaining the South Australia Title just last month, Jonic's Queensland Title win was something he had set his sights on achieving quite some time ago, having been forced to relinquish his crown when he was unable to compete in last season's title due to injury.
In what was a near-perfect performance from the 15-year-old racer, who picked up a pair of heat-race wins and a second to earn the pole position start for the Queensland Title-deciding feature race, despite suffering steering rack issues aboard his Aus #1 Daihatsu Charade throughout the night.
Still experiencing those steering issues during the feature race, the current National Champion did outstandingly well to remain composed throughout the 20-lap distance and manage the problem. Not only did he go flag to flag to claim victory, he also impressively lowered his own one-lap track record, recording a 19.451 second lap.
"To once again win the state title in my home state means quite a lot, especially because I wasn't able to try and defend my title in last season's event due to injury,” Jonic said.
"It was a massive effort from the whole team to try and manage the steering rack issues during the night and thankfully we were still able to come out on top.”
The Ipswich resident is now preparing to defend his National Title this Friday and Saturday night at Maryborough Speedway on the Fraser Coast, and he will no doubt be riding a wave of confidence off the back of his Queensland Title victory.
"The National Title brings the best of the best Junior Sedan drivers together, and I'm looking to getting out there and doing the best I can,” Jonic said.
"With the competition in Junior Sedans being so tough, especially at a National Title, it's going to be vital that I get through the qualifying events with consistent results to try and start somewhere up towards the front of the feature race.
"If I can do that, then hopefully it will give me the best opportunity to defend my National Title.”