While they may have spent the better part of the season chasing some added speed aboard their Vic # 68 I Dig It supported 410 Sprintcar, Brett Milburn and his team have certainly found it in recent race meetings, with their relaxed approach paying dividends.
Having focused on playing the points game in previous seasons, aiming for consistency as opposed to feature-race wins in order to bank as many series points as possible, Milburn has changed tack this season, instead deciding to pick and choose his race meetings, therefore allowing the 40-year-old driver to concentrate on one race at a time.
Continuing to work on finding a balance between setup and speed, it recently became clear at Ballarat’s Redline Raceway that Milburn and his team had found the sweet spot, emerging victorious in the 11th Eureka Garages & Sheds Series round, which was his first round win since the Great Southern Showdown at Geelong’s Avalon Raceway during the 2016-17 season.
Backing up that form during the series grand final at Warrnambool’s Premier Speedway last Saturday night, Milburn was forced to qualify for the feature race via the B main after some difficulty in time trials. However, he certainly managed to bounce back in the feature race itself, coming from position 17 and passing some of the country’s best drivers to place seventh.
“We’ve been working really hard on getting the car to where it needs to be and it looks like we’ve finally gotten there,” explained Milburn, who also participated in the Australian Wingless Sprint Championship back in February and was in podium contention until a spin out late in the race dashed his hopes of repeating his 2013 victory in the event.
“It’s been a lot easier for us to focus on each race meeting as it comes this season without getting too caught up in the points race for the series. Everything has started coming together for us in the latter stages of the season so we’re hoping to carry this momentum through to next season and start things off on a positive note.”
A two-time Eureka Garages & Sheds Series Champion, the Langwarrin, Victoria-based driver’s first victory was a result of superior consistency throughout each of his contested rounds, despite picking up no feature-race wins, while his second victory came down to the wire at Premier Speedway, including multiple round wins and minor podium finishes.
Although he missed two series rounds this season, Milburn still managed to finish a competitive sixth in the overall point standings.
With just one more 410 Sprintcar race meeting left on his calendar, being the opening Easter Trail round at Avalon Raceway on Good Friday (April 19), Milburn will also be contesting the remaining Triple Crown Series rounds in 360 Sprintcars aboard Phil Seymour’s car.
Throughout the 2018-19 season, Milburn is proudly supported by the following sponsors:
I Dig It
B & B retaining walls
Brakes and More
Thomo’s Race Graphix
Special thanks go to Milburn’s crew chief Ian Gosling, and his pit crew Dennis, Jason, Mitch R, Mitch S and Thomas.
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