Heading into last weekend’s Australian Modlites Title at Kingaroy Speedway in Queensland, Kyle Honour wasn’t considered one of the favourites; however, that didn’t stop him from coming away with the Australian Title top honours.
Honour, from the Brisbane suburb of Brackenridge in Queensland, was right amongst the leading contenders throughout the Australian Title event and despite numerous challenges, which included a damaged steering column and stiff competition from rivals throughout the feature race, he was able to do enough to come out on top.
“There is no question that I well and truly had to earn the Australian Title win, as I had few things working against me over the weekend, but I managed to overcome them and that made winning much sweeter,” the 23-year-old racer said, who finished third in last season’s Australian Title at Brisbane’s Archerfield Speedway.
“Although I had a few hurdles during the feature race, I felt that my experience from last season’s Australian Title helped me overcome them and it played a massive part in me persisting and never giving up, which in the end gave me the Australian Title win.”
Honour started from position three in the Australian Title deciding feature race after being a model of consistency during the qualifying events which included a second-place finish behind defending Australian Champion Klinton Hancey in his preliminary feature race. To say that the feature race had a bit of everything would be quite the understatement; however, Honour kept his composure throughout the 30-lap event, which saw him lose the lead and then regain it on numerous occasions and survive a number of long stoppages due to crashes, but he led the most important lap; the last one all the way through to the chequered flag.
In only his second seasons in Modlites, Honour leading up to the Australian Title had only half a dozen race meetings to his name. Despite the lack of track time compared to many of his main rivals, he felt confident going into his Australian Title campaign aboard his Qld # 5 Redcliffe Wrecking supported Troyer car that saw him record a maiden feature-race win in the car’s debut outing during the season opener at Gympie’s Mothar Mountain Speedway. Honour’s debut season, which was aboard a Lightning Chassis car, saw him record several impressive results, which included a third-place finish in the Australian Title and a second-place finish in the Queensland Title.
Honour was quick to heap praise on car owner and Redcliffe Wrecking Racing team mate Sean Rose for all his support, who took him under his wing following a brief stint in Go Karts on the tar circuits.
“I can’t thank Sean and Nina Rose enough for all of their support, because without them, I wouldn’t be able to do what I do,” he admitted, who has also test drove numerous Aussie Racing Cars owned by Rose on the tar circuits.
“Sean has given me an opportunity to drive for him as part of his team, and it’s a great honour to be able to achieve an Australian Title win for the whole team and be able to thank them for all of their support in the best possible way.”
The debut outing for Honour as Australian Champion will be at Archerfield Speedway on May 18 for the Queensland Title, and it’s where he is looking to improve on last season’s second-place finish.
Honour would like to thank his 2018-19 season sponsors: Redcliffe Wrecking, Kables Café on Corrie Street, B&B Caravans, JC Race Engines, and The Shock Doctor. Special thanks go to Sean and Nina Rose, Honour’s dad Kevin, his girlfriend Jassmine, and Jamie McHugh for his setup advice.
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