BOUND for a dream tour of the US, Hayden Pascoe’s focus has been managing his machine, as well as his expectations.
On one hand he has had great success by in the Aussie Legend northern and southern regional championships – travelling the equivalent of three trips to Perth along the way. However, racing in Sydney has been a more difficult affair.
A crash in December has meant the Dapto driver has spent late nights panel beating and tinkering to have the car up and running.
“It’s copped a fair bit of a hiding,” Pascoe said. “I haven’t been too kind to it, after the crash we had to do a fair bit of work to try and get the car right.
“Everything was pretty much bent and I’ve had some mechanical problems and back luck along the way.
“So it’s just been a matter of finding something else to fix as the season went.”
His frustration continued at Moruya last weekend.
Pascoe won two heats, but was forced to settle for fifth in the feature race after spinning out trying to catch eventual winner, Canberra’s Robbie Rawlings.
While Sydney wins might have proven difficult, a new challenge awaits Pascoe after the final round is over at Wahgunya on June 12.
Three days later he jets out for Pennsylvania, to compete in seven races at five tracks on the USA’s east coast.
The cars are five-eighth scale 1934 Chevrolets, powered by a four-cylinder 1250cc Yamaha motor bike engine.
The restrictions on the category make for some of the closest racing of any category.
Pascoe is looking forward to the exposure of matching it with some of the best American drivers in the sport.
Even the prospect of borrowing a car over there makes him anything but gun shy about competing. It’s the reward for all the hard work, not just put into making sure the car stays competitive, but also fundraising to make the journey happen.
His final major push to travel to the US will be with a trivia night held at Dandaloo Hotel on May 27.
“There’s a really big following (in America), so I’m looking forward to being part of it,” he said.
“Just to have the chance to race against some great drivers over there and get some experience to bring back for next season as well.”
There will be precious little time for Pascoe to take a break when he returns from the US, with the next Aussie Legends series starting in October. “I’ll strip the car and there’s a new chassis on the way,” he said.
“There’ll be plenty of late nights before we start again in October.
“But hopefully I can at least get a couple of weeks where I can have a break and don’t have to worry too much about getting the car right.”
The new chassis will help Pascoe chase Sydney success next year.
“It will be great to pretty much start over again next season, but there’s a lot of work to be done,” he said.
“I’m just looking forward to getting plenty of experience over in the US and one day I’d like to be able to get the No 1 on the car.”