Australian motor racing driver Luke Youlden will be looking to continue his good form when he lines up in the Powerbuilt Tools/Bed Rumours Handcrafted Beds Ford Mustang at the Taupo Motorsport Centre this weekend.
Youlden will be competing in the first round of the Schaeffer Oil N.Z. Super Sedan Series at the circuit. The series is contested by high performance, large capacity cars and should provide an impressive spectacle at the Taupo track. Youlden is looking forward to his second outing in the 735hp Mustang, describing it as "awesome" after his first event in the car last weekend.
While the Mustang is a very different car to those Youlden generally drives he is no stranger to the Taupo Motorsport Centre. He raced there earlier this year in the Powerbuilt Falcon with which he contested the NZV8s Championship and on that occasion he won one of the three races around the 3.6 kilometre complex.
The Taupo event is Youlden's third consecutive weekend of racing that has seen him in action on both sides of the Tasman. Two weeks ago he helped steer the Stone Brothers Racing Ford Falcon he shared with Australian V8 Supercar Champion Russell Ingall to 4th place at Bathurst. The duo finished just .005 seconds behind team mates James Courtney and Glen Seton who took the final podium spot in the "Great Race". Last weekend the Melbourne based ace was in action at Powerbuilt Tools International Raceway in Christchurch where he had his first drive of the Mustang owned by Derin Greenslade of Tauranga. After running 10 laps on the Friday preceding qualifying, Youlden needed just three laps of qualifying to not only put the car on pole position but also slice almost 1 second off Kayne Scott's long standing lap record.
The following day Youlden dominated racing at the 3.3 kilometre track on the outskirts of Christchurch winning three races from three. His three wins included a chase from behind after starting from the pitlane after the field had departed in the final race.
The Australian has a busy schedule in New Zealand over the summer months. Not only will he be contesting the N.Z. Super Sedan Series but he will also be driving the Powerbuilt Falcon for a second season when the NZV8s Series kicks off at Pukekohe Park near Auckland next month.
CALENDAR - SCHAEFFER OIL N.Z SUPER SEDAN SERIES
Round 1: 21/22 October 2006 - Taupo Motorsport Centre, Taupo
Round 2: 11/12 November 2006 - Manfeild Autocourse, Feilding
Round 3: 2/3 December 2006 - Pukekohe Park, Pukekohe
Round 4: 14 January 2007 - Pukekohe Park, Pukekohe
Round 5: 10/11 February 2007 - Taupo Motorsport Centre, Taupo
Round 6: 7/8 April 2007 - Taupo Motorsport Centre, Taupo