As the LF Performance CAMS Western Australia State Speed Series closes in the final third of the 15-round season, the standings have begun to take shape with Marcel Every currently leading.
On paper, Every has a comfortable 70 point lead over his closest rival in Ray Ferrari with just six rounds remaining, but with each competitor having to remove their lowest two round scores points, Every solid lead is only temporary.
Both Ferrari and the third placed Neil Herbert have already missed two rounds, meaning their points are as it seems, while Every is set to miss a round next month and have a further 15 points taken away from him – meaning his lead could drop to as low as 35 points.
However as Every has enjoyed a solid season in 2019, claiming three wins and three runner up finishes, the 1989 Mazda West has put his position down to his consistent form.
“I am really enjoying it,” Every said.
“It’s been a really competitive season but I think consistency has been the key.
“Just being able to finish an event and get points is important. Most events there are quicker guys who don’t have the reliability and don’t finish the events which helps me.
“With 15 rounds, it is all about consistency and there are some weekends like Collie and Albany where it’s two events in one weekend, so if you have a failure on the first day, you stuck on both."
Having led the event for the majority of the year, Every is confident he will continue to race the same way he has raced in the series all year.
“I am not going to ease up. I am always pushing the car,” Every added.
“Because it is sprint racing, you are racing yourself and against the clock. I am always pushing the car to go faster and faster. When I miss an event in September, I just need to make sure I have a good amount of points so it doesn’t hurt too much.
“Later this year, we are debuting at Collie’s new track and I know there will be a few people turning up for the first time this year to post the fastest lap bragging rights which could be interesting.”
Every’s main goal will be to finish in the top three for the next few rounds in order to take out the series and if the past four rounds is anything to go by, he should be confident.
Last month’s special Point-to-Point shoot out at Barbagallo saw competitors take on the Wanneroo based track in a different formation, which included running on it backwards.
While Every didn’t get the win, he finished second behind Gary West, who was making his maiden appearance for the year, while Ferrari and Herbet finished sixth and fifth respectively behind Stephen Dougherty and Luke Prior.
The LF Performance CAMS Western Australia State Speed Series's 10th round takes place in Perth City on 11 August.