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Brendon Pingel in the driver’s seat in Aussie Car Racing

SPIRITS HIGH: Brendon Pingel is looking forward to racing his Spirit of Lockyer car at Bathurst next month.
SPIRITS HIGH: Brendon Pingel is looking forward to racing his Spirit of Lockyer car at Bathurst next month. Derek Barry

As we head to the business end of the Aussie Racing Car season, Lockyer Valley's Brendon Pingel is still a good chance to win outright.

Pingel is currently sitting in third place with two rounds remaining and they are the two big ones - Bathurst and Phillip Island.

With 50 racers starting on the grid, it won't be easy, but Pingel is confident his skills and his car can get him over the line on the back of an outstanding weekend at Queensland Raceway last month.

"They are two great circuits, proper racing circuits not like Queensland Raceway which is a bit boring," Pingel said.

Mt Panorama certainly won't be boring, with the event forming part of the Bathurst 1000 festival.

As usual Pingel will be doing four races over the weekend with double points on offer in the last race.

Dad and team manager Derek Pingel, a racing legend in his own right, said the format meant it was crucial there were no "DNFs" (Did Not Finish).

"We had a DNF in the first race last season and we were playing catch up after that," Derek said.

"The car has to be brilliantly prepared so there is no breakdowns."

While Derek's greatest success came in the open cars of Formula 4000, son Brendon has his eyes set on a different prize.

"Some day I'd like to get into the V8s, but the cost is astronomical," he said.

This is the second year the Spirit of Lockyer has revved around the Aussie Car circuit, powered by a 1300cc XJR Yamaha motorcycle engine capable of 0-100 in four seconds.

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