Having finished her rookie season fourth in points, class two competitor Chelsea Herbert sits in third place after round one of the 2017/18 BNT V8 season and her goal moving forward is for more consistency.
“Consistency is my main goal for this season, that’s what wins championships, which is exactly what we strive to achieve,” says Herbert.
Competing in her new look MTF Finance Ford Falcon, Herberts efforts were hampered early on at Pukekohe’s round one with mechanical issues cutting down her track time.
“I’m very happy with Pukekohe. Achieving podiums straight out the gate with no testing in the car prior to the meeting and even prior to qualifying we have to be proud of our achievements. Mechanically we had some pretty big hurdles to over come in the weeks and hours leading up to that meeting so all thanks goes to my team for putting in some ridiculous hours to not only get that car ready to race but to make it super competitive also.”
“We’re sitting third in the championship currently and we are really hoping to keep it on the podium this weekend.”
With her rookie season behind her, Herbert says though she hoped for a better championship finish, the fourth position placing has given her a good base to work from.
“Looking back on last season, I’m proud of how my team and myself performed. Of course every racecar driver’s intention is to go out on track and win. Finishing up my rookie season in the 4th overall in the MTF V8 gives us a good base to work forward from for this season but naturally I had hoped for a better result.”
“It was my rookie season and for that I have to take a step back and appreciate how quickly my whole team developed and I have to be proud of all the top results we did achieve.”
“With results like podiums at round one, pole position at round two and carrying on podium finishes throughout the season I would be happy in saying it was a 8/10 season for us. All eyes are forward to this season now and we have to take our learning’s from last season and really capitalise on them for this coming one.”
As the BNT V8 Championship moves into round two this weekend at Taupo, Herbert is hoping this weekend could net her and her team their first win.
At the same event last season she scored her maiden pole position.
“Ideally I am hoping for a repeat of my pole qualifying position last season at Taupo, the car is fast again this season and with some extra knowledge of the car under the helmet this time round I am hoping to convert that into a win. Only time will tell how this weekend is going to pan out, but I learnt how to open a bottle of Champagne on the podium last round so hopefully I can put that skill back into use for this round!”