When the DEWALT SXS Motorsport Australia Championship meets in September for the opening round of the 2020 season, there will be one particular driver out there with a point to prove.
Stephen Henry is no stranger to winning events and has often been in contention for round wins – his 2018 season marking the best of his career with two podiums and a round victory.
That year, Henry may have ended the season in third place overall, but only six points in total separated he and the outright champion in Simon Evans after it all came down to the final lap of the season.
After a tough 2019, the Queenslander is keen to bounce back in 2020.
“I am feeling fairly confident heading into this year. Although you never know until you’re lined up on the grid for the first race. I think we will be a lot better than last year,” Henry said.
‘We can’t really do much worse (than 2019) to be honest. We just had constant trouble with the car last year because we tried to get too smart with our buggy and use a different type of suspension.
“Although it didn’t go well because we never got on top of our issues and everything new we tried to do didn’t work, which was frustrating. We were going around in circles trying to get over the problem.
“We seemed to have good starts to races but then would always fade away and we couldn’t flow with the speed. It’s as simple as that.
“We have fixed all that now and will be running a standard suspension this year, so providing there aren’t any new issue, I expect us to have some strong results this year.”
With the Championship reduced to just three rounds, there will be no room for error from either Henry or any of the other competitors with every point vital to a good score.
Despite the added pressure on each round, Henry is just looking forward to the season getting started soon.
“I am pretty excited because it’s been quite a while since I was last racing and I really enjoy going to these events,” Henry explained.
“We have a little bit more prep on the car still remaining but it’s looking pretty good so far. The change of venue will also make the first round interesting as it’s different.
“I think we have all been to Albury a few times and it’s a bit of shame we couldn’t race there again but a new track is always exciting. So I am just looking forward to racing again and trying to get that title.”
The three round DEWALT SXS Motorsport Australia Championship season is slated to being at Monza Park in Victoria on September 12.