Mick has foes eating dust
YOU know that frustrating feeling of following someone down a dirt trail and not being able to see five metres ahead for all the dust engulfing your car?
Then spare a thought for Mick Sauer's Australian Motor-Racing Contest Association (AMCA) counterparts who must be fed-up with eating his dust.
Whether in Lismore, Parramatta, Rockhampton, or even Darwin, the Pottsville speed demon and his 253 V8 have been tearing up the track and recording remarkable results.
“Mick didn't want anyone to know or for us to talk to the newspaper, but mum and I thought he deserved recognition,” Mick's sister Kim said.
“He didn't want to 'skite' about it, but we're really proud of how well he's gone this year.”
Sauer finished the 2008-09 season as South East Queensland's highest point scorer, driving his way into second at the final Lismore event, third at the Queensland State Titles, and fourth at the NSW State Titles.
With the local season all wrapped up, the landscape supplier turned Pottsville Self-Storage owner drove his talents to the Territory a fortnight ago, where he continued to go from strength to strength.
In the opening heat he started from third, but after the second lap it was apparent which way the race was going to go, as Sauer swept around the lead two cars and raced away for victory.
He started the second in eighth and after registering the fastest lap time worked his way through the pack and into third.
The highest point scorer after the opening two heats, Sauer began the third from the rear of the pack, and was quick to assert his dominance, clawing his way back into fifth spot with a master class in dirt track driving.
In the final race they started the champion from the position he deserved - pole - and there was only ever going to be one winner once the flag dropped.
“It was nerve-racking listening to the final race on the internet,” Kim said.
“He won pretty easily in the end, but there was a hairy moment on the penultimate lap when he was almost passed.
“But he was on a mission and held on for victory.”
Mick will return to Darwin on August 13 for two minor race meets ahead of the Northern Territory Titles on August 29.
“Most of the family and crew are flying up in August,” Kim said.
“Getting along to the meets to support Mick helps keep our family close which is nice.”
That meet will be Sauer's final run in the AMCA class, with plans to gear up into the next class ,V8 Dirt Modifieds, pumping out a massive 590hp.
The 29-year-old put his new toy through its paces last month, before leaving it in the experienced hands of mechanic Ken McNamara who is finalising preparations ahead of the 2009/10 season launch in September.
“It's essentially his old car on some serious steroids,” Kim said.
“We are seeking sponsorship of all types and so if anyone can assist please get in contact with us.”