ST LEONARDS road racer Quentin Blazley is hoping for improved lap times at the final round of the Tasmanian Motor Cycle Club road racing championships at Symmons Plains on October 27.
Earlier this year Blazley stepped up to the premier 1000cc class after several years competing in the 600cc class and said he was still coming to terms with the heavier, more powerful bike.
Last month he secured the Hobart-based Sports Riders Motorcycle Club championship and is in the box seat to claim the interclub championship - for SRCT and TMCC members - and held concurrently at selected events.
But his hopes of a podium finish in the TMCC club championship took a hit when last month's scheduled third round was cancelled because of water lying across the track on a couple of the corners at Symmons Plains.
Although Blazley agreed that conditions at the September meeting were appalling, part of him still wanted to race because of his points deficit - he now has just the four October 27 races to pass the three riders in front of him.
Blazley needs to gain four points on third-placed Rob Morton to move into third in the championship and nine points on second-placed Kurt Sushames to claim that place, but he accepts that any hopes of a championship win were washed away by September's rain and a dominant season by championship leader Brad Wootton.
"But I do want to get on the podium, preferably in at least second place," he said.
Blazley said that his best time on the bigger bike was only half a second faster than on the 600 and he wanted to stretch that out to one or two seconds.
He said that his move up to the premier class had been made possible through the financial support of Professional Painting Solutions, Kitchen Boss and Launceston Suzuki dealer Cycle World.