Lithgow’s Brad De Losa continued his mixed form in round four of the 2016 Stihl Timbersports Australian Championship.
While he managed to set a new Australian hot saw record and claim another discipline win he lost valuable points with low finishes in a couple of other disclipines at the championship held at the V8 Supercars in Sandown, Victoria.
In such a tight competition De Losa has lost his share of the lead but sits in second, only two points behind.
De Losa’s third-placed finish did secure his place on the Chopperoos team.
The team that will be campaigning to win the World Championship for a third-straight year in Stuttgart Germany this November.
De Losa re-set his own Australian hot saw record in a blistering 6.03 seconds. He also won the singlebuck, was third in the springboard, fifth in the standing block and seventh in the underhand.
“It was a great run with the hot saw, it is always great to get a record,” De Losa said.
“Unfortunately records aren’t really what you are out there for, you are out there to win the competition and in Sandown things didn’t go that well. I was disappointed to finish up how I did.”
Laurence O’Toole won the Sandown round, followed by Brayden Meyer from Victoria and De Losa in third place.
With the overall rankings, O’Toole is on top, De Losa is second, and Meyer and Jamie Head from Queeensland are tied for third.
There are just three points between them, meaning any of the four could be crowned Australian Champion at the end of the next round.
“It is certainly hard to gain a couple of points with the way this competition is so going into Bathurst it is going to be pretty hard to make up a few points so I will have to have a lot of luck run my way,” De Losa said.
The fifth spot on the Timbersports team is still to be decided also with just three points separating fifth and eighth place.
De Losa will be on home ground in the final round with a short journey to compete at the Bathurst 1000 from October 7 to 9.