LEETON'S Jarrod Whitty is aiming for a top 10 finish in this year's Toyota 86 Racing Series.
It's been a solid season on the track so far for Whitty and his goal may very well come true, pending his results at the Sandown track this weekend and in Newcastle on November 22 and 23.
Whitty recently tore up Mount Panorama in Bathurst, finishing the weekend seventh overall out of 34 cars.
"This is my third year in the Toyota 86 series ... it continues to be a really great experience," he said.
"Bathurst is such a great track and I love racing there.
"The first year we went, the idea was to just have a go and see how we want. The second time was about kicking into gear about more and this year was all about tackling it head on and really moving our speed up."
Whitty is a radiographer by day and said racing was a hobby he would continue to pursue for as long as possible.
In terms of making the top 10 this year, Whitty was hopeful of achieving that goal.
"Our first round this year was at Phillip Island back in April," Whitty said.
"My best result there was sixth. After that we went to Townsville where we had a bit of bad luck, which happens in racing.
"It was unfortunate we didn't perform as well as we could have there because of that.
"Hopefully I can be up there this weekend at Sandown and the following weekend in Newcastle.
"If I can do that, it should mean I finish the season in the top 10."
Whitty currently sits in 13th out of 47 with 436 points for the season.
There's no doubting racing is an expensive sport, with Whitty thanking all of his Leeton sponsors and supporters.
"I really couldn't do it without them," he said.
"For me this has always been a hobby.
"I'll keep racing for as long as I can, but I don't think it's going to turn into anything professional.
"I enjoy it, so that's why I keep doing it. I have great support as well."
The Toyota 86 Racing Series demands competitors adhere to a strict car setup, ensuring that driver talent, rather than team budget, is key to winning.
"I've learned so much over the years of taking part," Whitty said.
"It's amazing to be able to drive and compete at these tracks. It's a lot of hard work for everyone involved (in the team), but it's a great experience."
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