He may have one hand on the trophy, but Victorian Rally Champion elect, Arron Windus, isn't getting too far ahead of himself.
After dominating the last round, Windus just needs to finish the first heat of this weekend's Akademos Rally in the top 10 to secure his first state title.
He and co-driver, Daniel Brick, will again pilot their Western Victorian Crane Trucks Subaru Impreza WRX, but winning every stage of the rally is not on their radar this Sunday.
"We've got a strong lead in the championship, but we need to finish the first heat to get the job done," Windus said.
"We'll be aiming to cruise through the first four stages of the rally to win the championship, and then we can hopefully pin the ears back and have some fun later in the day."
Windus' Subaru will be in the same specification as it ran the recent Valley Stages, and the weather this weekend is again expected to be damp.
"All but one of the rallies this year has been wet, and that was up north at Batemans Bay," Windus added.
"The car works really well on the Hoosier tyres in the wet and I'm really looking forward to finishing the season on a strong note."
The 23-year old expects his biggest challenge to come from his father, Darren, who will also be driving a Subaru WRX.
Darren and co-driver Joe Brick have been dogged by bad luck and mechanical problems this year, but are confident that their luck is about to change.
"Dad will be really fast this weekend, and will probably be our toughest competitor," Arron said.
"After the year from hell, he's super keen for this weekend and I reckon he'll be the one to catch."
The Windus' family's other competition is likely to come from NSW hot-shot Richie Dalton in a Ford Fiesta Proto, last year's Akademos Rally winner, Matt Lee in a Subaru, and fellow VRC regulars Warren Lee and Ivan Regester.
The eight stage Akademos Rally is based out of Alexandra in Victoria's north east, with pre-event reconnaissance on Saturday, and the rally on Sunday.
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