THE red S3 stickers of the Super3 Series leader on his windscreen and window - it is what Michael Anderson wanted at Townsville and the Bathurst driver delivered.
After managing the team for the past two seasons, this year Anderson is back behind the wheel of his Ford Falcon and he is on track to better his sixth placing from the 2018 series when he last competed.
Unlike three years ago, Anderson now races as part of a combined Super2-Super3 grid and acts as one of the main support categories to the Supercars series.
As such he tackled a pair of 250 kilometre races at Townsville as the series finally resumed after the season opener at Bathurst in February.
Anderson was first in class in the opening race and second to teenaged talent Nash Morris is the other. It gave him a 39-point lead in the series and means he gets the coveted red S3 stickers.
Anderson's good weekend began by claiming pole position for his class, needing just three laps to lay down a one minute, 15.9894 seconds flyer.
"I only done two laps in qualifying, as soon as I seen the lap come up on the dash I've gone 'That's pretty good' and I know the deg around here is pretty good for tyres so I didn't want to do two or three laps I didn't need to," he said.
It saw him start race one in 15th outright on the grid and while Morris passed him on the opening lap, he wasted little time in getting back the lead.
The Bathurst talent clocked a series lap record for the Townsville circuit on his way to taking the win and - for the first time in his driving career - the lead in the category.
"I got a blinding start and overtook half the field in Super2. I was a bit worried getting to turn one thinking 'I hope the bottle neck doesn't cause too much damage' but I got through there and the car was quick," he said.
"I was towards the end to mid of the Super2 field and the car was great all race right up until the safety car with two laps to go and I thought 'Oh we don't need this right now'.
"The car was good, I was sort of just managing my gap back to Morris."
In the second race Anderson again began well, commentator Chad Neylon exclaiming "Hell of a start from Anderson, he was flying off the line."
He made up three spots off the line and passed pole sitter Morris, but the young gun returned serve before the race was yellow flagged on lap two.
They were back racing on lap six before another yellow flag on lap eight.
That meant the race was reduced by four laps and it was Morris, steering the Ford Falcon in which Broc Feeney won the 2019 championship, who held on to take the honours.
Anderson, Morris and the rest of the Super3 field will resume their battle this coming weekend at the same circuit in the Townsville SuperSprint.
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