The former Thunder Car champion tallied top-5 finishes in each of his Flamboro Speedway weekly starts last season and hopes to improve further upon those stats this year.
“I’m so proud of what we put together last season as a team,” smiles Albers. “We’re not the biggest team on the roster – and we’re definitely not the most funded – but we managed to put together a real solid 2017. I think we surprised a lot of people.”
“But – I know that we can be better,” adds the short track veteran. “That’s how we approach this program. No matter how we run on Saturday, we’re back in the shop on Sunday morning. That’s how it works. It’s the only way to stay on top of your game.”
Albers drew high praise from fellow racers and Flamboro fans for his noted improvement since graduating from the speedway’s notoriously competitive Thunder Car division.
“It’s an honour to be considered one of the top guys on the Flamboro roster,” says Albers. “But I don’t want to put this team in a box and say that that’s all we can ever be.”
“I want to show the rest of the province that we can absolutely be one of the best cars in Ontario,” continues the Rockton, ON native. “But, I know that if we want to do that, we need to win a lot at home and then step outside of our comfort zone and go on the road to other speedways. So, that’s where we’re hoping to focus some of our energy in 2018.”
The fan favourite has already invested a great deal of his off-season into researching ways to improve his team’s performance, as they prepare for a run towards what they hope will be a first career Pro Late Model championship.
“When you have a group of guys that’s dedicated to excelling and maximizing their potential it definitely becomes a bit of an obsession,” explains Albers. “You’re going over your notes constantly. You’re researching and talking to guys and trying to figure out what works.”
“You’re going to bed late thinking about your program and then waking up early thinking the same thing. It’s hard to explain just how much energy it takes up – but I wouldn’t have it any other way.”
“We’re all-in on this deal,” insists Albers. “And we know that when we get this car to victor lane this year it will be because of all the hours that we put in on it. And that means a lot to us.”