The 2017 season was a highly successful one for the RaceAway Track Time crew as we continued to expand our business operations.
Our race car hire services proved extremely popular, and we ended the year by not only hiring out cars for track days, but for race meetings as well. The feedback from our customers has been that they love being able to turn up at the track and go racing, without the logistical challenges of having to prepare a race car and transport it to the circuit themselves.
We also conducted a number of CAMS and AASA licence assessments throughout the year. One of our primary aims has been to introduce more people to motor-racing, and it’s always very satisfying to bring new faces into the sport.
On the track, it was a very good year. Once again, our main focus was the Australian Pulsar Racing Association Series and RaceAway Track Time-supported driver Josh Heath did us very proud, winning three of the six rounds and finishing second in the championship, just 15 points off the winner.
Gene Alexander enjoyed a consistent season on his way to sixth in the title race, while others who we supported throughout the season included Mark Crutcher, Jack Winter, Shane Fowler, Martin Welsh, Richard Bailey, Denis Barbaro and Gavan Reynolds.
Some of these drivers we assisted with technical and car-setup advice, some we provided with driver development services to help them improve their on-track performance, and others leased cars from us to participate in events.
However, our racing activities were not restricted to the Pulsar Series. We also participated in a couple of Cheap Car Challenge events at the Marulan Dirt and Tar Circuits, which proved so popular we had to expand to a two-car team for the November event. These events were perfect at giving racing newcomers the chance to practice skills including traffic management, pit stops and driver changes, in an affordable environment.
Participants in the Cheap Car Challenge in 2017 included John Connolly, Tom Connolly, “TJ”, Phil Keegan, Gavan Reynolds, Chris Manning, Graeme Manning and Adam Leacy.
Some of our clients enjoyed the racing experience so much, they wanted to step up to higher-profile events. We were fortunate enough to assist Gavan Reynolds and Brendan Farrugia in their progression to the Toyota 86 Racing Series, supporting the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship.
At the other end of the scale, there were those drivers who were perfectly satisfied to participate in track days and focus on improving their skills and lap-times without the cut and thrust of wheel-to-wheel combat. We formed an alliance with Track Day Club, who ran a number of very successful track days at Wakefield Park and Marulan, and we provided their customers with race car hire, driver development and licence assessment services.
With the 2017 racing season now complete, we are in full preparation for another big year in 2018.
In terms of racing, our focus will again be on the Pulsar Series but we will also be involved in the brand-new Mazda RX8 Cup Series, which is running as part of the Australian Motor Racing Series (AMRS).
We will again be assisting with team management and driver development at Toyota 86 Series events along with the Bathurst 6 Hour, while we will again be hiring out our fleet of race cars which include our Nissan Pulsars ,Toyota 86, Mazda RX8, Mazda MX5 and our most recent addition, our BMW M3.
Many of our clients are progressing up the motorsport ladder, but we’ll continue to promote the sport to new customers and look forward to introducing more people to the thrills of motor-racing.
Have a safe and happy Christmas and New Year, and we’ll see you all in 2018!
Phil and Karen Alexander
RaceAway Track Time