Pulsar Podium for RaceAway Rookie

RaceAway Track Time Australian Pulsar Racing Association (APRA) rookie Tim Colombrita has continued his impressive transition from go-karts to tin-top race cars, teaming up with his brother Anthony to finish as the highest-placed APRA-spec Pulsar in the Super TT endurance race on Sunday.

Tim and Anthony were awarded the trophy for third in the Under 2 Litre Treaded Tyre Class, and finished 11th outright in a field of 25 – an impressive performance against some much more powerful machinery.

RaceAway Track Time owner Phil Alexander was thrilled with the result.

“Tim is adapting superbly to Pulsar racing, and competing in the endurance event was valuable experience for him,” Alexander said.

“Anthony did well too – he had never competed in a front-wheel-drive car before, and was doing competitive times straight away. Overall, it was a fantastic result and I’m looking forward to seeing Tim continuing his progression throughout the season.

It was a successful weekend for the RaceAway stable of drivers in Round 2 of the APRA Series as well, Josh Heath taking the early championship lead with a clean-sweep of race wins. After qualifying second, Heath made a slow start in Race 1 due to starting on the damp side of the circuit, but fought his way back to the front, completing the hat-trick with wins in Races 2 and 3.

Tim Colombrita finished 12th in the first two races before improving to eighth in the final, while RaceAway Track Time assisted with trackside operations for Mark Crutcher, Dion Pangalos, Andy Lawler, Adam Leacy and newcomer Scott Thompson.

Also in the RaceAway stable, driving the pink lease N15 Pulsar, was Shane Fowler, who survived a spectacular moment at Turn 1.

RaceAway Track Time’s attention now turns to this weekend’s Hi-Tec Oils Bathurst 6 Hour, where the team will run two Toyota 86s.

APRA Series – Round 2 Preview

Sunday, 25 March marks Round 2 of the APRA Series for Pulsar race cars – the first point-scoring round of the series after the scheduled opening round was completely washed out.

The weather forecast indicates there might be some precipitation for Round 2 as well, but that won’t worry RaceAway Track Time’s main contender, Josh Heath, who was a dominant race winner in slippery conditions in the enduro round at the end of last year.

Heath will use the event as a warm-up before competing in the Bathurst 6 Hour in one of RaceAway Track Time’s two Toytoa 86s next weekend.

As has become the norm, the RaceAway crew will also oversee operations for a plethora of other Pulsars.

Following a very solid debut performance in the TA2 category at Winton, driver from Young (as opposed to Young driver) Mark Crutcher returns to the Pulsar Series, while Dion Pangalos will be behind the wheel of his #27 car, with signwriting guru Shane Fowler in car #31.

Adam Leacy is the epitome of a driver who has come through the RaceAway ranks, starting at track day events and progressing to the Cheap Car Challenge. After a solid performance in one of RaceAway Track Time’s lease Pulsars at the Sydney Motorsport Park NSW Production Touring Car round last weekend, Leacy is all set for his APRA debut.

Also under the RaceAway Track Time umbrella is former kart racer Tim Colombrita, who put in a very solid performance in his Pulsar debut in the non-championship, make-up round earlier in the month.

Colombrita is following in the footsteps of other kart racers who have progressed to the Pulsar Series as an affordable entry into circuit racing and we look forward to continuing to work with him throughout the season.

Bathurst 6 Hour Double Attack

Experienced race-car hire and motorsport services operation RaceAway Track Time has announced a double-pronged attack on this year’s Hi-Tec Oils Bathurst 6 Hour, running two Toyota 86s in Class D.

Last year, RaceAway Track Time campaigned a single entry for the father-and-son team of Graeme and Josh Heath; this year, they will also provide technical services for the Reynolds Auctions Toyota 86, to be driven by Newcastle auctioneer Gavan Reynolds, along with Chris Manning and Declan Fraser.

Josh Heath was one of the standouts in last year’s 6 Hour, leading Class D for much of the race and running as high as fifth outright at one stage.

“It was scary at first, but turned out to be one of the best experiences of my life,” Heath said.

“Dad and Phil were telling me about the blind corners and the steep sections of the track, but you don’t appreciate it until you actually race there yourself.

“For this year, I’m going to be a lot more confident now I know my way around the track, and we’ve made some tweaks to the car to make it easier to drive and more reliable.

“Having someone like Phil working with us is really valuable – he’s an excellent mechanic but his racing knowledge is just brilliant because of the amount of racing he’s done.

According to Alexander, himself an accomplished racer in numerous endurance events at Bathurst, overseeing two cars only adds to the fun.

“The two cars might be basically the same, but they’re driven by people with completely different experience levels and objectives,” Alexander said.

“Graeme and Josh have been very close family friends for a long time, and they certainly know what they’re doing when it comes to endurance racing.

“Josh has come on in leaps and bounds in the NSW APRA (Pulsar) Series. He was extremely close to winning the championship last year and was dominant in the long-distance races – he’s always been excellent at punching out consistent laps over the course of a stint.

“On the other hand, Gavan and Chris are fairly new to racing and Declan is still finding his feet in the Toyota 86 Racing Series.

“They’ve been doing some driver development sessions at some of our RaceAway track days, and both Gavan and Chris leased our Pulsars for a couple of race meetings as well, to get themselves more comfortable with wheel-to-wheel racing.

“Gavan and Chris are both very passionate about the sport, and they are dedicated to learning and improving. Declan is still very young, and for him it’s all about gaining seat time – doing a big endurance race like the Bathurst 6 Hour will teach him about strategy, and about teamwork.”

The Bathurst 6 Hour will be the sixth-consecutive weekend in which RaceAway Track Time has run cars in a racing event, having also campaigned entries in two rounds of the NSW APRA Series at Wakefield Park, the opening round of the Victorian APRA Series at Sandown, the first round of the new Mazda RX8 Cup Series at Winton and the NSW Production Touring Car Championship at Sydney Motorsport Park.

“All these back-to-back weekends of race meetings have made it extremely busy in RaceAway land, but it’s a sign that we’re catering to the needs of enthusiasts,” Alexander said.

“We’re all about making it easy for people to participate in motorsport, especially if they don’t have the logistics or mechanical expertise to run cars themselves, and it’s so satisfying to give people the opportunity to go racing, especially in big events like the 6 Hour.”

Pulsars Everywhere!

It’s no secret we own a lot of Pulsars, but on the weekend we broke new ground by running cars in two different states!

The scheduled opening round of the NSW APRA Series at Wakefield Park on the last Sunday of February was rained out… it’s the first time we can remember a race meeting being completely cancelled because of the weather, but we have to admit it was a sensible decision from the officials – the first two practice sessions (for other categories) were stopped due to incidents, and with rivers running across the track and ankle-deep standing water in some corners, the conditions were simply too dangerous to race a motor-car.

Full credit to the MRA organisers and Wakefield Park though, because they rescheduled the race meeting to the following weekend, albeit for a non-championship event.

We’re glad they did though, because it gave our drivers some valuable track time. Josh Heath continued the momentum from where he left off at the end of last season, winning all three races while our new driver Tim Colombrita scored a seventh-place finish in his first-ever Pulsar race meeting – a great effort!

Meanwhile, Andy Lawler also had a consistent weekend, chalking up a trio of 13th-place race finishes.

While that was happening at Wakefield Park, we also leased two of our Pulsars for the opening round of the Victorian APRA Series at Sandown, as Chris Manning and Gavan Reynolds looked to gain some more valuable seat time.

Both drivers put in solid efforts, Manning finishing just off the podium in fourth overall, while Reynolds was seventh.

It was a busy weekend but there’s no rest for the wicked – this weekend we’re back in action for Round 1 of the Mazda RX8 Cup Series at the Winton AMRS meeting!