RX8 Rookies and Cheap Car Challengers Shine

RaceAway Track Time’s Mazda RX8 Cup rookies and Cheap Car Challenge combatants have recorded some impressive results across two different race tracks on the weekend.

In Round 3 of the Mazda RX8 Cup, held as part of the Australian Motor Racing Series (AMRS) round at Wakefield Park, Brayden Slater was back aboard the RaceAway Mazda RX8, while leading instructor Phil Alexander was also assisting Aaron Prosser and Maisie Place with driver development and car setup assistance.

Prosser, a New Zealander who now calls Australia home, was making his very first visit to Wakefield Park. After qualifying 11th, he stormed through the field in Race 1’s wet weather conditions, running as high as fourth before a late braking move saw him ending the race in the gravel trap at Turn 2.

Not to be discouraged, Prosser staged a strong recovery in Race 2, charging through the field to sixth. In Race 3, he battled with Matt Butters and Stephen McLaine on his way to third (setting the fastest lap in the process) and in Race 4, he chased series leader Ric Shaw all the way to the chequered flag to round out a strong weekend.

“It was my first time at Wakefield Park, and it took me a little while to come to grips with the track, which is where Phil’s knowledge was very useful,” Prosser said.

“Qualifying and Race 1 didn’t quite go according to plan, but we tuned the car across the weekend, and by the last race it was a rocket.”

Slater enjoyed a consistent weekend, continuing to develop his race-craft through battling more experienced drivers. After qualifying ninth, Slater finished in the top 10 in three of the four races and set his best lap in the fourth and final race, demonstrating his steady improvement curve.

“Brayden did everything we needed this weekend,” Alexander said.

“He brought the car home in one piece in each race, and learned a lot by racing wheel-to-wheel with others.”

In her very first circuit race meeting, Place had an eye-opening introduction with the wet weather in Race 1, but steadily improved her times in the remaining three races. The second-year apprentice mechanic demonstrated raw enthusiasm over the course of the weekend, relishing the chance to learn about the sport from others.

Half an hour north of Wakefield Park, the RaceAway Pulsar participated in the Cheap Car Challenge at Marulan’s Pheasant Wood facility.

Drivers Shane Fowler, John Connolly, Phil Keegan and Steve Champion qualified 16th, but a combination of no mistakes or penalties, consistent lap times and clean racing saw them improve to fifth position at the finish – the best result for RaceAway in a Cheap Car Challenge event to date.

Fowler even recorded a “breakout” time at one stage, going faster than the minimum-permissible 1:03 lap time, demonstrating the RaceAway Pulsar was a match for every other car in the field in terms of pace.

Double Jeopardy

Being in two places at once is impossible for some… but not us!

This weekend (18-19 August) we will be competing in the Cheap Car Challenge at Marulan’s Pheasant Wood circuit, while also running an entry in Round 3 of the Mazda RX8 Cup, being held as part of the AMRS (Australian Motor Racing Series) round at Wakefield Park.

The Cheap Car Challenge has become one of the events we recommend to those who want the experience of wheel-to-wheel racing, along with the teamwork and strategic aspects of endurance events – pit stops, driver changes and working with others.

We’ll be running our purple Pulsar and our driver lineup will consist of Shane Fowler, John Connolly, Steve Champion and Phil Keegan.

Half an hour down the road, Brayden Slater will line up for his second start in the Mazda RX8 Cup, following his promising debut performance at Morgan Park. We’ll also be assisting 18-year-old Masie Place, who becomes the first female competitor in the series.

Sunday’s RX8 Cup races will be live streamed from Wakefield Park and we’ll share the stream on our Facebook page, so stay tuned!

RaceAway Drivers Run Hot and Cold

In a hectic couple of days for RaceAway Track Time, drivers were in action across both Queensland and New South Wales over the weekend.

Soaking up the sunshine at the Queensland Raceway Shannons Nationals round were James Keene and Dominc Martens, in the twin 300km endurance races for the Australian Production Car Series, while Brayden Slater was behind the wheel of his Excel for the Series X3 Queensland round.

Keene and Martens finished second overall in Class B1 for the production cars, and also managed a strong ninth outright in the Sunday race, aboard their VW Golf R.

Despite driving a car without the same level of development as the front-runners, Slater ran solidly in the mid-pack for the Excel Series, and managed to finish 16th in the weekend’s second race. We’re looking forward to having Brayden back in our Mazda RX8 for the RX8 Cup Series round at Wakefield Park in a few weeks.

Meanwhile, in freezing temperatures at Wakefield Park, it was an extremely busy weekend for the RaceAway crew, with no less than 11 drivers competing in Round 4 of the APRA Pulsar Racing Series, receiving a variety of services including driver development, car setup assistance or race car hire for the meeting.

Josh Heath continued his strong recent form, qualifying second and finishing second in Races 1 and 2, and third in Race 3.

Also performing well was Tim Colombrita, who charged into the top five in Race 3.

After recently purchasing a Pulsar to race in the series, Ian Ashcroft received some driver development and car setup feedback over the weekend, and he managed to set a 1:13.0 in the weekend’s final race – a sensational effort for his first race meeting.

Other drivers competing under the RaceAway banner were Greg Dufficy, Ian Joyce, Shane Fowler, Jack Hoysted, Marty Welsh, Scott Thompson, Chris Manning and Gavan Reynolds. Reynolds has been competing in the Toyota 86 Series, but after hiring one of our cars for a one-off Pulsar round earlier in the year, he enjoyed it so much he decided to buy his own, to race in the series more often! We’ll continue to help him with car setup for the coming rounds.