RaceAway Conquers Cheap Car Challenge

The RaceAway Track Time crew have scored their maiden Cheap Car Challenge endurance race victory at Marulan’s Pheasant Wood circuit, drivers Shane Fowler, Dion Pangalos, Stewart Floresta and debutant Jake Lougher teaming up to take outright victory in the RaceAway Nissan Pulsar.

Making the result even sweeter was a third-place finish in Class 2 (for cars lapping slower than 1:05) for team owner Phil Alexander, who received a last-minute call up to drive with Pulzate Racing, in a N15 Pulsar.

The lead car qualified in 12th position, but a combination of clean driving, consistent lap times, clever strategy and no penalties saw Fowler, Pangalos, Floresta and Lougher steadily climb up the order.

Once post-race penalties had been applied, the RaceAway quartet ended up more than a lap clear of their nearest rivals.

“It was a sensational weekend, and when you look at the Cheap Car Challenge events along with the Wakefield and Sydney 300s, RaceAway Track Time have had six podium finishes in the last five endurance races we’ve entered,” Alexander said.

“It took us a little while to get our head around the Cheap Car Challenge races, because there are very strict rules on driving time and other things that can catch you out, so you really have to use your brain with the strategy.

“All four drivers were very evenly matched, but the most impressive thing was the way they dealt with the traffic.

“They were all able to negotiate their way past slower cars without making contact, but also without getting stuck and losing time, which is ultimately what won them the race.” The next Cheap Car Challenge round at Pheasant Wood will be held on 16 June.

RaceAway Returns to Wakefield 300 Podium

RaceAway Track Time has scored another podium finish in the long-standing Wakefield 300 endurance race on the weekend, talented international open-wheel racer Harry Hayek teaming up with Bob Walsh to finish third in Class D and 10th outright, aboard the team’s Mazda MX5.

Hayek qualified in 16th position, and completed a marathon, 77-lap opening stint in which he took the outright lead of the race for nine laps.

Hayek handed the MX5 over to Walsh at the five-minute compulsory pit stop; Walsh rejoined the race in 13th outright but moved into the top 10 at the finish.

Having competed in Australian Formula 4, British Formula 3 and Kumho Super3 Series, Hayek has a wealth of experience in fast race cars and high-profile categories, but said he thoroughly enjoyed the Wakefield 300 weekend.

“A big thank you to Phil, Karen and the RaceAway team for preparing the car – it was fast and reliable all weekend, and I had a lot of fun,” Hayek said.

“I had some good battles with the other Class D cars early in the race, and the MX5 was very good over the long distance – it looked after its tyres well, and my times became faster as the fuel load burned down.”

One of the cars Hayek battled with was the Class D Mazda RX8, piloted by another RaceAway-supported driver Maisie Place, who was joined by Adam Burgess. Burgess, a former two-time winner of the event, was among the Class D front-runners for much of the opening stint, and Place was also running well before the car unfortunately retired with a niggling differential problem.