NSW Racing Roadmap To Freedom 🏁

With the light at the end of the lockdown tunnel slowly appearing we’re warming up our engines and preparing to get back out on the track.

 

Earlier this week we saw the NSW Roadmap to Freedom released by the Government suggesting that by late October “stay-at-home orders for adults who have received both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine will be lifted from the Monday after NSW passes the 70% double vaccination target.”

 

For the motorsport & racing community, the latest media release also suggests that once the double vaccine target has been hit in NSW “major recreation outdoor facilities including stadiums and racecourses can reopen with 1 person per 4 sqm, capped at 5000 people.” 

 

At this stage, per the NSW Health guidelines, these said freedoms will only be made available to individuals who have been double vaccinated or who have an exception.

 

Keeping the above in mind, if all targets have been met we hope to get back racing at the end of October with the first event being held by MRA at Sydney Motorsport Park on October 23rd. Categories for the Motor Race Australia event include APRA Pulsars, MX5 Cup, Series X3 Excels and NSW PSC – Production Car Series. Entries looking to open October 4th.

 

Until then.. stay safe and brush those cobwebs off your cars!

 

For more information and other health advice, please visit nsw.gov.au.

 

 

Upcoming Arrive ‘n’ Drive Events

Check out these motorsport events below & find your match!

Get back into race lineup with one of our available arrive ‘n’ drive packages! We have multiple driver seats and cars ready for you and your friends to get back behind the wheel. Check them out below and give us a call to secure your seat.

 

🚘  Mazda MX-5 Cup Rd 3 – July 10 – Sydney Motorsport Park.

  • 2x MX-5 cup car hires from the RaceAway Fleet are available to drive at Sydney Motorsport Park in round 3 (delivery included, full tank of fuel and correct tyres included in package).

 

🚘  APRA (Pulsars) Rd 5 – July 10 – Sydney Motorsport Park.

  • Interested in Pulsar racing? We have multiple APRA (Australian Pulsar Racing Association) spec car hires available to drive at Sydney Motorsport Park in round 5 of the series (delivery included, full tank of fuel and correct tyres included).

 

🚘 UNLIMITED LAPS & UNLIMITED FUN – SUNDAY JULY 18 – Pheasant Wood Circuit.

  • Super Track Day – Open pit lane format, unlimited laps, morning track walk, observed licence tests available, driver coaching and race car hire available – MX5s, RX8s, SP25, Pulsars N14 + 15, T86, BMW M3 + more. Entry $205, $125 second driver in the same car (track lic $35). Minimum age is 14. All road and race cars are welcome. Book in Now – Limited Spots Available.

 

🚘  7 Hour Enduro Event – July 24-25 – Pheasant Wood Circuit.

  • Want an endurance event under your belt? This one’s for you! Arrive ‘n’ Drive packages are now available for the Pheasant Wood Circuit 4 cylinder 7 hour endurance event. 2 fully prepped cars available to hire (race consumables, track services and driver coaching included). 2-day event, Saturday (practice/qualifying), Sunday (7hr race).

 

🚘  NSW Production Touring Cars Enduro Rd 3 – July 31-Aug 1 – Sydney Motorsport Park.

  • Jump onboard with the New South Wales Production Touring Car Series. We have cars, teams and packages available for you to arrive and drive at Sydney Motorsport Park in this endurance event.

 

🚘  Mazda RX-8 Cup Rd 4 – August 6-8 – Phillip Island (VIC).

  • 2x RX-8 cup car hires available to drive in round 4 at Phillip Island, VIC (delivery included, full tank of fuel and correct tyres included). This is a wonderful opportunity to drive at the 4.45km Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit.

 

🚘  Deputy 4 Hour Enduro – August 14-15 – Pheasant Wood Circuit.

  • Secure your seat in the RaceAway Track Time / Shane’s Signs car for round 5 of the Deputy 4hr. This package is set up as a 2-day event including race car hire, driver coaching, track familiarisation, pit crew, pit stop strategy, team work, consumables and a whole weekends worth of fantastic racing.

 

🚘  MotorEvents Thunderdome 14 Hour – August 21-22 – Calder Park (VIC).

  • Thunderdome promoted by Motor Events. This Unicorn combination is as rare as a banked speedway with an iconic circuit layout that you can now race. Arrive ‘n’ drive package, enduro car rental included, seats available in a team car and event licences are okay. This track may be a block of flats soon so you don’t miss this rare opportunity.

 

Interested? Contact the RaceAway Team on 0472 535 354 for more information on costs, cars available, inclusions and bookings.

 

RaceAway Track Time & Road to Bathurst Success! 

April 2nd to 4th, 2021-  a weekend to remember!! 🏁 🏆
A fantastic result for our two young drivers, Brianna Wilson and Ryan Gilroy who put in the hard yards, bringing home the class win and a beautiful trophy in the he long and testing Bathurst 6 hour enduro. After having a few mechanical hiccups during practice and qualifying, the PIRTEK & RaceAway Track Time car 35 placed 28th from a 55th place start, bringing home the class E win by 4 laps, totally 113 laps on the circuit.
Congratulations to our drivers and crew who put in an enormous effort to manage and prepare the car, making sure it finished the race. Thank you to all our sponsors (mentioned below) who helped get us on the track and lastly thank you to Madaz Motorsport, without your kindness and assistance we wouldn’t have come home with a result or a finish. Congratulations also to Team Group Suzuki Racing Team for coming in 2nd & 3rd. Bring on 2022!
Proud Sponsors: Pirtek Hunter Valley, Shane’s Signs, Bower’s Heavy Haulage, MWM Racing, Raceaway Track Time & Road to Bathurst.

Goodbye 2020! The RaceAway Track Time Season Review

As 2020 nears the end, we look back on the positive memories that this year has given us. Throughout the difficult challenges of bush fires, floods, protests and pandemics, we saw the motorsport community come together and persevere. We are extremely grateful to all our drivers, supporters and partners for another amazing year filled with great success on and off the track.

Here are some of the highlights from the past few months of 2020:

RX8 Cup: The RX8 Cup Series saw newcomer Jamie Canellis in 2020. Showing great promise, Jamie had a fantastic time experiencing the fast paced series, consistently pushing forward with every race that he entered. On the final round of the series at Wakefield Park, number 5 secured 5th place with just two laps to go when an optimistic back marker made an unsuccessful pass forcing our car off the track. Recovering from the incident Jamie finished an incredible 10th outright with a big smile across his face. We’re looking forward to seeing Jamie’s strong talent in 2021.

PWC Summer Series: The Summer Race Series hosted by Pheasant Wood and RaceAway Track Time saw a fantastic turn out for the very first round of the brand new event. All competitors and drivers had an excellent time, seeing great results amongst all the fun had on the day. We can’t wait to see what round 2 has in store on the 17th of January.

PWC Cheap Car Challenge: A first for RaceAway Track Time as we ran our very own All Womens Team at Pheasant Wood Circuit for the 4 hour Cheap Car Challenge. The #WIM Team did not mess around, taking no prisoners on the track. Drivers Maisie Place, Nikki Baker and Cassandra Puckle gave it their all, out driving the guys and even taking home the 3rd place trophy in their class. With a big push to increase female participation in motorsport, this was a massive weekend filled with exceptional driving from our ladies.

APRA Series: The APRA Enduro events resulted in even more success ending 2020. Our Arrive’n’Drive packages saw 4 new rookies Andrew Fisher, Ben Dunn, Yanis Derums and Chris Oxley enter into the APRA Series showing remarkable talent across the board. Other drivers including Brianna Wilson, Jamie Canellis and Josh Haynes also showed their impressive driving skills. In the final round, Josh took home 1st place in the prelim half hour enduro as well as the big 1 hour final, winning by a health margin. Brianna took home driver of the day, with an amazing come from behind effort. Rookies Andrew and Ben got 8th outright in the final 1 hour enduro and Driver Jamie Canellis took home second outright in the B group. An outstanding result for all our drivers!

Bathurst 1000 – Toyota Gazoo Racing 86 Series: Having never even sat in a billy cart prior to January 2019, our Road to Bathurst driver Jake Lougher’s dreams came true as he had the opportunity of a lifetime to race at Mount Panorama in the Toyota 86 Series. Unfortunately some electrical gremlins won on race day and number 66 wasn’t able to finish. At the end of the day it was a very awesome experience for Jake, building upon his character and mentality. Eyes forward and now set on conquering the mountain next year.

MX5 Cup: Driver John Connolly had a fantastic year competing in the Mazda MX5 Cup. We saw a great deal of excellent, clean driving from John, followed by lots of exciting duels with his fellow competitors along the way. An exciting year for #69. We also look forward to seeing John back on the track in 2021.

NSW Production Tour – The Prod Tour Enduro back in September saw some great results from our drivers Jack Winter, Brianna Wilson and Jamie Canellis. With 1 on 1 coaching with our very own Phil Alexander, each driver took home the win in their designated classes. What an achievement!

PWC 4 Hour: On the same weekend as the Prod Tour, drivers Shane Fowler, Dion Pangalos and Ryan Gilroy took home a 6th outright position at the Pheasant Wood Circuit 4 Hour Enduro event. Fantastic result for the 3 drivers, with much potential for the finishing events of the year.

PWC Super Track Days: During the final months of 2020, our last 3 Super Track Days of the year were absolutely incredible. With the help of our many coaches and team members we welcomed a wide variety of drivers and cars to Pheasant Wood Circuit. Each of our drivers were extremely keen to get on the track as soon as they arrived and throughout each day we saw multiple drivers improving their PBs, some by as much as 2 seconds with our coaching system. An incredible outcome for both RaceAway and our clients.

RaceAway’s New Year Plans:

As another busy race season concludes, the RaceAway Track Time Team looks forward to seeing a wide array of drivers behind the wheel, either first-timers or veterans returning to track in 2021.

In January, we eagerly await the first event of the year on the 17th – Round 2 of the Pheasant Wood and RaceAway Track Time Summer Series, followed by our first Super Track Day on the 23rd at Pheasant Wood Circuit. Later in January we see the MRA Round 1 kick off with the NSW Production Car Series, APRA Series and MX5 Cup taking place at Wakefield Park.

We are excited for the upcoming race season, with sights also set on the PWC Deputy 4hr, Series X3, RX8 Cup, T86 Series, AUS 1000, Bathurst 6hr and the Mt Panorama 500.

As usual, our goal and mission is to help drivers achieve their motorsport goals, whether that be obtaining a racing licence, sharpening their on-track skills or simply having fun. With that said, we have multiple track and race cars available to hire for a range of different race events throughout the year.

See you trackside in 2021!

 

 

 

COVID-19 Update

Due to the escalation of the COVID-19 virus, we are issuing the following update in respect to our business operations.

Our Track Days are currently running as scheduled by NSW circuits including Wakefield Park, Pheasant Wood Circuit and Sydney Motorsport Park, they continue to operate within the Government guidelines.

To minimise the possibility of spreading infection, we are asking our participants to observe the following measures at all our Track Days: 

  • Pre-register online, complete disclaimers and forward via email. As well as minimising contact, this will also save time at the sign on.
  • Respect social distancing requirements; stay a minimum of 1.5 metres away from other people at all times.
  • Driver briefings and announcements will be made over the PA system.
  • No handshakes.
  • No sharing of racing apparel, including helmets, gloves etc.
  • Stay in your allocated garage or carport unless using the amenities.
  • Refrain from close gatherings and respect other people’s personal space.
  • If you are sick or feeling unwell or have been in contact with someone who is sick, we ask that you do not attend any track days until you are fully recovered or cleared by medical professionals.

Major motorsport events continue to be cancelled or postponed.  With smaller motorsport events, with less than 500 people outdoors or 100 people indoors, coming under consideration, as they are faced with the ongoing crisis.  Please consult the circuit/event organiser websites and social media channels for latest updates regarding these. 

RaceAway Track Time continues to be of service to our clients providing Track Day services such as Race Car Hire, Driver Coaching and Track Services and will be conducted under the government guidelines.   


Our services are provided outdoors and in open areas, at the respective available tracks with small numbers and we continue to comply with safe hygiene practices including provision of hand sanitiser for staff and clients as well as sanitising spray for surfaces as required.

As we continue to monitor the situation and observe NSW Health and Government guidelines, we will be posting any updates as they come to hand through social media.

Thank you for your understanding, and we look forward to seeing you trackside!

Cheers,
Phil and Karen Alexander
RaceAway Track Time

Road to Bathurst: Ryan Gilroy and Travis Worton

The 2020 Road to Bathurst program is underway, with this year’s participants completing some valuable laps in the first two rounds of the Pheasant Wood Cheap Car Challenge.

After Round 2 of the Cheap Car Challenge on the weekend, we caught up with Ryan Gilroy and Travis Worton, who have chosen the Road to Bathurst pathway to make their progression from karts to car racing.

Ryan Gilroy

18-year-old Ryan Gilroy, who hails from the NSW regional town of Singleton, is a highly-motivated young driver who also runs his own car detailing business. Gilroy comes from a successful karting background.

So you’ve completed a couple of Cheap Car Challenge rounds, how did you find them?

It was really good to get behind the wheel of a race car, and learn the spatial awareness that you don’t get in go-karts.

I got to grips with the cars quickly – I ended up driving both the Nissan Pulsar and the NX Coupe in the first round, so I did a lot of laps!

The Pulsar was running in the outright class and had a lot more grip; the NX had slower tyres on it to make sure we didn’t break out of the Group 2 lap time, so I had to adapt to the lower grip levels; it was a really good learning experience.

How much kart racing have you done?

I didn’t start karting until I was 15, so I was a pretty late starter. I moved into a higher-profile team and was getting some strong results, but I decided I wanted to pursue the car racing dream so here I am with Phil (Alexander) and the RaceAway Track Time crew.

What made you decide to become involved in the Road to Bathurst program?

I contacted Phil, because he had a car for lease, and he told me about the program. I did a test day at Wakefield, loved it and decided to commit to the full program, because it will give me everything I need to prepare for driving at Bathurst.

I’m really looking forward to driving at Bathurst – looking forward, I’m really hoping to do some more racing in production-type cars, and further down the line I’d love to race a Sports Sedan or Supercar.

Travis Worton

Also 18 years old, Travis Worton is currently studying commerce and IT at university. Like Gilroy, Worton has had vast experience competing in karts, and is using the Road to Bathurst program as a stepping-stone to tin tops.

What sort of experience have you had in karting?

I’ve raced in a few different categories, including K4 Juniors, where I came fourth in the championship in 2016. After that I stepped up to K2, J-Max and KZ.

I had the chance to race at some big events, against some quite high-profile drivers including (Super2 competitor) Broc Feeney and (Porsche Carrera Cup round winner) Cooper Murray.

How have you found the Cheap Car Challenge events? What’s the biggest thing you’ve learned from them?

I’ve really enjoyed the Cheap Car Challenge events so far. In the first round, I was in the Nissan NX Coupe and we managed to win our class and finish seventh outright, and then in Round 2 I drove the Pulsar and we came fifth overall.

I’ve got faster throughout both weekends, but the biggest thing I’ve learned is the spatial awareness of being in an enclosed car, and judging distances between other cars when I’m racing in traffic.

What are you most enjoying about the Road to Bathurst program so far?

I knew Phil Alexander from karting, and his guidance has been really good – he’s teaching me a lot about car positioning on the track, and car control.

I can’t wait to drive at Bathurst later in the year, and I’m hoping the Road to Bathurst program will give me the driver development and exposure I need to move into a high-level national category like Supercars or TCR.

RaceAway Track Time 2019 Season Review

2019 was another very busy year for the RaceAway Track Time team, but our drivers achieved vast success in a wide variety of state and national-level events. Here are some of our highlights from the season.

Rookie Racer Impresses in RX8 Cup

An addition to our squad in 2019 was Central Coast driver Jake Lougher, who competed in a few categories but was particularly impressive in the Mazda RX8 Cup.

Despite having no previous racing experience, Jake adapted to the track like a duck to water; he ran inside the top 10 from the very start of the year, and by Round 3 at Tailem Bend he was challenging for the podium. Jake finished the season in style with second place overall in the final round at Wakefield Park, securing the Rookie of the Year Award.

Jake was also an integral member of our Cheap Car Challenge team and won the Pheasant Wood Time Trial Series.

Senior Racers Setting a Fine Example

They might have been a couple of the older drivers in the Australian Pulsar Racing Association (APRA) field, but Shane Fowler and our own Phil Alexander took the fight right up to the younger brigade at the Wakefield Park Pulsar enduro, winning the Masters Cup class and finishing in the top five outright, against a field of more than 40 cars.

Shane – who is best-known for his superb automotive signwriting skills – also participated in every round of the Cheap Car Challenge at Pheasant Wood.

Phil also competed in the NSW Production Touring Car Championship, running a Nissan Pulsar and winning the Class E title with numerous race victories, including the one-hour endurance race at Wakefield Park where he teamed up with Rytis Gruodis.

Endurance Experts

We love the strategic and teamwork aspects of endurance races, and RaceAway Track Time cars were well-represented in this year’s longer-distance events.

Our campaign started at the Sydney 300 in March, where Phil teamed up with John Connolly to score a Division E podium in our Mazda MX5. The MX5 returned to the track for May’s Wakefield 300, where Harry Hayek teamed up with Bob Walsh to finish third in Division D and 10th outright.

We also ran a full season campaign in the Pheasant Wood Cheap Car Challenge, in which an assortment of drivers had a turn behind the wheel of our Pulsar. We scored an outright victory in Round 4 with Shane Fowler, Stewart Floresta, Dion Pangalos and Jake Lougher, and ended up second in the series standings.

Road to Bathurst

Our new “Road to Bathurst” program kicked into gear at Challenge Bathurst at the end of the year. Gene Phillips scored a class win in the event while our Bathurst 6 Hour drivers, Brianna Wilson and Jake Lougher, were also in attendance and recorded some impressive lap times.

2020 Plans

Our 2020 season is shaping up to be another busy one; in addition to the APRA Series in NSW, we will also be running entries in the Australian 1000 (encompassing the Wakefield, Sydney and Winton 300 endurance races) along with the Bathurst 6 Hour and Cheap Car Challenge.

We also have cars available to lease for the Mazda RX8 Cup Series, and as usual we will be helping drivers achieve their motorsport goals, whether its obtaining a racing licence, sharpening up on-track skills or simply having fun.

See you trackside!

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.

RaceAway Introduces More Rookie Racers to APRA

Over the last couple of years, we’ve been proud of our record for introducing racing newcomers to the APRA Series, and we’re pleased to be looking after some more newbies this weekend in the 2019 season opener at Wakefield Park.

Phil Keegan is a familiar name in RaceAway world – he’s done a lot of our track days and also participated in the Cheap Car Challenge events at Marulan’s Pheasant Wood circuit, but has decided the time is right to progress to full-blown Pulsar racing – he’ll steer our #53 N15 this weekend.

Another debutant is Jamie Canellis, also driving an N15 (a brand-new one!).

In N14 Pulsars will be Russell West and Damon Schofield, and these four rookies will compete as part of a massive 35 car field around the technical Wakefield circuit.

We’re also pleased to welcome Benny Powell into our Hyundai Excel for the Series X3 NSW races – this weekend features a non-championship “warm-up” round for the category. The Excel made its debut in the series at the enduro last year, and since then it has undergone some further setup development so we’re sure Ben will have a blast.

As always, thanks to Terry Denovan and his team for putting together a well-organised MRA race meeting – see you all trackside at Wakefield Park!