The 4-Cylinder Summer Series is BACK! โ›ฑ๐Ÿš™โ˜€๏ธ

 

Presented by Pheasant Wood Circuit & RaceAway Track Time, the Summer Series includes 3 Rounds x 1 Day Races for any 4 cylinder, non turbo production based race car. No log book required, but all mandatory safety requirements in place.ย  Minimum PWC event licence is required. A great series to be involved in this summer โ˜€๏ธ โ›ฑ ๐Ÿš™

 

Race Day Format:

  • 20 min practice / qually
  • Race 1) 15 laps
  • Race 2) 20 laps
  • Race 3) 45 min reverse grid (qually pos)

 

Round Entry: $225

 

Summer Series Dates :

  • Round 1) Sunday 09 Jan, 2022
  • Round 2) Sunday 23 Jan, 2022
  • Round 3) Sunday 06 Feb, 2022

 

Please submit your entry toย fun@pheasantwood.com.au

 

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Racing to the End of the Year ๐Ÿš—๐Ÿ’จ

Massive 2 weeks of motor racing done and dusted with the RaceAway Track Time team.

 

On Friday the 5th we saw a wild & windy weather day at Pheasant Wood for our Super Track Day. With over 20 drivers on the circuit, the track managed to clear up allowing the drivers to get some exciting lapsย in. The day introduced 15 new drivers to the track, including some new Mazda RX8 owners. Overall a fantastic day as the general consensus stated theyโ€™ll be back for the next one.

 

The following Sat andย Sunย (6-7) was spent at Sydney Motorsport Park for the 2nd round of the V8 Supercars Championship. As the support category, the Production Cars set an all-time record with 53 entries. On the day we had Scott Thompson (current APRA competitor) driving in our Mazda RX8 Cup Car checking out what the rotary scene is all about. The same weekend we had our Road to Bathurst driver Scott Freestone taking home the class winย in the Mazda SP25. Snatching the big trophy in style, nothing could stop his grin from ear-to-ear (or in his case beard-to-beard).

 

A quick 2-day turn around saw us head up the road to Mount Panorama for Bathurst Challenge, sprint section. The boss man, Phil Alexander, drove in another one of our RX8 Cup Cars coaching RTB driver Scott Freestone yet again in the Mazda SP25. Under Philโ€™s guidance, Scott was shown all about the intricacies andย confrontations of the Bathurst circuit. By the end of the week, Scottโ€™s development andย successful driving culminated in him receiving a seat in the 2022 Bathurst 6 hour enduro.

 

That weekend, driverย coach Phil Alexander raced down to Wintonย Raceway for the APRA Pulsars Round spending some 1-1 timeย with the drivers. Massive Congratulations to first time race winner Mark Crutcher taking all 4 wins. RaceAwayย not only a proudย APRA sponsor but started Mark on his motorsport journey. What an exciting development!

 

With the massive 2 weeks completed, the RA team will have a bit of a breather, then travel back to Pheasant Wood Circuit forย a packed outย November 19th Super Track Day.

 

As we race to the end of the year, be sure to keep an eye out for upcoming race events and arrive ‘n’ drive packages in the RX8ย Cup Series, APRA Pulsar Series and the DEPUTY 4hr Enduro.

 

WOMENโ€™S WEDNESDAY SERIES FT. NIKKI BAKER

Our ๐‘พ๐’๐’Ž๐’†๐’’๐’” ๐‘พ๐’†๐’…๐’๐’†๐’”๐’…๐’‚๐’š ๐‘บ๐’†๐’“๐’Š๐’†๐’” is back today in effort to show our continued support towards our amazing Women in Motorsport, learning a little more about their story so far within the industry ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€โš•๏ธ๐Ÿš˜ ๐Ÿ† ๐Ÿ
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Today we had the opportunity to chat with Nikki Baker – proud ambassador for Speed Queens Australia and 2021 Rally Driver.
Earlier this year we also had the chance of meeting Nikki as she represented our very first ALL Womenโ€™s Motorsport team in the Pheasant Wood Circuit Deputy 4hr Event. With a 3rd place finish, we are excited to see her career progress. Take a look journey so far:
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๐‘บ๐’, ๐’•๐’†๐’๐’ ๐’–๐’” ๐’‚ ๐’๐’Š๐’•๐’•๐’๐’† ๐’‚๐’ƒ๐’๐’–๐’• ๐’š๐’๐’–๐’“๐’”๐’†๐’๐’‡ ๐’‚๐’๐’… ๐’˜๐’‰๐’‚๐’• ๐’Ž๐’‚๐’…๐’† ๐’š๐’๐’– ๐’ˆ๐’†๐’• ๐’”๐’•๐’‚๐’“๐’•๐’†๐’… ๐’Š๐’ ๐’Ž๐’๐’•๐’๐’“๐’”๐’‘๐’๐’“๐’•?
I think Iโ€™ve always loved cars and started going to car shows from a fairly young age. Things escalated from there to now, wanting to drive the cars that I owned (testing their full potential – where I could keep my license). I started going to the drag strip and doing Track Days at Wakefield Park in my Evo X before buying a Subaru B4 and completing the Womenโ€™s motorsport development program around three years ago.
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๐‘ฏ๐’๐’˜ ๐’๐’๐’… ๐’˜๐’†๐’“๐’† ๐’š๐’๐’– ๐’˜๐’‰๐’†๐’ ๐’š๐’๐’– ๐’‡๐’Š๐’“๐’”๐’• ๐’…๐’“๐’๐’—๐’† ๐’๐’ ๐’‚ ๐’“๐’‚๐’„๐’†๐’•๐’“๐’‚๐’„๐’Œ?
I was a bit of a late starter, but I was around 24 when I first drove on a track. I honestly just saw an ad for Wakefield on my news feed and thought that it looked like so much fun, why not give it a go.
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๐‘บ๐’Š๐’๐’„๐’† ๐’•๐’‰๐’†๐’, ๐’š๐’๐’–โ€™๐’—๐’† ๐’…๐’๐’๐’† ๐’’๐’–๐’Š๐’•๐’† ๐’‚ ๐’ƒ๐’Š๐’• ๐’๐’‡ ๐’“๐’‚๐’„๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ, ๐’…๐’ ๐’š๐’๐’– ๐’‰๐’‚๐’—๐’† ๐’‚ ๐’‡๐’‚๐’—๐’๐’–๐’“๐’Š๐’•๐’† ๐’•๐’“๐’‚๐’„๐’Œ ๐’•๐’ ๐’…๐’“๐’Š๐’—๐’† ๐’๐’?
Lately, I have been loving Awaba and Marulan!
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๐‘ญ๐’๐’“ ๐’•๐’‰๐’๐’”๐’† ๐’๐’†๐’˜ ๐’•๐’ ๐‘ด๐’๐’•๐’๐’“๐’”๐’‘๐’๐’“๐’•, ๐’˜๐’‰๐’†๐’ ๐’…๐’Š๐’… ๐’š๐’๐’– ๐’…๐’†๐’„๐’Š๐’…๐’† ๐’•๐’ ๐’ƒ๐’–๐’š ๐’š๐’๐’–๐’“ ๐’‡๐’Š๐’“๐’”๐’• ๐’‰๐’†๐’๐’Ž๐’†๐’• ๐’๐’“ ๐’†๐’—๐’†๐’ ๐’“๐’‚๐’„๐’† ๐’”๐’–๐’Š๐’•?
In 2019 I decided it was time to buy my first race suit, which was not too long after I had initially started.
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๐‘พ๐’‰๐’‚๐’• ๐’…๐’ ๐’š๐’๐’– ๐’…๐’ ๐’˜๐’‰๐’†๐’ ๐’š๐’๐’–โ€™๐’“๐’† ๐’๐’๐’• ๐’ƒ๐’†๐’‰๐’Š๐’๐’… ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐’˜๐’‰๐’†๐’†๐’ ๐’“๐’‚๐’„๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ?
I am an exercise physiologist by trade, so I help people with musculoskeletal and psychological injuries return to activities of daily living and/or work.
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๐‘พ๐’‰๐’‚๐’• ๐’‰๐’‚๐’—๐’† ๐’š๐’๐’– ๐’ƒ๐’†๐’†๐’ ๐’…๐’๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ ๐’”๐’Š๐’๐’„๐’† ๐’š๐’๐’–๐’“ ๐’๐’‚๐’”๐’• ๐’†๐’—๐’†๐’๐’• ๐’˜๐’Š๐’•๐’‰ ๐‘น๐’‚๐’„๐’†๐‘จ๐’˜๐’‚๐’š?
I actually started rally driving in the Northern Hyundai Rally Challenge. I picked up a great starting car (excel) which is cheaper to run and easier to work on. I am enjoying learning about car maintenance and absolutely love the environment, everyone is extremely lovely and helpful.
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๐‘พ๐’‰๐’‚๐’• ๐’‰๐’‚๐’—๐’† ๐’š๐’๐’– ๐’ƒ๐’†๐’†๐’ ๐’…๐’๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ ๐’•๐’ ๐’Œ๐’†๐’†๐’‘ ๐’ƒ๐’–๐’”๐’š ๐’…๐’–๐’“๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ ๐’•๐’‰๐’Š๐’” ๐’„๐’–๐’“๐’“๐’†๐’๐’• ๐’๐’๐’„๐’Œ๐’…๐’๐’˜๐’? ๐‘ฏ๐’‚๐’—๐’† ๐’š๐’๐’– ๐’”๐’•๐’‚๐’“๐’•๐’†๐’… ๐’‚๐’๐’š ๐’๐’†๐’˜ ๐’‘๐’“๐’๐’‹๐’†๐’„๐’•๐’”?
Oh, what projects haven’t I started? All jokes aside keeping busy has been my friend, car maintenance, getting ready for next season, exercise, gardening, cooking and more car maintenance (I finally have time for all the tasks I had been avoiding). I also got a new daily (Polo GIT) which has been getting some attention, but working mainly on my fitness and getting into better shape for next season.
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๐‘จ๐’๐’… ๐’๐’‚๐’”๐’•๐’๐’š ๐’˜๐’‰๐’‚๐’• ๐’‚๐’“๐’† ๐’š๐’๐’– ๐’๐’๐’๐’Œ๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ ๐’‡๐’๐’“๐’˜๐’‚๐’“๐’… ๐’•๐’ ๐’Ž๐’๐’”๐’• ๐’๐’๐’„๐’† ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐’๐’๐’„๐’Œ๐’…๐’๐’˜๐’ ๐’Š๐’” ๐’๐’—๐’†๐’“?
Definitely getting back to racing, it has been hard to get a taste for competing then to have all the events be cancelled. Iโ€™m also really missing the travelling that occurs with racing and just going for a long drive. First thing on the list will be a road trip!
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How cool!! Another amazing story, thank you Nikki ๐Ÿ™Œ
Be sure to follow along in the coming weeks to hear more from other inspiring ladies in the sport! #womeninmotorsport #inspirationalwomen
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Women’s Wednesday Series ft. Maisie Place ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ”ง

Welcoming a brand-new Women’s Wednesday Series supporting our amazing Women in Motorsport, learning a little bit more about their journey so far ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ”ง ๐Ÿš˜ ๐Ÿ† ๐Ÿ
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To kick off this series we got Maisie Place, a well-known RX8 CUP Competitor and Race Chix Ambassador, to answer some of our questions.
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  • ๐–๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ฌ๐ญ๐š๐ซ๐ญ๐ž๐ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐ฉ๐š๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐ฆ๐จ๐ญ๐จ๐ซ๐ฌ๐ฉ๐จ๐ซ๐ญ? ๐‡๐จ๐ฐ ๐จ๐ฅ๐ ๐ฐ๐ž๐ซ๐ž ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐ฐ๐ก๐ž๐ง ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐Ÿ๐ข๐ซ๐ฌ๐ญ ๐๐ซ๐จ๐ฏ๐ž ๐จ๐ง ๐š ๐ซ๐š๐œ๐ž๐ญ๐ซ๐š๐œ๐ค?
From an early age, my dad would always take the family to watch races. I think the first time I went to the racetrack I would have been about 5 for the Muscle Car Masters which were held on Fatherโ€™s Day – it was always dadโ€™s Fatherโ€™s Day present to go watch some racing.
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Growing up we always had paddock bashers, so I learnt to drive manual when I was just 6 years old. Throughout my childhood being at racetracks regularly I always dreamt of becoming a racecar driver, but money always held us back, so I never competed in karting or anything.
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When I was about 8 or 9, we got an RX7 and by the time I was 14 dad decided it was going to be a fun motorkhana car, thatโ€™s when we started entering events. Eventually when I was 16, we put a cage in the car and took it up to Jon Waterhouse to get some work done that we couldnโ€™t do ourselves at home.
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From then we competed in Track Days at Wakefield Park in the RX7 and after falling in love with Jonโ€™s workshop I moved out of home and became his apprentice at the age of 17. Through Jonโ€™s connections I ended up hearing about RX8 cup and with dads help, put together the money to buy a cup car and compete in a race for the first time when I was 18 under the guidance of Phil at RaceAway.
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  • ๐–๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ก๐š๐ฏ๐ž ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐›๐ž๐ž๐ง ๐๐จ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ฌ๐ข๐ง๐œ๐ž ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐ฅ๐š๐ฌ๐ญ ๐ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ง๐ญ ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก ๐‘๐š๐œ๐ž๐€๐ฐ๐š๐ฒ?
Since my last event with RaceAway I have been continuing in the RX8 cup Series, including our most recent round at Morgan Park. I had a lot of plans to do endurance races and other small events but since this last lockdown we have had to put a hold on those plans.

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  • ๐–๐ก๐ž๐ง ๐๐ข๐ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐ ๐ž๐ญ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐Ÿ๐ข๐ซ๐ฌ๐ญ ๐ซ๐š๐œ๐ž ๐ก๐ž๐ฅ๐ฆ๐ž๐ญ?
My first helmet was just a motorbike helmet I got when I was 14 to compete in the motokhanas but I brought my first circuit helmet when I was 18, which was the same time I bought the cup car.
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  • ๐ƒ๐จ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐ก๐š๐ฏ๐ž ๐š ๐Ÿ๐š๐ฏ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ข๐ญ๐ž ๐ญ๐ซ๐š๐œ๐ค?
My favourite track is definitely Wakefield Park because thatโ€™s where I first drove, but the most amazing circuit Iโ€™ve ever driven is The Bend in SA.
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  • ๐–๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐๐จ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐๐จ ๐ฐ๐ก๐ž๐ง ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎโ€™๐ซ๐ž ๐ง๐จ๐ญ ๐ซ๐š๐œ๐ข๐ง๐ ?
When Iโ€™m not racing Iโ€™m either at work (as a qualified mechanic), playing with rotaries or down the coast at my parentโ€™s house building racecars with my dad.
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  • ๐–๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ก๐š๐ฏ๐ž ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐›๐ž๐ž๐ง ๐๐จ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ญ๐จ ๐ค๐ž๐ž๐ฉ ๐›๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ฒ ๐๐ฎ๐ซ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ฌ ๐œ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ซ๐ž๐ง๐ญ ๐ฅ๐จ๐œ๐ค๐๐จ๐ฐ๐ง?
During the lockdown I have been continuing to work, while also catching up on some of my own projects. I have blown the engine up in my road car so now has been the perfect time for me to get it back onto the road as well as fix up a bit of the bodywork.
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  • ๐‹๐š๐ฌ๐ญ๐ฅ๐ฒ, ๐ฐ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐š๐ซ๐ž ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐ฅ๐จ๐จ๐ค๐ข๐ง๐  ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ๐ฐ๐š๐ซ๐ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ฆ๐จ๐ฌ๐ญ ๐จ๐ง๐œ๐ž ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฅ๐จ๐œ๐ค๐๐จ๐ฐ๐ง ๐ข๐ฌ ๐จ๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ?
Being able to go down to the South Coast to see my family and work on the racecars. Iโ€™m hoping we get another race in this year but as long as I get to see my family for Christmas, Iโ€™ll be happy!
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What an amazing story, thanks Maisie ๐Ÿ‘ Be sure to follow along in the coming weeks to hear more from other inspiring ladies in the sport! #womeninmotorsport #inspirationalwomen
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NSW Racing Roadmap To Freedom ๐Ÿ

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 โ€œstay-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.โ€

 

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

 

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 lookingย to open October 4th.

 

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

 

For more information and otherย 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 โ€˜nโ€™ drive packages!ย We have multiple driver seats andย 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.

 

๐Ÿš˜ย ย Mazda MX-5 Cup Rd 3 โ€“ย July 10ย โ€“ Sydney Motorsport Park.

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

 

๐Ÿš˜ ย APRA (Pulsars) Rd 5 โ€“ย July 10ย โ€“ Sydney Motorsport Park.

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

 

๐Ÿš˜ UNLIMITED LAPS & UNLIMITED FUN – SUNDAYย JULY 18ย – Pheasant Wood Circuit.

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

 

๐Ÿš˜ย ย 7 Hour Enduro Event โ€“ย July 24-25ย โ€“ Pheasant Wood Circuit.

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

 

๐Ÿš˜ ย NSW Production Touring Cars Enduro Rd 3 โ€“ย July 31-Augย 1ย โ€“ Sydney Motorsport Park.

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

 

๐Ÿš˜ย ย Mazda RX-8 Cup Rd 4 โ€“ย August 6-8ย โ€“ Phillip Island (VIC).

  • 2x RX-8 cup car hires available to drive in round 4 at Phillip Island, VICย (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.

 

๐Ÿš˜ ย Deputy 4 Hour Enduroย โ€“ย August 14-15ย โ€“ Pheasant Wood Circuit.

  • Secure your seatย in the RaceAway Track Timeย / Shaneโ€™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.

 

๐Ÿš˜ย ย MotorEvents Thunderdome 14 Hour โ€“ย August 21-22ย โ€“ Calder Park (VIC).

  • Thunderdome promoted by Motor Events. This Unicorn combination is asย rare asย 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 andย event licences areย okay.ย This track may be a block of flats soon so you donโ€™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!ย 

April 2nd to 4th, 2021- ย a weekend to remember!! ๐Ÿ ๐Ÿ†
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 PIRTEKย & RaceAway Track Timeย 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 wouldnโ€™t have come home with a result or a finish. Congratulations also to Team Group Suzuki Racing Teamย for coming in 2nd & 3rd. Bring on 2022!
Proud Sponsors: Pirtek Hunter Valley, Shane’s Signs, Bowerโ€™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. Weโ€™re looking forward to seeing Jamieโ€™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 canโ€™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 Arriveโ€™nโ€™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 Lougherโ€™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 wasnโ€™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.

RaceAwayโ€™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 peopleโ€™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 yearโ€™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 youโ€™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 donโ€™t get in go-karts.

I got to grips with the cars quickly โ€“ 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 didnโ€™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 didnโ€™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.

Iโ€™m really looking forward to driving at Bathurst โ€“ looking forward, Iโ€™m really hoping to do some more racing in production-type cars, and further down the line Iโ€™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?

Iโ€™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? Whatโ€™s the biggest thing youโ€™ve learned from them?

Iโ€™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.

Iโ€™ve got faster throughout both weekends, but the biggest thing Iโ€™ve learned is the spatial awareness of being in an enclosed car, and judging distances between other cars when Iโ€™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 โ€“ heโ€™s teaching me a lot about car positioning on the track, and car control.

I canโ€™t wait to drive at Bathurst later in the year, and Iโ€™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.