RaceAway Track Time Set for Production Car Finale

Southern Highlands racing team, race car hire and driver development outfit, RaceAway Track Time will compete in the final round of the Australian Production Car Series at Wakefield Park, 18-19 November.

Racing rookies Gavan Reynolds and Chris Manning will be joined by NSW Pulsar Series front-runner Josh Heath in one of RaceAway Track Time’s N15 Nissan Pulsars, which will compete in Class E.

For Reynolds and Manning, the event is an opportunity to gain valuable track miles as they prepare for a step up to the Toyota 86 Racing Series next year.

RaceAway Track Time owner Phil Alexander said the long distance running will also be good for practising endurance techniques.

“Because there are two 300km races, there will be pit stops and refuelling,” Alexander said.

“It’s a great opportunity for Gavan and Chris to practice being in the car for long stints, and then going through the process of driver changes.

“Also, because the Australian Production Car Series runs a multi-class format, they will also gain experience with traffic, especially learning how to be overtaken by faster cars.

“Josh is part of our team and he’s one of the front-running contenders in the Pulsar Series, and is also a very accomplished endurance driver, so it made sense to bring him along as a third driver; he will be a good benchmark for the other two.”

The Australian Production Car Series round comes at a busy time for the RaceAway Track Time squad, which is also running two cars in the Marulan Cheap Car Challenge a week prior, and a fleet of entries in the final round of the NSW Pulsar Series – also an endurance event – at Wakefield Park on the first weekend in December.

The Colo Vale-based team is also building cars for the brand-new Mazda RX8 Cup one-make series, while Alexander is kept busy during the week providing driver development and CAMS/AASA licence assessment services.

Heath Hits the Lead

Josh Heath has taken the lead of the 2017 NSW Pulsar Series in his RaceAway Track Time Nissan N15 Pulsar with his second consecutive round victory at Sydney Motorsport Park on the weekend.

Heath qualified second, and finished third in Race 1 behind Matt Boylan and Craig Thornton. He fought his way past Boylan and Thornton to take the lead and the win in Race 2, and again came out on top after a close battle with Boylan in Race 3.

The results have enabled Heath to take a seven point advantage at the top of the series standings, at the season’s half-way mark.

The other RaceAway Track Time drivers also enjoyed strong weekends. Gene Alexander qualified seventh, but after falling to 11th in Race 1, he recovered to finish sixth in Races 2 and 3, setting the fastest lap of the field in Race 2. As a result, he maintained his top-five position in the standings.

Mark Crutcher recorded finishes of 18th, 13th and 15th in the three races, while Dion Pangalos was happy to finish all three races in his return to motorsport. Rookie racer Tom Pym improved his lap times in each race, as he learned the Sydney Motorsport Park circuit.

The next round of the NSW Pulsar Series is at Wakefield Park, 2 July.


NSW Pulsar Racing Series – Top 10 Points

1. Josh Heath – 817

2. Daniel Smith – 810

3. Matt Boylan – 807

4. Cem Yucel – 620

5. Gene Alexander – 612

6. Alexandra Lawrence – 600

7. Craig Thornton – 581

8. Luke Eberhart – 474

9. Ben Hanrahan – 447

10. Tim Passlow – 421

Heath Aims to Continue Winning Pulsar Run

The Australian Pulsar Racing Association (APRA) Series returns to Sydney Motorsport Park for Round 3 this weekend, and RaceAway Track Time driver Josh Heath is looking to continue his winning form.

Heath took overall victory in the last round of the Pulsar Series, held on Sydney Motorsport Park’s Brabham Circuit, and is now just 33 points off the series lead.

This weekend’s event will be held on the traditional SMP Gardner (GP circuit), with its mix of flowing, constant-radius corners.

Once again, the RaceAway Track Time team will oversee a large fleet of Pulsars.

Following his consistent start to the season, Gene Alexander is hoping some recent improvements to his Pulsar – especially the differential setup – will yield some improved results.

Jack Winter demonstrated front-running pace in the previous round and will be aiming for more top five results, while Mark Crutcher has undertaken some testing ahead of the weekend.

Rookie racer Tom Pym is back behind the wheel, and returning to the motorsport scene is Dion Pangalos. The former production car racer has received technical support with his Pulsar from the RaceAway Track Time outfit, and makes his series debut this weekend.

RaceAway Track Time team owner Phil Alexander said its shaping up to be a busy weekend.

“It’s great to have the Pulsar Series back at a CAMS State Championship race meeting, and hopefully we can continue our recent strong run of form,” Alexander said.

“The GP circuit is a bit less complicated than the Brabham circuit, and the corners are generally fast and flowing. In these cars, it’s all about minimising mistakes and maintaining as much momentum as possible.”

The race meeting will consist of qualifying and Race 1 on Saturday, and Races 2 and 3 on Sunday.

RaceAway Track Time On Top at SMP

RaceAway Track Time Pulsar racer Josh Heath has taken the overall round victory in Round 2 of the NSW Pulsar Series at Sydney Motorsport Park’s Brabham circuit on the weekend.

Heath qualified fourth, but his typically strong race-craft came to the fore in Race 1, when he charged to second place and finished just 0.2s behind winner Daniel Smith.

Heath took the lead on the third lap of Race 2 and pulled to a three-second win.

In Race 3, Heath battled with Matt Boylan in the early laps but once he had clear track, he again pulled clear, this time taking the win by almost four seconds.

As a result, Heath has improved to second in the series standings, just 33 points behind Smith.

Following his division win in February’s Wakefield 300 and strong showing in the Victorian Pulsar Series round at Winton in March, RaceAway Track Time junior driver Jack Winter was back in the NSW series and had his most competitive showing to date, qualifying sixth. After finishing 11th in Race 1 due to an incident, Winter recovered to seventh in Race 2 and fifth in Race 3.

Team owner Phil Alexander debuted the latest RaceAway Track Time Pulsar and was competitive from the outset, finishing seventh outright in the weekend’s final race and winning the Masters Cup for drivers over 40.

Gene Alexander had a challenging weekend after the team elected to experiment with a new differential setup, but still accumulated a healthy bundle of points and maintained his top-five position in the series standings.

The next round of the NSW Pulsar Series is on the Sydney Motorsport Park GP Circuit, 27-28 May.


NSW Pulsar Racing Series – Top 10 Points

1. Daniel Smith – 565

2. Josh Heath – 532

3. Matt Boylan – 527

4. Alexandra Lawrence – 417

5. Gene Alexander – 404

6. Trent Murray – 401

7. Cem Yucel – 392

8. Ben Hanrahan – 341

9. Craig Thornton – 326

10. Tim Passlow – 303