February 5, 2018
They have torn up the track at 24 Hours of Lemons, they have conquered the Marulan Cheap Car Challenge, and now the father-and-son duo of John and Tom Connolly will take on one of the longest-standing club-level endurance races in Australia – the Wakefield 300.
John Connolly is familiar to many car enthusiasts as the motoring writer for The Weekend Australian, while Tom also enjoys the challenge of testing his skills on racing circuits.
The pair have fine-tuned their craft in RaceAway Track Time’s fleet of race cars, and will make their Wakefield 300 debut in the RaceAway Mazda NC MX5.
Now in its 11th year, the Wakefield 300 is open to a wide range of production-based vehicles, and continues to attract large fields of well-credentialed drivers.
John Connolly said the event is a logical progression for his and Tom’s racing careers.
“Last year the father-and-son team of Craig and Adam Burgess took back-to-back victories in the Wakefield 300 and it’s time they got some real competition. Just because they race in a Ginetta G50 and are much better drivers than us, there’s no reason our Mazda MX5 can’t be there at the finish” John said.
“Tom and I have driven badly at tracks around the world and we did really well driving dog sleds in the Arctic Circle. Phil Alexander has blended all that experience including some really poor results in the 24 Hours of Lemons and Marulan Enduros into making us the top combo we are today.”
RaceAway Track Time team owner Phil Alexander is excited to give the Connollys the opportunity to tackle the 300.
“The Wakefield 300 is an event I’ve enjoyed in the past, especially with the different types of cars that enter each year,” Alexander said.
“John and Tom have done a lot of motorsport activity with us – track days and race events – and it’s been very pleasing to watch them learning and improving. Their dog-sledding abilities are second to none.
“The MX5s are popular cars for the 300s because they’re reliable and consistent, so hopefully John and Tom can get through at least ten laps.”
The 2018 Wakefield 300 will be held on 17-18 February.