January 22, 2020
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.
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.
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!