RX8 Rookies and Cheap Car Challengers Shine

August 21, 2018

RaceAway Track Time’s Mazda RX8 Cup rookies and Cheap Car Challenge combatants have recorded some impressive results across two different race tracks on the weekend.

In Round 3 of the Mazda RX8 Cup, held as part of the Australian Motor Racing Series (AMRS) round at Wakefield Park, Brayden Slater was back aboard the RaceAway Mazda RX8, while leading instructor Phil Alexander was also assisting Aaron Prosser and Maisie Place with driver development and car setup assistance.

Prosser, a New Zealander who now calls Australia home, was making his very first visit to Wakefield Park. After qualifying 11th, he stormed through the field in Race 1’s wet weather conditions, running as high as fourth before a late braking move saw him ending the race in the gravel trap at Turn 2.

Not to be discouraged, Prosser staged a strong recovery in Race 2, charging through the field to sixth. In Race 3, he battled with Matt Butters and Stephen McLaine on his way to third (setting the fastest lap in the process) and in Race 4, he chased series leader Ric Shaw all the way to the chequered flag to round out a strong weekend.

“It was my first time at Wakefield Park, and it took me a little while to come to grips with the track, which is where Phil’s knowledge was very useful,” Prosser said.

“Qualifying and Race 1 didn’t quite go according to plan, but we tuned the car across the weekend, and by the last race it was a rocket.”

Slater enjoyed a consistent weekend, continuing to develop his race-craft through battling more experienced drivers. After qualifying ninth, Slater finished in the top 10 in three of the four races and set his best lap in the fourth and final race, demonstrating his steady improvement curve.

“Brayden did everything we needed this weekend,” Alexander said.

“He brought the car home in one piece in each race, and learned a lot by racing wheel-to-wheel with others.”

In her very first circuit race meeting, Place had an eye-opening introduction with the wet weather in Race 1, but steadily improved her times in the remaining three races. The second-year apprentice mechanic demonstrated raw enthusiasm over the course of the weekend, relishing the chance to learn about the sport from others.

Half an hour north of Wakefield Park, the RaceAway Pulsar participated in the Cheap Car Challenge at Marulan’s Pheasant Wood facility.

Drivers Shane Fowler, John Connolly, Phil Keegan and Steve Champion qualified 16th, but a combination of no mistakes or penalties, consistent lap times and clean racing saw them improve to fifth position at the finish – the best result for RaceAway in a Cheap Car Challenge event to date.

Fowler even recorded a “breakout” time at one stage, going faster than the minimum-permissible 1:03 lap time, demonstrating the RaceAway Pulsar was a match for every other car in the field in terms of pace.

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