November 8, 2018
RaceAway Track Time has announced its driver lineup for this weekend’s Wakefield 301 endurance race, 18-year-old Maisie Place joining the experienced Phil Alexander aboard the team’s Mazda MX5.
Place, a second-year apprentice mechanic from Moruya on the NSW South Coast, is in just her first season of racing, competing in the Mazda RX8 Cup which runs as part of the Australian Motor Racing Series (AMRS).
Having attended many of the Wakefield Park endurance races as a spectator, Place can’t wait to take her place (pun unintended) on the grid this weekend.
“I love the Wakefield 300, or 301 as it’s called this year, I’ve been coming to all of them since I was a kid,” Place said.
“It’s an event I’ve always dreamed of racing in, and I can’t wait to be part of it.”
Place has impressed many of her Mazda RX8 Cup rivals with her rapid improvements since her debut in the category, but she says the Wakefield 301 will be a whole new experience.
“In the Mazda RX8 Cup, all the cars are the same and the lap times are very close, but in the Wakefield 301 there are all different types of cars,” Place said.
“There will be quite a big variation in speed between the fast and slow cars, and our Mazda MX5 is somewhere in the middle. I’m going to have to deal with being lapped by faster cars, while lapping slower cars. It will be a good learning experience for me.
“It’s exciting to have Phil (Alexander) driving with me – Phil has done a lot of racing in some really big events like the Bathurst 1000 and Nurburgring 24 Hour, so I will be able to pick up a lot from his experience and advice.”
The Wakefield 301 action commences with free practice tomorrow (Friday), followed by official practice and qualifying on Saturday, and the 137 lap, 301 kilometre race on Sunday.