One of the world’s leading brands in automotive filtration, FRAM Filters will once again join forces with Tickford Racing in the 2019 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship.  

The 2019 season, which gets underway this weekend at the Superloop Adelaide 500, also heralds the long awaited racing debut of the iconic Ford Mustang in the Supercars Championship. The familiar FRAM Filters logo is emblazoned across the rear wing of the team’s #5 Bottle-O Tickford Racing Mustang, piloted by the highly experienced Lee Holdsworth who is also making his debut with the Championship winning team this season. 

FRAM Filters marked the air, oil, fuel and cabin filter brand’s return to the Australian market last year with signage on one of the four Tickford Racing Falcon Supercars, a marketing platform that was effective in bringing the FRAM brand to the attention of the Australian automotive trade, the wider motorist market and the agricultural equipment sector.  

FRAM Filters is one of a number of high-quality automotive aftermarket product brands that are managed by Filpro Automotive, an international automotive component manufacturer and marketer with operations based in Australia and New Zealand servicing the Oceania region.

According to Filpro Automotive Australia and New Zealand Managing Director, Roger Lassen, the company is delighted to be back on the track this year on one of the six new Mustangs that will be making their Supercar racing debut this season. 

“The excitement that has accompanied the introduction of the Mustang to the Supercars Championship has and continues to be extraordinary. We are pleased to be a part of that excitement with Tickford Racing and accomplished driver Lee Holdsworth. We are looking forward to engaging our customers in a number of activities around our front line motorsport involvement and to support our Australian and New Zealand distributors by strongly promoting FRAM Filters at the 15 Supercar rounds from February to November this year.”

For vehicle application or stocking enquiries in Australia for FRAM Filters, the team at Filpro Automotive can be contacted on 1800 155 879 or by sending an enquiry to 

FRAM Filters are also available throughout New Zealand from BNT stores across the nation.


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Burson Auto Parts has joined forces with the 2019 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship, as part of the Australian company’s most extensive motorsport program in its 47 year history.

Australia’s preferred supplier of automotive parts, tools and equipment has become the Official Automotive Event Partner across several of the most exciting Supercar rounds of the year.

Burson Auto Parts will partner with Supercars for the upcoming Round 1 in Adelaide and across the inaugural Pirtek Perth Supernight event, the Vodafone Gold Coast 600 endurance event and the grand final round, the Coates Hire Newcastle 500. The familiar Burson Auto Parts logo will appear on high profile signage at each of these spectacular Supercar events.

Burson Auto Parts blasted its way into the Supercars arena for the first time in 2017 by sponsoring Paul Dumbrell’s Commodore Supercar during his outstanding final two seasons of full-time competition. The Burson Auto Parts sponsored driver (and former member of the company’s executive management team) raced to seven victories and his second consecutive runner-up finish in the Super2 Championship, his car proving to be an incredibly effective billboard for the 180 store strong national auto parts supplier.

“Following Paul’s retirement from racing, the next step for Burson Auto Parts was to make this Australian company a part of Australia’s most exciting motor racing events. We are delighted to become the 2019 Virgin Australia Supercars Official Automotive Event Partner across a number of prestigious Supercar events, ensuring that the Burson Auto Parts message remains a part of this country’s most popular motor racing series,” stated Burson Auto Parts General Manager of Sales and Marketing, Anthony Hughes.

“This next step in our Supercars marketing program compliments our continuing Australian motorsport sponsorships and forms a great fit to reach the trade and the wider motoring community. We are looking forward to significantly extending the reach of the Burson Auto Parts - The Parts Professionals message during 2019,” Mr Hughes added.

Burson Auto Parts continues its series sponsorship of the popular Touring Car Masters Series in 2019, along with the CAMS Rising Star Awards and the CAMS Australian Formula 4 Championship, supporting the development of junior level racing drivers seeking to make their mark in Australian motorsport.


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HubAuto Corsa has unveiled a new-look driver line-up for this year’s Blancpain GT World Challenge Asia campaign after confirming at least one of its Ferrari 488 GT3s will return to the championship.

Two victories helped Nick Foster finish second in 2018’s Drivers’ standings while the Taiwanese squad were also fifth in the Teams’ championship. That success has led to both representing Ferrari in this year’s Intercontinental GT Challenge Powered by Pirelli.

And it’s that new, globe-trotting commitment that has resulted in a shake-up of the team’s Blancpain GT World Challenge Asia roster, which now features Yuya Sakamoto and accomplished Australian and international GT and Supercar enduro driver David Russell.

Super GT300 and Super Taikyu regular Sakamoto moves across from Porsche Team EBI with whom he contested Blancpain GT Series Asia’s Japanese rounds at Suzuka and Fuji in 2017.

He’s joined by Russell who’s best known for his strong performances in Australian Supercars’ endurance events in recent years, GT class podiums at the Bathurst 12 Hour and finishing runner-up in 2015’s Porsche Carrera Cup Australia championship.

“We are excited to be returning to Blancpain GT World Challenge Asia for a second season,” said team owner Morris Chen. “The team had a great first year in 2018 when it won races and came very close to also clinching the Drivers’ Championship at the final round. Now the aim is very simple: to go one better.

“We had other options for this season but it’s important that we continue to support motorsport in Asia.”

HubAuto Corsa’s Ferrari is the second 488 GT3 confirmed for the upcoming campaign following last week’s announcement that T2 Motorsports are returning to the championship with former Formula 1 driver Rio Haryanto.

2019’s list of confirmed entries also includes Audi, BMW, Lamborghini, Mercedes-AMG and Porsche. More will be announced before the opening round at Sepang in Malaysia on April 6/7.

According to Russell, joining HubAuto Corsa for the 2019 Blancpain GT World Challenge Asia is a very exciting opportunity to continue his successful international GT racing career.

“I can’t wait to get settled into the Ferrari at the first round at Sepang, a circuit where I have had success in the past finishing 2nd in the Sepang 12 Hour with Roger Lago.

“Consistency will be the key for myself and Yuya Sakamoto who I look forward to teaming up with for the championship. This is a championship that I have always wanted to compete in with a great depth of talent in the field, racing on some of Asia’s best racing circuits.

“It will be a busy year of racing this season, which is perfect for keeping me sharp and fit for the Supercar enduros later in the year,” Russell said.

The 2019 Blancpain GT World Challenge Asia will be contested over six events being held in Malaysia, Thailand, Japan, Korea and China from April to September.


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Dayco Ambassador David Russell together with long term GT racing partner Roger Lago and Supercar racer Todd Hazelwood have started the 2019 Australian motor racing season off with an impressive top ten finish in the 2019 Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour. 

Competing for the first time with Matt Stone Racing in an Audi R8 LMS that both Russell and Lago had only first driven one week before the event, the trio’s outstanding result of 9th overall saw them out-perform a number of local and international Pro Am category teams, finishing second in the Pro-Am standings to major international team AF Corse (Ferrari) and a clear two laps ahead of the rest of the 38 car field.

Russell, Lago and Hazelwood’s performance at Bathurst also earned the Matt Stone Racing team the highest placed Audi honours at this prestigious event, surpassing all of the factory supported teams.

Sunday’s challenging race covered a record 312 laps (1,938km) this year and was held in hot conditions. The frantic pace of this epic 12 hour race was reflected in the average lap speed of 161kph, another new event record.

“That was a great race, it was flat out all the way and the team performed brilliantly, “ David Russell said.

“All three drivers were consistent, fast and error free - the car looks as straight and perfect as when it arrived!

“I’m a bridesmaid once again in the Pro-Am class and it was a major international GT team that finished ahead of us, with the rest of the field a long way behind.

“I look forward to coming back next year to try and take the Pro –Am win. I am very proud of our result as the first time we drove this car was just one week before the race. We all came to grips with it immediately and were able to extract the best from it.

“Thanks to the hard working Matt Stone Racing crew for making all of the right decisions and preparing a fantastic car and to Aussie Driver Search for letting us race their car,” Russell added.

The Dayco sponsored driver will return to Mount Panorama for the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 this October, the first of three Pirtek Season of Endurance races for the 2019 season.

This event marked Russell’s eleventh Bathurst 12 Hour, his third Pro-Am podium result and his sixth overall top ten result in this epic race. It continues the talented driver’s remarkable tally of class wins and podiums in every format of Bathurst GT or Production car racing at Mount Panorama.


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Tenneco Inc. has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Öhlins Racing A.B. (“Öhlins”), a Swedish technology company that develops premium suspension systems and components for the automotive and motorsport industries.

The addition of Öhlins will accelerate the development of advanced original equipment (OE) intelligent suspension solutions, while also fast-tracking time to market. It will also enhance Tenneco’s portfolio in broader mobility markets with the addition of Öhlins’ range of premium OE and aftermarket automotive and motorsports performance products.

Founder Kenth Öhlin will retain a minority interest in Öhlins and partner with Tenneco to provide continuity in his strategic and technological vision.

“I am proud of the Öhlins team and all we have accomplished over the last 43 years. We are excited to continue to deliver innovative technologies that can accelerate growth with the full strength and resources of Tenneco behind us,” Mr Öhlin stated.

According to Tenneco co-CEO, Mr Brian Kesseler, this acquisition follows a long and mutually successful association between the two leading Aftermarket Ride Performance product companies.

“Tenneco’s 20 year relationship with Öhlins has delivered world class product in the intelligent suspension market and provides a strategic entry into advanced performance communities with premium branded products and proprietary Continuously Controlled Electronic Suspension Valve (CES) technology.” Mr Kesseler said.

“Öhlins’ technology team will allow us to rapidly grow our product offerings for current and future customers, as well as help us win a larger share of business in developing mobility markets. I am delighted to welcome the Öhlins team as an important part of our new Aftermarket and Ride Performance company,” He added.

The acquisition is expected to close during the first quarter of 2019, subject to regulatory and shareholder approvals and other customary closing conditions.

The benefits of Tenneco’s performance product and motorsport specific product range through the acquisition of Öhlins will be gained across all of Tenneco’s global markets, including Australia and New Zealand.


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Headquartered in Lake Forest, Illinois (USA), Tenneco is one of the world’s leading designers, manufacturers and marketers of Ride Performance and Clean Air products and technology solutions for diversified markets, including light vehicle, commercial truck, off-highway equipment and the aftermarket, with 2017 revenues of $9.3 billion and approximately 32,000 employees worldwide. Tenneco also owns and operates a Monroe manufacturing and product development facility in Adelaide (SA).

On October 1, 2018, Tenneco completed the acquisition of Federal-Mogul, a leading global supplier to original equipment manufacturers and the aftermarket with nearly 55,000 employees globally and 2017 revenues of $7.8 billion.  Additionally, the company expects to separate its businesses to form two new, independent companies, an Aftermarket and Ride Performance company as well as a new Powertrain Technology company, in late 2019.

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EXEDY sponsored Supercar racer Garry Jacobson claimed third place in the 2018 Dunlop Super2 Series championship standings following an action packed finale held at the Coates Hire Newcastle 500 over the weekend.

The 2016 Super2 Series champion entered the round with a mathematical chance of winning the title, though a race stoppage in the final race of the season deprived him of pushing for a second championship victory.

Jacobson qualified his MEGA Fuels MW Motorsport Nissan Altima in seventh place for the first of two races on the punishing 2.65km Newcastle street circuit, needing a strong result in Saturday’s race to remain in the championship fight.

He made gains early in the race and vaulted up to fourth place, fighting for third place with the Holden VF Commodore of Will Brown in the final stages, but the Exedy racer was unable to grab third place by the chequered flag.

“Qualifying in seventh wasn’t where the car was in my mind, as I was trying to get a lap time in without hitting the fence,” said Jacobson.

“I noticed a lot of people struggling under brakes and then that’s how I was able to get up a few spots. I was behind Will and although we had a bit more pace, I couldn’t get past him.”

The fourth-place finish left Jacobson 129 points adrift of the series leader entering the final race. Starting from fourth on the grid, the Shepparton native held onto that position when the race was stopped due to an accident for Kristian Lindbom. With damage to the barriers, the race was declared a non-event.

It left Jacobson in third in the championship in what was his 100th race in the Dunlop Super2 Series, behind new champion Chris Pither and Paul Dumbrell in the standings.

“It was pretty tricky last year following my championship win in 2016 and struggling to even get a single podium,” reflected Jacobson.

“In the off-season, I had to make a move and have all my sponsors trust in me and then take another chance on me to bounce back to form and get pole positions and wins.

“To get a third in the championship this year shows that I haven’t dropped away and still have the consistency needed to get the job done.

“It is a lot more competitive in Super2 than when I won the championship in 2016 and you need some luck to win it at any time, but more so these days. I’m really happy to be the highest placed Nissan after this year, as our team was very strong.

“Winning a championship and finishing third over the last three years is a pretty good sales pitch for a main-game seat – Jack Le Brocq did it after finishing third in the series.

“I enjoy my racing and I'm always excited to be part of the Supercars paddock. There are plenty of other kids out there that don’t get the opportunities to keep racing, so I want to do it for them. If you don’t appreciate motorsport for what it is you aren’t really a racer at heart, so it is certainly my goal for next year to keep pushing on regardless of where it is.

“Thanks again to everyone that has supported me this year – both corporately, in media and the mega-passionate Supercars fan-base.

“This year has been phenomenal, especially through the PIRTEK Enduro Cup with Rick Kelly, Castrol and Nissan Motorsport and in Super2 with Matt White Motorsport. Matt and his team really put together a great outfit and I’m proud of what we were able to achieve this year.”

Jacobson won races in Adelaide and in Townsville during the 2018 season. His 100 race starts have yielded seven race wins and the championship win in 2016. The Exedy driver holds race lap records at Phillip Island, Adelaide and Sandown, along with qualifying lap records at Adelaide, Sydney Motorsport Park and Sandown and the practice lap record at Symmons Plains.


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Autobarn Lowndes Racing’s Craig Lowndes and Steven Richards have once again conquered one of the world’s most demanding motor races, taking a commanding victory of Australia’s Great Race, the 2018 Bathurst 1000, held at the legendary Mount Panorama Circuit (NSW) on Sunday October 7.

The Autobarn sponsored duo and their highly skilled Triple 8 Race Engineering crew managed to overcome a number of major challenges during the Bathurst weekend to score Lowndes’ 7th and Richards’ 5th Mount Panorama victory during Lowndes’ final season as a full-time Supercar driver.

This dominating victory places Australia’s most popular racing driver at equal second on the all-time Bathurst 500 / 1000 winners list. Lowndes, who is also a triple Supercar champion, is now level with his co-driver’s father Jim Richards with seven Mount Panorama victories, while co-driver Steve Richards moves up to sixth on the all-time Bathurst winners list with his fifth Mountain victory.

The Autobarn sponsored duo’s 2018 Bathurst challenge did not start smoothly at all with early serious power steering issues and a trans-axle replacement along with some car set-up challenges. Once they were dealt with, Sunday’s six hour race handed them a mid-race downpour that caused an off circuit foray at the pit entry along with in-car ventilation problems and a cool suit failure during Lowndes’ final three stints behind the wheel.

Lowndes, Richards and their outstanding race team overcame these hurdles to gain Autobarn Lowndes Racing a resounding Bathurst victory - a win that has confirmed both Lowndes and Richards’ status as true Bathurst legends. 

The Autobarn duo qualified ninth for the race. This meant that Lowndes had levelled with his mentor Peter Brock at third on the all-time Bathurst Top Ten Shootout appearance list at a staggering 17 times.

Despite Richards’ off-track excursion into the gravel trap on the entry to pit lane due to wet conditions, the Autobarn Lowndes Racing Commodore was up to second place entering the final stint of the race. Lowndes took the lead from the physically struggling David Reynolds on lap 135 of 161. After that, Lowndes raced away to a comfortable lead to secure his 7th Bathurst victory by more than six seconds.

A huge crowd invasion for the podium presentation ensured a loud celebration with Lowndes and Richards. Race fans chanted “Lowndesy” and “One More Year” in unison and even prompted the Supercar veterans to partake in a ‘shoey’ - the process of drinking victory champagne from their race boots, to which both Autobarn drivers duly obliged, gaining a rapturous crowd response.

“To have all of the problems that we had earlier in the week and then for us to bounce back as a team was really good,” Lowndes said.

“I couldn't have asked for anything more to have the track come to me in the closing stages and it really was an incredible finish for us. I've never had such a big gap on the last lap at Bathurst to be able to enjoy it so much.

“Towards the end, your mind's thinking anything can happen. I started to smell rubber and thought something could be wrong, but it was Tim Slade’s car. The crowd was immense and Richo did a fantastic job - what an amazing finish to a great race,” he stated.

Richards, who also teamed with Lowndes to win at Mount Panorama back in 2015, has partnered the triple Supercars Champion at the Supercar endurance races since 2014 and like Lowndes, also made his Supercars championship debut in 1996.

“Unbelievable, words cannot describe what's just happened… I'm just stunned!” said Richards.

“We know anything can happen at this place, but we've had a tough weekend on our side of the garage and when it came to it, the boys really dug deep. There's been a lot of stress, but we just knuckled down and got on with it and this is an absolute credit to the Autobarn Lowndes Racing team,” he stated. 

While 44 year old Lowndes is competing in his final full time Supercar racing season this year, he has been signed to continue as an endurance race co-driver for the dominant Triple 8 Race Engineering team in 2019. This gives the Autobarn ambassador the chance to edge closer to the record of nine Bathurst 1000 victories held by his mentor, former team mate and close friend, the late Peter Brock.

According to Brad Hyde, Automotive Brands Group General Manager of Marketing, this Bathurst victory has been the highlight of an already outstanding season for Autobarn Lowndes Racing.

“This incredible victory showed the true grit and determination of the Autobarn Lowndes Racing Team. It was nothing short of an outstanding team effort and the entire Autobarn store network are proud to have been a part of Craig’s seventh Bathurst victory.

“From a marketing perspective, it could not have been any better for Autobarn with major national television, online and print media coverage gained throughout. We also conducted a number of Autobarn customer activations during the Bathurst weekend using our pit garage “Lowndsey’s Lounge” set-up, providing money can’t buy Bathurst 1000 pit visit experiences, as well as a driver signing at the new Autobarn Bathurst store” Mr Hyde stated.

Lowndes and Richards re-join forces in the Autobarn Lowndes Racing Commodore once again for the final round of the 2018 Enduro Cup on the streets of Surfers Paradise for the Gold Coast 600 from October 19 to 21. They do so as 2018 Enduro Cup leaders vying for the trophy awarded to the driver pairing with the most points across the Sandown, Bathurst and Gold Coast Supercar endurance race events.

Just like Lowndes’ Supercar performances on the track this season, Autobarn is a true standout of the Australian automotive retail industry. Autobarn combines decades of experience, premier product brands and personalised customer service through a national retail store network that continues to grow at an unprecedented rate.

Motorsport enthusiasts can show their support for Autobarn Lowndes Racing during the final Australian Supercar races of Lowndes’ final full time Supercars season with Autobarn’s exclusive in-store range of race team merchandise available from all 130 Autobarn stores nationwide.


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Feb 28-Mar 3:                 Adelaide 500, Adelaide (DS1)


Mar 14-17:                      Melbourne 400, Australian Grand Prix, Melbourne


April 5-7:                         Tyrepower Tasmania SuperSprint, Launceston


April 12-14:                     WD-40 Phillip Island 500; Phillip Island


May 2-4:                           Perth SuperNight, Barbagallo Raceway (DS2)


May 24-26:                      Winton SuperSprint, Winton Raceway, Winton


June 14-16:                      CrownBet Darwin Triple Crown, Darwin


July 5-7:                           Watpac Townsville 400, Townsville (DS3)

July 26-28:                        Ipswich SuperSprint, Ipswich (DS4)


Aug 23-25:                       The Bend SuperSprint, Tailem Bend


Sept 13-15:                       ITM SuperSprint, Auckland


Oct 10-13:                        Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 (DS5)


Oct 25-27:                        Vodafone Gold Coast 500, Surfers Paradise


Nov 8-10:                          Sandown 500, Melbourne


Nov 22-24:                        Coates Hire Newcastle 500 (DS6)

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September 24, 2018
- South Australian teenager Max Vidau has secured third place in the 2018 Porsche Michelin GT3 Cup Challenge Australia standings after racing to an impressive ninth podium finish of his rookie season at Sydney Motorsport Park on Saturday.

The 2017 Formula Ford Series champion qualified third fastest for first race of the final round and vaulted into second place with a great jump off the line. However, an early excursion off track dropped him to sixth place before a late-race charge to recover to fourth place.

“We managed to get up to second off the start and looked to challenge for the lead before running off the track at the final corner,” said Vidau.

“I got a bit loose and couldn’t catch it, so we lost a bit of ground and dropped to sixth. But we did have the pace to climb back up to fourth.”

 That placed Vidau fourth on the grid for Sunday’s final race of the season. And he once again jumped into second place off the start, however Cooper Murray stalling on the front row of the grid led to a major pile-up and resulted in the race having to be restarted. Vidau repeated his demon starting performance and slotted into second place, applying race-long pressure to leader Jimmy Vernon and finishing the battle in second place.

“We got a great launch but I had to swerve to avoid Murray,” said Vidau. “He was collected and that forced a race stoppage and full restart. But thankfully we made another great start and got back up to second. It was good to get a solid result to end off my rookie Porsche Michelin GT3 Cup Challenge season.”

Vidau’s stand out debut season included two race wins and nine podium finishes over the course of the six rounds and 17 races of the Porsche Michelin GT3 Cup Challenge Australia season, therefore finishing in the top three in more than 50 per cent of the races he contested as a  rookie.

He opened the season with two race wins and the overall round win at The Bend Motorsport Park, at the first motorsport event held at the new circuit in his home state of South Australia.

“We can’t complain with third in the championship, especially with the amount of learning we’ve had to do,” reflected Vidau.

“The highlight was definitely at The Bend Motorsport Park. To take the round win at the first motorsport meeting at the circuit in front of so many friends and family was very special.”

Vidau finished the season on 710 points, behind championship-winner Simon Fallon on 834 points and Murray on 803 points.

The 17 year old Adelaide racer wishes to thank his hard working team, Sonic Motor Racing Services for their outstanding efforts all season, along with his sponsors who are an integral part of his climb to the top the Australian motorsport ladder. These companies include Bob Jane T-Marts, Michelin, Hi-Tec Oils, MV Automatics, Southern Vehicle Centre, Instant Shower Screens, LJ Hooker Aldinga / Christies Beach, Holland Performance, Lonsdale Auto Centre and Percat Automotive.


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Dayco, a leading engine products and drive systems supplier for the automotive, industrial and aftermarket industries, will be doubling up its efforts for success at one of the world’s most famous Touring Car races, the epic Bathurst 1000 to be held at Mount Panorama (NSW) on October 7, 2018.

While appearing on the rear wing of the Monster Energy Tickford Racing Falcon Supercar driven throughout the 2018 season by Cam Waters, the striking Dayco brand logo will also be visible on the rear wing of 2013 Bathurst 1000 winner Mark Winterbottom’s Bottle-O Tickford Racing Falcon Supercar this year.

Cam Waters will be joined behind the wheel by Dayco Ambassador David Russell, who makes his debut with Tickford Racing at this year’s Pirtek Season of Endurance races, that include the Sandown 500 in September along with the Bathurst 1000 and Gold Coast 600 double points earning races in October.

Winterbottom, the 2015 Supercars Champion, will be joined by highly experienced racer Dean Canto at all three of the Supercars Season of Endurance races this year.

With all three of the 2018 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship Season of Endurance races broadcast via free to air networks across Australia and the world in addition to the outstanding local Fox Sports coverage, each of these races will reach huge local and global markets. The jewel in the crown being the gruelling six and a half hour, 161 lap test of man and machine at Bathurst’s Mount Panorama from October 4 to 7.

The additional Dayco signage will also appear on the two Tickford Racing Falcon Supercars at the Sandown 500 and at the Gold Coast 600, all three races where “Dayco Dave” Russell will be competing with this championship and Bathurst winning blue oval team.

According to Arnold Mouw, Dayco Vice President - Aftermarket Asia Pacific, “The increased exposure for Dayco across the Bathurst weekend and all three Supercars Season of Endurance events makes sense as these races enjoy such a strong following amongst fans, and enthusiasts within the automotive industry not only in Australia but all over the Asia Pacific region and the world.

“We are delighted to extend our Tickford Racing association with our signage on Mark Winterbottom’s car at the endurance races and we are excited to see Dayco ambassador Dave Russell back in Supercar action, marking a decade of his appearances as a fast and reliable Supercar co-driver this year. Together with Cam Waters, we are hoping for his strongest ever result at the Sandown 500 and the Bathurst 1000 along with the Gold Coast 600, where he has already taken Dayco to the podium.”


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Filpro Automotive is pleased to announce that its world renowned automotive aftermarket filtration brand, FRAM Filters, will gain an increased presence at three of Australia’s most popular Supercar Championship events.

Known as the 2018 Pirtek Season of Endurance, these are the three two-driver endurance races that includes Australia’s and one of the world’s most famous Touring Car races, the Bathurst 1000 at the majestic Mount Panorama circuit in New South Wales from October 4 to 7.

Along with FRAM Filters’ season long placement on the rear wing of Kiwi racer Richie Stanaway’s Tickford Racing Falcon, the FRAM Filters logo will also appear in two front bar placements for each of the three Season of Endurance Supercar races, which also include the Sandown 500 (Melbourne Sept 14-16) and the Gold Coast 600 (Surfers Paradise, QLD Oct 19-21).

Stanaway won the 2017 Sandown 500 on debut, co-driving with Tickford Racing’s Cam Waters. The talented Kiwi racer is more than determined to attempt back to back wins at this opening endurance race, this year paired with highly experienced racer Steve Owen in the Rabble.Club Tickford Racing Falcon.

According to Filpro Automotive General Manager Australasia, Roger Lassen, “FRAM has always enjoyed a strong motorsport presence around the world, so it makes sense to increase our premium quality aftermarket brand’s exposure at the three most challenging Supercar races of the year which make up more than 75% of the television audience each year, along with outstanding spectator numbers that include many involved in the automotive service and repair industry.”

“While it has been a challenging rookie season for Richie, we know how competitive he is in these races and we wish him and Tickford Racing the best for a return to their top form at the Sandown 500, Bathurst 1000 and in the Gold Coast 600,” Roger added.

The Pirtek Season of Endurance races make up events 12, 13 and 14 of the 16 Round 2018 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship with the final two events being the Auckland SuperSprint from November 2-4 at Pukekohe Park Raceway, which will form part of a major FRAM Filters trade customer promotion, along with the second running of the Newcastle 500 as the series’ grand finale from November 23-25.

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South Australian teenager Max Vidau recovered to third place in the final race of the penultimate round of the 2018 Porsche Michelin GT3 Cup season, held at Winton Motor Raceway in Victoria over the weekend, following a storming drive through the field.

Last year’s Australian Formula Ford champion produced a stunning fight-back in the first race of the event. Fighting for the lead, Vidau was the innocent victim of a collision following an early-race restart. The damage forced him into an unscheduled pit stop and relegated him down to 20th place, though he fought back to finish in fourth place in the 35 lap race.

“Unfortunately, we got hit at the rear at the restart, which punctured my tyre and sent us off the track, in turn damaging the front splitter,” said Vidau. 

“The Sonic team did an awesome job to repair it and get me back out on the track without losing a lap. That allowed us to fight through the field from 20th to fourth, which was a lot of fun and wasn’t easy to do on such a tight track. I had to do some big moves at places where you wouldn’t ordinarily overtake people, but it was the only way to get through.”

Vidau held onto fourth place in the second race of the event, engaging in a race-long battle with Jimmy Vernon for third place and finishing just six-tenths of a second behind.

“It was a great battle with Vernon, but we just couldn’t find a way through on someone with equal pace and on such a tight circuit,” said Vidau.

Vidau prevailed over Vernon in the third and final race of the weekend, moving up to third place to complete his fightback drive with a podium placing.

“We continued the battle with Vernon into Race 3 and I got through at Turn 1 and was able to finish the move off at Turn 4,” said Vidau. 

“We were able to pull away from him and were setting lap times that were comparable with the leaders, but they had already broken away up the road by that stage.

“The weekend didn’t go to plan but we didn’t make a mistake, just a bit of bad luck early on,” he said.

 Vidau is now placed third in the 2018 Porsche Michelin GT3 Cup championship standings with one event remaining in Sydney.

“Hopefully we can go out in Sydney on a high and end the season with some more race wins,” said Vidau.

The 2018 Porsche Michelin GT3 Cup Challenge Australia concludes at Sydney Motorsport Park in New South Wales from September 21 to 22.


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Adelaide teenager Max Vidau has raced to second overall in the fourth round of the 2018 Porsche Michelin GT3 Cup season at Queensland Raceway in Ipswich, Queensland, across the weekend.

The 2017 Australian Formula Ford champion set the pace in practice for the event and qualified on the front row at second fastest, just five one-hundredths of a second away from pole position. 

In the first of three races for the event, Vidau took an early lead and pulled a margin from his rivals before an off-track excursion into the fast right-hand Turn 1 corner damaged the front splitter and hurt the car’s downforce.

Vidau maintained the lead by resisting lap-by-lap challenges from Cooper Murray, holding onto the lead for 36 of the 40 laps before succumbing to the understeer he was suffering in the final stages.

“We got off to a good start and pulled a bit of a gap in the early stages,” said Vidau.

“Cooper started to make up the gap and, unfortunately, I made a mistake over the bumps into Turn 1 and lost the front splitter. We managed to keep Cooper behind us for the majority of the race but he did eventually get by.

“The front splitter is only a little strip but it makes a world of difference in these cars, so with the understeer I had to slow down in the corners but we held on to second place.”

Vidau dropped down the field in the second race following an off-track excursion, salvaging sixth place and valuable championship points.

“Race 2 didn’t go to plan,” reflected Vidau. “We made a mistake at Turn 4 and fell a bunch of positions, but we did fight back to sixth.”

With the grid order set by the results of the previous race, Vidau started the third and final race of the weekend from sixth but made a lightning start to be fourth into the first corner and challenging the leaders for the remainder of the race, earning another second-place finish. 

“Race 3 was good fun to fight back through the field and I made a great start to get up to fourth by the first corner,” explained Vidau.

“I chased down the leaders and climbed back up to second. It wasn’t my best, but I can take what the team and I have learned into the final races of the season.”

Vidau is currently in third place in the 2018 Porsche Michelin GT3 Cup Challenge Australia championship standings, 105 points behind the leader with two rounds remaining.

“We will continue to fight and see where we end up,” said Vidau. “We know we have strong race pace, so it’s a case of working as hard as we can to get up there and collect more points.”

The next event on the 2018 Porsche Michelin GT3 Cup Challenge Australia calendar is at Winton Motor Raceway, located just outside Benalla in rural Victoria from August 31 to September 2.


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An important part of Dayco Australia’s motorsport program is the nurturing of new engineering and technical talent within the automotive industry with the company’s long term support of the Melbourne based Monash University Formula Student racing team.

This outstanding young Australian team has once again competed strongly on the global Formula Student stage, racing to victory for the first time against Universities from all over the world at Britain’s historic home of motorsport, Silverstone during July.

The Australian team raced to overall first place with their internal combustion engine powered car and finished 3rd overall with their electric powered car, with both Monash Motorsport cars using integral Dayco engine components to control thermal management and performance.

Integral to achieving this success was the opportunity for the Monash Motorsport team to test prior to the competition in Europe with some of the highest performing Formula Student teams in world.

The Dayco sponsored team was invited to attend an extremely selective competition practice event hosted by Bosch at their extensive automotive proving ground facility located in Boxberg, Germany. This event, attended by 30 of the best combustion, electric and driverless Formula Student teams in the world, allowed the Australian team to replicate competition conditions. They completed this using both of their cars and with each of their competition drivers, giving the team vital testing experience prior to competing.

Monash Motorsport overcame many challenges during the competition at Silverstone, with more than 100 global teams taking part. The team’s electric car, the M17-E, achieved 10th place overall for acceleration, 7th for Skidpad and 3rd for Autocross. The team’s combustion car, the M17-C, set its fastest ever acceleration time of 4.11s, scoring a 7th overall placing along with 4th for Skidpad and 2nd in Autocross.

Both Dayco equipped Monash Motorsport cars set very competitive times throughout the Endurance event, with the M17-C and M17-E finishing 1st and 2nd respectively and ultimately scoring the most points across all the Dynamics based events.

The Monash Motorsport team was ecstatic to have achieved an overall 1st place with their combustion car and an overall 3rd place for their electric car - and to have won their first ever international competition in Monash Motorsport history. The Melbourne based team gained a huge amount of online media exposure and international recognition with this win, along with major interest from the global automotive engineering community.

“Dayco Australia is delighted to be a long term supporter of Monash University’s Formula Student program and congratulates this talented young Australian racing team on their first ever international victory. We are also proud that a number of Dayco components have contributed to this success and wish the team more victories in the future,” stated Dayco Vice President Aftermarket Asia Pacific, Arnold Mouw.

Monash Motorsport now heads to the Formula Student Austrian and German events, seeking to continue flying the Aussie flag proudly from the top steps of the podium. 


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Adelaide teenager Max Vidau has demonstrated incredible race-craft yet again in the 2018 Porsche Michelin GT3 Cup season at Victoria’s Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit across the weekend, gaining over 20 places over the course of two nine-lap races. 

The South Australian former Formula Ford champion set the pace in the opening practice session of the event and qualified on the front row in second place, just eight-hundredths of a second off pole position.

In the first of three races for the event, Vidau held second place and was chasing the leader Cooper Murray when a lockup forced him off the road and into the wall, as a result of the wet grass at Phillip Island.

“I didn’t get the best start off the line but I kept pace with Cooper, though unfortunately I made a mistake at Turn 2 in locking the rear tyres and fell off the road,” said Vidau. “With the wet grass it was impossible to pull up before hitting the wall.”

The progressive grid format used by the Porsche Michelin GT3 Cup series left Vidau towards the rear of the field for the start of the nine-lap second race, though a storming drive through the field saw him claim ninth place despite another off at Turn 2.

“We were off 23rd on the grid for the second race but we worked our way through the field,” reflected Vidau. “Unfortunately, I made another mistake at Turn 2 but without getting stuck this time, though I overtook a lot of cars in that race and it was good to regain track position.”

Vidau’s charge continued in the third and final race of the weekend by moving up from ninth to second over just nine laps, challenging race leader Murray in the final stages of the race.

“I got a great start and rounded a few cars into Turn 1 and on the first lap,” explained Vidau. “We eventually made our way through second but couldn’t find a way through on Cooper for the win.

“We showed good pace in those races and what our team can achieve, finishing off the weekend with a positive, but it was a bit of a hit in the championship.”

Vidau is currently second in the 2018 Porsche Michelin GT3 Cup Challenge Australia championship standings, 119 points behind the leader. 

This event marked the half way point of the 2018 Porsche Michelin GT3 Cup Challenge Australia calendar, with the next round being at Queensland Raceway in Ipswich from July 27 to 29.

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Adelaide teenager Max Vidau has shown blistering pace yet again in the second round of the 2018 Porsche Michelin GT3 Cup season at Melbourne’s Sandown Raceway across the weekend, racing to second place in the final race of the event after clawing back from outside the top ten.

The South Australian former Formula Ford champion won on his debut in the Porsche category on home soil at The Bend Motorsport Park last month, qualifying on the front row (2nd) for the inclement weather impacted second round at Sandown.

Vidau took the lead from the start of the first of three races of the weekend, however a clash with Cooper Murray dropped him to third. The race stewards handed Vidau a 26-second post-race penalty that consequently relegated his result to 12th.

With progressive grid orders used in the category, Vidau was forced to start from the 12th  spot on the starting grid for the second race of the weekend. However, he once again showed his speed by climbing up to fourth place despite limited green-flag running.

“The race was pretty hectic and we climbed up to fourth, but we didn’t get many green racing laps to make it more,” says Vidau.

“It was good fun to pass lots of cars, especially on a track like Sandown where you have to really commit to the move.”

Vidau made further gains in the third and final race of the weekend with a superb second place, setting a new lap record in his chase of eventual winner Murray.

“I got a shocking start but fought back to second, but we set the lap record and clawed down the gap, even though traffic didn’t help, and we had to settle for second,” says Vidau.

Vidau finished in fourth place overall for the round, bemoaning the penalty in the first race that set the tone for his weekend. 

“It wasn’t my best weekend, with a few mistakes on my behalf, but the team gave me a great car with setting a new lap record the proof,” reflects Vidau.

“It shows we have the speed to win, we just need to clean up the racing when we get to Phillip Island and beyond.”

Vidau is currently placed second in the 2018 Porsche Michelin GT3 Cup Challenge Australia championship standings, nine points behind the leader.

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Dayco Australia embarks on the company’s most exciting motorsport program to date in 2018. Featuring Supercars, Tarmac Rallying, Porsche Carrera Cup and GT Racing, the renowned Dayco logo will be seen by millions of motorsport fans at the many high profile events that each category includes, along with their television and live streaming audiences in Australia, New Zealand and across the world.

The most high profile addition to the Dayco motorsport program in 2018 is the leading aftermarket engine component suppliers’ Supercars involvement. Making the change from a five year stint with Nissan Motorsport, the Dayco logo can now be seen on the rear wing of one of the four Tickford Racing Ford Falcon Supercars, the Monster Energy Falcon driven by 2017 Sandown 500 Champion driver Cam Waters. This new Dayco partnership was christened with a top five finish in the second leg of the season opening Adelaide 500.

Dayco also enters its sixth season as the major personal sponsor of Supercar enduro and International GT racing driver David Russell. “Dayco Dave” will be competing in this year’s Sandown 500, Bathurst 1000 and Gold Coast 600, making a big move to Tickford Racing this season after competing as a Nissan factory team driver for the past five seasons. Russell will be co-driving with 2017 Sandown 500 winner Cam Waters in the Monster Energy Tickford Falcon.

Along with Russell’s Supercars involvement, the talented racer also plans to compete in selected major local and international GT events during the season. The Dayco ambassador kicked off his Intercontinental GT Championship season with a top ten finish in the 2018 Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour in February co-driving the JBS Australia Lamborghini R-EX with Roger Lago and Steve Owen.

Dayco Australia has also continued the company’s successful involvement in the Rally category, once again continuing its sponsorship of successful racer Alan Roe and co-driver Michael Lloyd. There has also been a change of car for the new season, Roe having parted ways with his highly successful Mitsubishi Evo 6 to debut a brand new BMW M2. The success of this move was confirmed early in this year’s CAMS Tarmac Rally Championship with a third place in February’s Targa North West held in Victoria. This exciting new car will be competing in the entire Championship which includes the world renowned Targa Tasmania event.

The 2018 Dayco Australia motorsport program also includes the 2018 Porsche Carrera Cup, with leading Pro-Am category driver Roger Lago competing in a brand new Porsche 911 Cup Car and debuting with three victories from three races at Adelaide’s opening round.

The support of motorsport based educational and vocational projects has been a part of Dayco Australia’s motorsport programs for several years. The leading automotive aftermarket company continues its involvement with Melbourne’s Monash University Formula SAE Team, known as Monash Motorsport. This team competes in national and global Formula SAE challenges throughout the year, seeking to win against the best local and international University teams. Dayco also supplies components and related technical support to this team.

According to Dayco Vice President, Asia Pacific Aftermarket , Arnold Mouw, the company continues to maximise its exposure to the trade through front line motorsport.

“We have a program of exciting motor racing categories that ensures strong Dayco branding reach to our trade markets across Australia and New Zealand, sometimes even extending beyond those regions as well” Mr Mouw stated.

“It is great to have Dayco join one of the top three teams in Supercars this season and to be a part of the inaugural CAMS Tarmac Rally Championship with a brand new car there as well. We also continue our highly successful Supercars and GT partnership with David Russell this year and look forward to his debut with Tickford Racing at the major Sandown, Bathurst Gold Coast endurance races,” He added.


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One of the world’s best known automotive filtration brands, FRAM Filters, has joined forces with one of Australia’s most successful Supercar teams in the 2018 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship.

FRAM Filters has been a global leader in automotive filtration for more than 85 years, providing automotive repairers worldwide with industry leading quality filtration products designed to suit a broad range of vehicle applications, from passenger cars to high performance and heavy-duty vehicles.

As a part of the major re-launch of the FRAM Filters brand in the highly diverse Australian automotive aftermarket sector, Filpro Automotive has paired the FRAM Filters brand with one of the Supercars’ Championship most exciting young drivers, Richie Stanaway.

 In a career that has included international success in GT Sportscars, GP2 and a host of junior categories, 26-year-old Stanaway paired with Tickford Racing driver Cam Waters to win the Sandown 500 last year, leading to his full-time Supercar drive with the team in the #56 Mega Fuels Tickford Racing Falcon this season.

According to Filpro Automotive General Manager, Roger Lassen, it is exciting to bring FRAM Filters to Supercars with such an exciting young driver and with such an accomplished team.

“FRAM Filters has a long pedigree of motorsport involvement across the world so it made perfect sense for us to bring our world renowned brand of automotive filtration products to Supercars, the unrivalled top category of motor racing in Australia and New Zealand. The FRAM Filters logo won’t be missed emblazoned across Richie’s Tickford Racing Falcon Supercar’s rear wing and we look forward to a great season ahead,” Mr Lassen stated.

“We will be leveraging our Supercars involvement in 2018 by providing trade customers with a number of money can’t buy experiences with Tickford Racing through trade-based FRAM promotions in Australia and through our long-term partner, BNT, in New Zealand,” Mr Lassen added.


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South Australian teenage motor racing sensation Max Vidau has won the season opening round of the 2018 Porsche Michelin GT3 Cup Challenge at the inaugural racing event to be held at South Australia’s The Bend Motorsport Park.

The 2017 Australian Formula Ford Champion made his debut in this highly competitive Porsche category on home soil joining a field of 26 entrants at the brand new facility, competing with defending triple Porsche Michelin GT3 Cup Challenge champion team, Sonic Motor Racing Services.

The 16-year-old Adelaide based racing driver showed maturity beyond his years to recover from ninth place in an interrupted qualifying session to win two of the three races along with the outright round victory after an incredible final race battle. The Bob Jane T-Marts sponsored driver greeted the chequered flag just 2/10ths of a second ahead of hard charging rival Cooper Murray after having traded the lead of the race several times with him during the exciting ten lap contest.

“It’s a new track and I’m a South Australian with a few people here supporting me, so it’s nice to give them the race win,” said Vidau.

“I messed up the start a little bit there but I managed to get the spot back,” said Vidau. “It was an awesome battle with Cooper. I felt like I could have broken away from him there a couple of times, but he reeled me back in and we battled it out. It’s my first round and now my first win, which is great.”

Vidau was forced to start the opening race of the weekend from ninth on the grid when a rain shower and two red flags left him unable to get a clear lap in qualifying. He made up seven positions in the early stages of the first race before running off the road and damaging his front splitter. He recovered to regain second place, earning the young racer a front row start for the second race.

Vidau took the lead from the start of that race and pulled an eight-tenths of a second gap on the field after the first lap, before an accident in the mid-pack forced the rest of the race to be run behind the Safety Car.

“We refocussed after a few mistakes in the first race in terms of my concentration and it was good to come out and take the win,” said Vidau.

These outstanding performances at the first-ever motorsport event at The Bend Motorsport Park and Vidau’s first race in a Porsche GT3 Cup Car after his stellar karting and open wheeler career have clearly showcased this young driver’s potential. Vidau’s opening round victory has also vindicated the decision made earlier this week to make the Adelaide racer one of three Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Michelin Junior Team scholarship members taking part in this year’s championship.

“Porsche has many exciting motorsport involvements worldwide and I hope that I can continue with Porsche to ultimately replicate the path of talented drivers like Matt Campbell. I’m looking forward to learning as much as possible by being a Michelin Junior Team member this season and really appreciate being selected, ” Vidau said.

The next event on the 2018 Porsche Michelin GT3 Cup Challenge Australia calendar takes place at Melbourne’s Sandown Raceway in Victoria from May 11 to 13.


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Reigning Australian Formula Ford Champion, 16 year old Max Vidau, announces the exciting next step in his burgeoning motor racing career.

The highly talented South Australian racing driver will be competing in the six round 2018 Porsche Michelin GT3 Cup Challenge, remaining with the team that mentored and technically assisted him to his national Formula Ford title, Sonic Motor Racing.

This move represents another important step in this outstanding young racing driver’s career. Vidau continues his successful progression from karts to open wheeler racing cars and now to Sportscars, in one of Australia’s most competitive one make motor racing series, the Porsche Michelin GT3 Cup Challenge.

“I’m so excited to be competing in the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge this season and to be racing with such a highly competitive team that has been so supportive of my career to date in Sonic Motorsport. This is the next stepping stone to Carrera Cup, GT and Supercars, so I am looking forward to adapting to these cars and learning how to get the most from them in what is sure to be a very challenging one make series,” Max Vidau said.

“It is also great to be racing with the support of Bob Jane T-Marts, Australia’s premier tyre retail chain and a long term supporter of Australian motor racing at all levels,” He added

The 2018 Porsche Michelin GT3 Cup Challenge Australia series gets underway with the inaugural race event to be held at Australia’s newest motor racing circuit complex, The Bend Motorsport Park located in the South Australian town of Tailem Bend this weekend  (April 13 to 15), followed by Victoria’s Sandown Raceway (May 11-13) and Phillip Island (June 1-3). The series then travels to Queensland Raceway (Jul 28-29), Winton Motor Raceway (Sept 1-2) and concludes at Sydney Motorsport Park (Sept 21-22).

According to Sonic Motor Racing Team Principal Mick Ritter, “Max Vidau is a very talented young motor racing driver, his achievements to this point have been remarkable for his young age. We look forward to helping him in his Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge this season and I don’t think it will take him very long to be running at the front.”

Having started his racing career in dirt karts at the age of 7, Vidau raced to several karting title race victories and podiums across Australia before stepping up to Formula Ford at the age of 15. Vidau clean swept the 2016 Victorian Formula Ford Championship with four pole positions and victory of all five rounds, earning him the title on debut. Then at 16, Vidau progressed to the Australian Formula Ford Championship, winning two of the six rounds, taking two pole positions and four race wins, earning him the national title, following in the footsteps of several of the most successful racing drivers in Australia. 

Vidau races with the valuable support of a sponsor group led by Bob Jane T-Marts, Hi Tech Oils, Holland Peformance, Southern Vehicle Centre, LG Hooker – Aldinga Beach, Edwards Solar, Instant Shower Screens,  Lonsdale Auto Service, Snap-On Tools, and MV Automatics.

Vidau will be continuing to seek new partnerships with companies that want to support this talented young South Australian racer as he ascends the Australian and international motorsport ranks.


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Adelaide 500*

1-4 March

2018 Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix

22-25 March

Tyrepower Tasmania SuperSprint*

6-8 April

WD-40 Phillip Island 500

20-22 April

Perth SuperSprint*

4-6 May

Winton SuperSprint

18-20 May

CrownBet Darwin Triple Crown

15-17 June

Watpac Townsville 400*

6-8 July

Coates Hire Ipswich SuperSprint

20-22 July

Red Rooster Sydney SuperSprint

4 August

The Bend SuperSprint

24-26 August

Sandown 500*

14-16 September

Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000*

4-7 October

Vodafone Gold Coast 600

19-21 October

ITM Auckland SuperSprint

2-4 November

Coates Hire Newcastle 500*

23-25 November

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March 15, 2018 - BURSON AUTO PARTS ON TRACK IN 2018

Australia’s Burson Auto Parts is on track for another record year both on the shop floor and on the track, as the company’s exciting motorsport marketing program kicks into gear across the country.

Headlining Burson Auto Parts’ motor racing involvement in 2018 is the second year of the company’s major sponsorship of Bathurst 1000 Champion driver and 2014 Super2 Series Champion Paul Dumbrell.

The striking matt black Burson Auto Parts VF Commodore Supercar was a fan favourite in 2017 thanks to Dumbrell’s outstanding race performances. Dumbrell, who is also a senior executive of the Bapcor Group, has already started his 2018 title fight strongly, having won two of the three Super2 races held at the Adelaide 500 opening round in March to lead the six round Championship, with all rounds to be held in conjunction with the 2018 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship.

Burson Auto Parts continues its series sponsorship of the highly popular Touring Car Masters (TCM) Series in 2018. Competing across eight rounds in support of the Supercars, this series brings back the muscle cars of the sport from bygone eras, all fitted with modern suspension, powertrain and safety gear to ensure fast, close and exciting racing. The thunderous power and speed of the TCM Series ensures that it is consistently voted by Supercar race fans as the most popular support category of all.

The grass roots level of Australian motorsport is also supported strongly by Burson Auto Parts, whom for a third year will be supporting the CAMS Future Star Awards while also co-presenting the Australian Formula 4 Championship. The CAMS Future Star Awards identify outstanding young motor racing talent through state, national and club level racing category awards. Formula 4 is an international specification open wheeler category that represents a step towards future international competition for talented young racing drivers.

While Burson Auto Parts lends its support to our future motor racing stars, this leading Australian automotive aftermarket company has not forgotten the sport’s heritage and the enduring legacy of its superstar cars and drivers of the past. To this end, Burson Auto Parts also continues to support the Victorian Historic Racing Register (VHRR), with Burson Auto Parts being the naming rights sponsor of one of the nation’s most popular historic racing category events, the Phillip Island Classic, which was held on March 10 and 11. This outstanding event saw record crowds enjoy exciting motor racing from cars and stars of decades gone by, including a full field of ground trembling Formula 5000 cars.

“Motorsport has proven to be a highly effective platform to promote Australia’s preferred trade supplier of automotive parts, tools and equipment to our core market of automotive repairers, along with motoring enthusiasts located across the country,” Craig Magill, Burson Auto Parts Executive General Manager stated.

“We look forward to a safe and exciting season ahead in 2018 to all of our sponsored competitors and categories,” Mr Magill added. 


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The motorsport year has raced to a strong start for Dayco Australia Rally Team driver Alan Roe at the opening round of the 2018 CAMS Australian Tarmac Rally Championship held in Northern Tasmania.

The new season has seen the Dayco sponsored team part ways with their trusty and successful Mitsubishi Evo 6, making the move to a brand new BMW M2.

After spending the off season testing and developing the team’s impressive new tarmac rally car, Roe and co-driver Michael Lloyd made a successful racing debut in Tasmania in February.

The Dayco BMW M2 team were immediately on the pace from the start of the rally, running in third position after a very wet and treacherous opening day. The slippery conditions continued into the second day, with Roe and Lloyd maintaining superb pace to earn a podium finish in their debut race with their new car.

According to Dayco racer Alan Roe, the team’s detailed pre-season work is paying dividends.

“During the rally off-season we have put many hours into refining the M2 for the demands of Tarmac rallying. Shepparton BMW have helped us to get the most out of the latest electronic systems that are present in the M2. We have worked closely with MCA Suspension to get the handling more to our liking and have recently been able to gain access to the ECU for some added performance tuning. Of course our Dayco belts and thermal management components are always up to the demands of front line tarmac racing.”

The Dayco BMW M2 will be racing at the three remaining 2018 CAMS Australian Tarmac Rally Championship rounds, starting with one of the world’s most renowned Tarmac Rally events, Targa Tasmania from April 16 to 21. This is followed by Targa Great Barrier Reef from August 31st to 2nd of sept  and Targa High Country in Victoria from November 9 to 11.


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Filling the team’s final co-driver slot for the 2018 Supercars season, Tickford Racing has signed veteran David Russell to its roster, completing the four-car, eight-driver lineup that will contest the season’s 16 race events and the Enduro Cup. Russell comes to Tickford Racing with nearly two decades’ worth of experience in Australian motor racing, including co-driver roles in each of the last eight seasons.
“Obviously it’s a fantastic opportunity to join Tickford Racing,” said Russell, who will compete in the Enduro Cup which includes the Sandown 500, Bathurst 1000, and Gold Coast 600 across September and October. “The performance that the team has had in the past and particularly at the end of 2017, winning the Enduro Cup, they’re definitely one of the teams to beat at the moment, so to join the team for 2018 is very exciting. It’s a great opportunity to join a group that’s getting their runs on the board and definitely have fast cars to do the job. The proof’s in the results the past few years and where the team’s at, so obviously it’s good to be a part of it.”


Hailing from Casino, New South Wales, Russell joins Tickford Racing as it attempts to defend its maiden Enduro Cup crown, claimed by Chaz Mostert and Steve Owen in 2017. The 36-year old Russell finalises a band of co-drivers that includes returnees Owen and Dean Canto, as well as James Moffat, who had raced full-time in the series from 2011-2017.

A familiar face on Supercars race weekends, Russell has competed in Supercars and its support categories since the beginning of the millennium, including nine Bathurst 1000 appearances in 31 Supercars starts. Coincidentally, he made his first Supercars start in a Ford Falcon in 2003, competing with Fernández Racing at the Bathurst 1000, and it is not the only reunion afforded by his signing.
“I’ve definitely had some success with the Blue Oval,” Russell added. “Right back to my first start even in what is now Super2. My first win at Bathurst in Supercars was in a Ford in the development series. Funny enough, that car was built by FPR, which obviously is now Tickford Racing, and (Tickford Racing chief engineer) Nathaniel Osbourne was acutally my engineer that weekend, so there’s some really nice alliances there and it will be great to work under him as well and bring our relationships full circle.”
Tickford Racing CEO and team principal Tim Edwards is also excited by the partnership, and looks forward to seeing the experienced Russell brings to the team.
“We are very pleased to have David join our program,” Edwards said. “He’s another veteran to complement our main game lineup which is fairly young. Given his experience and knowledge it shouldn’t take him long to get up to speed, and he should be able to offer helpful insights to all our drivers. Obviously one of our main goals this season is to defend our Enduro Cup win, and David completes a lineup which we believe will give us four pairs of drivers capable of doing that. We’re looking forward to getting the season started, and hopefully we can enjoy more strong results.”
While driver pairings for the Enduro Cup are yet to be finalised, all four co-drivers will partake in portions of Friday's Supercars open test at Sydney Motorsport Park. Enduro Cup pairings will be announced at a later date.

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Monroe Safety Ambassador Mark Winterbottom has lost a potential podium result in a wild finish to the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 held at the Mount Panorama Circuit in NSW over the weekend.

 Winterbottom and co-driver Dean Canto ran a special one-off livery paying tribute to the Moffat Ford Dealers Ford XC Falcons that scored the famed one-two formation finish at Bathurst in 1977.


The iconic blue, red and white livery was a hit with fans and Winterbottom did his bit to show off the colours by qualifying for the top ten shootout and claiming third place on the grid. 


“Obviously, we’re paying tribute to Allan Moffat’s car from 1977, he started third that year and we’re starting third this year,” said Winterbottom.  

“We made good gains with the car between the last practice and the shootout. What hurt us most was that every time we went out, the car was doing something different, but we fixed the brake-locking issues we had been having, so I was pretty happy with that session.

“It’s a long race tomorrow and with the forecast rain it’s anyone’s guess what will happen, so we’ll roll out, give it a crack and see what we can do.”

The rain did arrive just as the cars were lining up on the grid, but the paceof the FG X Falcon didn’t translate into the wet conditions and the entry struggled with Canto dropping down the field during his stints.


Winterbottom took the reins of the Falcon for the final stints and stormed through the field as the track dried up. He climbed into the top five and looked set to challenge for a podium placing as late safety car caution periods closed up the field. 

Winterbottom’s charge came to an end when he lost control of the rear, impacting a barrier on the penultimate lap at Forrest’s Elbow. He was classified in 20th place.

“We ended up back up front at the end there, but we just didn’t have the pace,” said Winterbottom.

“Pretty average day, to be honest. Just the way I finished, that’s the dampener really. One lap to go and I crashed, I don’t know what happened, just lost the rear.

 “I was trying to push on because we didn’t have the pace, but that’s the thing I’m gutted about most. Not the result, just the damage for no reward. Frustrating day.”

 Winterbottom maintains his place in the top then in the 2017 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship standings in seventh place, 760 points adrift of leader Fabian Coulthard. 


The next event on the calendar is the Vodafone Gold Coast 600 on the streets of Surfers Paradise in Queensland from October 20 to 22, where the Pirtek Endurance Cup concludes.




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Dayco Ambassador David Russell has competed in his fifth consecutive Bathurst 1000 with the Nissan Motorsport Supercar team, forming the only male and female driving team at Australia’s great race joining Swiss racer Simona de Silvestro.

Sadly the race ended in major disappointment for the Dayco racer, when co-driver de Silvestro spun and crashed heavily on entry to the Bathurst pit straight with just nine laps to go. Russell and de Silvestro were on target to become the first male and female driver combination in the history of the great race to finish inside the top ten.

As has been the case with many of Russell’s Bathurst Supercar co-driving efforts, his pace throughout the weekend was amongst the fastest in the co-driver field, the accident ending a potential top six finish at this gruelling event.

“Firstly I am glad that Simona emerged from the crash uninjured – it was a very big hit. We worked brilliantly together throughout our Bathurst campaign and we were on track for a history making result, so naturally I’m very disappointed. We had a good car and the team worked hard all weekend, but we missed out this year. Onto the Gold Coast 600, a street circuit where I have enjoyed race wins and podium results in the past in two weeks time,” Russell said.     

Starting from 23rd on the grid in wet conditions, de Silvestro and Russell immediately progressed through the field with de Silvestro handing the car to the Dayco racer on lap 24 in 8th position. Russell then double stinted, continuing the Nissan Motorsport team’s progress through the field to return the car to de Silvestro in 7th position on lap 75 of 161.

Russell completed another double stint in highly challenging track conditions, setting consistently fast laps and overtaking several competitors to be placed as the top Nissan driver in the field by lap 111. He then handed the Nissan Altima Supercar back to his co-driver within the top ten for the run to the finish line.

Disaster struck on lap 152 when de Silvestro clipped the kerbing on the exit of Murray’s corner, setting her Nissan into a spin and suffering a very heavy impact with the pit straight concrete wall. Fortunately the ex IndyCar, International Formula 3  and Formula E driver escaped injury.

"It was good to show what we're capable of. But I messed up and that's pretty hard to get over. The guys worked hard all weekend and put me in that position. So it's frustraing to end the weekend with a silly mistake,” Simona de Silvestro said.

“The team made some pretty good calls as well as some pretty hairy calls when it was wet. There haven't been many races in the wet this year, but around this place it becomes even more of a handful. Things change so quickly out there and driving on slicks was a whole new challenge. I learned a lot and really enjoyed driving with David," de Silvestro added.


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The Penrite Erebus Motorsport Holden VF Commodore of David Reynolds and Luke Youlden has claimed a sensational victory in the 2017 Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 at Mount Panorama.

Reynolds and Youlden kept out of trouble at a wet and wild 2017 edition of the great race for their and the Erebus team’s maiden win in the Bathurst 1000, with a special “Australian Made and Owned” themed Penrite livery for the occasion.

The race was hit by a heavy downpour from the start with the famed 6.2 kilometre Mount Panorama Circuit only drying during the latter stages. However, a late rain shower threw a curveball into the mix, as several of the leading contenders fell by the wayside.

Reynolds, though, held his nerve through late-race safety cars and challengers from behind for a memorable victory. 

“I have got nothing left to give, I am absolutely spent,” said Reynolds. “My crew was faultless, it was just a perfect day, so good. I was struggling to hold in the tears during the last couple of laps but I thought I had it under control.”

It was also Youlden’s first win from a career high of 18 Bathurst 1000 starts, despite the fact the driver-trainer doesn’t race in any other categories throughout the rest of the year.

“For a bloke who races once a year he’s not bad!” Reynolds said of Youlden.

“We have had this same core team for a while now, I love this sport and I love my job in working with them. It just makes it so enjoyable.

“I have been wanting to pay them back but we haven’t had a lot of luck, so this is now the icing on the cake.”

This resounding victory also co-incides with Penrite being the official lubricant of the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 for the first time.

The Penrite Erebus Commodore is back on track at the Vodafone Gold Coast 600 on the streets of Surfers Paradise in Queensland from October 20 to 22.


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The traditional start of the Supercars Championship endurance racing season is the Sandown 500. The Melbourne motor racing event held every September has a rich history as the curtain raiser to the nation’s biggest motorsport event, the Bathurst 1000. This event unveils the form of each team’s two-driver enduro combinations for the first time each season.  

The Sandown 500 is also widely popular as it is the Supercars’ Retro Round, where the teams present their cars and team personnel in livery designs that reflect the style of the sport from decades past. Penrite ensured that the Erebus Motorsport Supercar team with season racer David Reynolds and highly experienced endurance race co-driver Luke Youlden, were in keeping with the retro event theme through two major activations.

Reynolds and Youlden’s Penrite Erebus Commodore Supercar was liveried in a retro white, red and blue livery as were the drivers. To ensure that Penrite gained the highest possible coverage from this event, the Australian company also sponsored the massive Sandown International Circuit Dandenong Road section bridge.

The Bridge was liveried on one side with the current black, red and gold Penrite logo and the other side featured  the red, blue and white retro logo. Both sides of the bridge gained outstanding national television coverage throughout the Sandown 500 race weekend.

Of great importance to the 100% family owned company was to use this historic Australian retro-themed motorsport event to highlight the 91 year history of this very proudly Australian oil company.

From humble beginnings in 1926, Les Mecoles, at the age of just 16, founded the Penrite Oil Company from his parents’ home in the Melbourne suburb of St.Kilda. His oil blends were manufactured from the highest quality lubricants available at the time from Pennsylvania (PEN) base stocks. Only the right oils (RITE) would ever be sold to his local customers, hence came the name PENRITE, with its unique name gaining wide trust and respect for its quality.

The Dymond family took over Penrite’s operations in 1979. Since then, they have proudly continued the company tradition of manufacturing premium quality lubricant products specifically for Australian motoring conditions.

The Penrite Racing range of lubricant products can also be found aboard the Erebus Racing #9 Supercar of David Reynolds - the EXACT same lubricants that motorists and repairers can purchase themselves. There is no difference whatsoever, despite the extremely punishing engine and drive train demands of Supercar racing.

These engine demands are particularly heavy at endurance events like the Sandown 500, the Bathurst 1000 and the Gold Coast 600. Penrite 10 Tenths Racing 5 is used for David’s engine , 10 Tenths non-glycol racing coolant for optimum thermal engine management and the Penrite Pro Gear range is protecting the gearbox and rear end of his Supercar. David’s brakes make use of Penrite Racing brake fluid, which is rated at over 600F.

Everything the Penrite Supercar runs on is available on the shelf at your nearest Penrite stockist, making this the only team in the Supercars pit lane that doesn’t use special blends. This major national Penrite consumer exposure continues at Mount Panorama from October 6 to 8 as Penrite is also the official lubricant partner for the nation’s greatest motor race, the Bathurst 1000.


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Australia’s preferred supplier of parts, tools and equipment to the automotive trade, Burson Auto Parts, has joined forces with one of this country’s most popular motor racing series, the Touring Car Masters (TCM).

Burson Auto Parts has become a presentation sponsor of this loud, spectacular and always exciting motor racing series. The TCM championship brings back the muscle cars of yesteryear at major motorsport events around the country.

Founded in 2007, TCM is more a ‘retro’ series than pure historic racing, combining old-school cars with lots of horsepower and minimal grip with modern components. This ensures high levels of safety, reliability and close competition on show at every round. 

Incredible cars like the Holden Torana A9X, AMC Javelin, Ford Mustang Coupe, Chevrolet Camaro and Ford Falcon GTHO appeal both to older fans who grew up with the machinery -  and a new generation of fans who can experience the way the sport once was.

Meanwhile, racing legends like Jim Richards and John Bowe go head to head against a big field of talented drivers who create thrilling racing at every turn.

The Burson Auto Parts logo will be visible on the front and rear number plate positions, along with placements on the front guards and on top of the rear spoilers of all TCM cars competing in the 2017 championship.

According to Burson Auto Parts General Manager of Sales and Marketing, Damien Hill, aligning this major Australian automotive aftermarket company with such a well-known and respected motor racing series represents an excellent opportunity.

 “The Touring Car Masters is renowned for the quality of the cars, the skill of its drivers and the exciting racing that finds many of these priceless machines being raced as hard as they will go at events all over the country. The appeal that this retro racing series has within the automotive trade and with car enthusiasts is remarkable. We couldn’t be happier to add TCM to our marketing program for 2017,” Mr Hill stated.

 Burson Auto Parts’ involvement is also a great fit for the TCM Series according to Category Manager, Tony Hunter.

“We are pleased to welcome Burson Auto Parts to the Touring Car Masters Series,” he said.

“Touring car Masters appeals to a huge range of motor racing fans, both old and new. Our exciting style of racing, accessible drivers and incredible cars ensure that we put on a great show all around Australia.

“We are looking forward to working closely with the team at Burson Auto Parts to showcase our racing to their customers across the country,” Tony added.


The 2017 Touring Car Masters Series will continue alongside the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship at Winton Motor Raceway this May 19-21, followed by trips to Darwin (June 16-18), Queensland Raceway (July 28-30), the Sandown 500 in Melbourne (September 15-17), the Bathurst 1000 (October 5-8) and at the inaugural Newcastle 500 (November 24-26) for the season finale.


The TCM Series is the newest addition to a multi-tiered Burson Auto Parts motorsport based marketing program for 2017 that includes several exciting motor racing platforms. These include the major sponsorship of champion driver Paul Dumbrell’s Supercar in the 2017 Super2 Series, along with the Australian company’s sponsorship of grass roots level motorsport through the CAMS Future Star Awards and the Australian Formula 4 Championship.

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Iconic Australian family owned and manufactured company, Penrite Oil, will be the official Oil and Lubricant Partner of the Supercars 2017 Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000.

Today Penrite Oil announced it would partner with the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship as the official Oil and Lubricants partner of the biggest motor race in the country.

Supercars Australia Managing Director Matt Braid said the commitment from Penrite Oil continues the success of the sport in bringing on new Championship and event partners.

“Penrite Oil has a strong pedigree in motorsport and has provided unwavering support of Australian-based teams, drivers and organisations from a raft motorsport disciplines over the past 90 years,” Braid said.

“As a company entrenched in Supercars it is a logical step to add the biggest race in Australia’s biggest category to its brand portfolio.”

Penrite Oil General Manager Toby Dymond said the event is a perfect fit for the homegrown Australian company.

“The Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 is the biggest motor racing event in Australia and to be partnering with Supercars to be the official Oil and Lubricant Partner is something we are very proud of,” Dymond said.

“Penrite Oil is a premium quality Australian made, family owned and operated business producing the best locally manufactured products, while also investing heavily in Australian jobs.

“This partnership allows us to showcase our industry-leading Enviro Box™ for packaging and dispensing lubricant to an audience of over three million Australians who tune in to watch the biggest event on the Supercars calendar.”

Penrite Director of Motorsport Jarrod Harding added “The Bathurst 1000 remains the pinnacle of sporting endurance racing in Australia. It’s a place where motoring heroes and villains are born. What better place to showcase the strength and performance of our Racing range.” 

“Penrite Oil has enjoyed a rich history in Australian motor racing and continuing this in an official capacity with one of the greatest touring car events in the world is an exciting time for our organisation, Supercars and the fans.”

The Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 takes place from October 5-8, 2017. Tickets are now available through Ticketek.


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Dayco is proud to announce another major season of motorsport for the world renowned engine belt, thermal and engine components manufacturer and marketer in 2017.

Focussing on three of the most exciting motor racing categories in Australia, the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship, the Australian GT Championship and the Victorian Tarmac Rally Championship, Dayco Australia’s motorsport program ensures year round Dayco exposure across Australia, New Zealand and beyond.

Leading the Dayco Australia motorsport program is accomplished international GT racer and highly experienced Supercar enduro driver, David Russell, who takes his ambassadorship role with Dayco to a fifth consecutive year in 2017. 

“Dayco Dave” will be competing in selected GT events held in Australia, New Zealand and in Europe during the year, while once again joining the Nissan Motorsport Supercar team, also for a fifth consecutive year as one of the team’s endurance race co-drivers. 

Dayco continues its successful long term marketing alliance with the Nissan Motorsport Supercar team, but with a distinct difference for 2017. The global company becomes a part of Australian motorsport history as it joins the first ever full time female Supercar driver, Simona de Silvestro. The Swiss racer enters Supercars with superb international racing credentials that include major open wheeler success both in Europe and in the United States.

The former IndyCar racer, who is one of only three women to have ever stepped on to an IndyCar podium, has already impressed many with her debut solo supercar performances this season.  

Dayco Ambassador David Russell will be co-driving with Simona de Silvestro at the Sandown 500, the Bathurst 1000 and the Gold Coast 600 Supercar Season of Endurance races from September to late October 2017 with the Nissan Motorsport team, one of only two factory supported racing teams in the category. Russell will also be taking part in team test days and race event practice sessions during the season.

Off the racing circuits and onto the Tarmac Rally events of Victoria and Dayco will also be seen adorning the Mitsubishi Evo6 of successful Victorian racer Alan Roe and co-driver Michael Lloyd at selected tarmac rally events during 2017.  Roe and Lloyd have displayed top three outright pace at many major events in the past and the duo are no strangers to gaining stage and outright victories with their speed, precision and attention to detail. This is the third season of Dayco’s proud association with the Shepparton (VIC) based tarmac racing specialist team.

According to Dayco Australia Marketing Director, David McClurg, Dayco has once again established a strong and broad reaching motorsport marketing program for 2017.

“It is fantastic to continue our involvement with Nissan Motorsport in 2017. We have been with the team since it entered Supercars and we couldn’t be more pleased to be a part of Australian motorsport history by joining Simona de Silvestro in her debut full time season. Knowing how fast our ambassador David Russell is, we are looking forward to seeing what this unique combination can achieve at Sandown, Bathurst and the Gold Coast,” He stated.  

“Our GT involvement with David always delivers outstanding results both locally and internationally and the Alan Roe Tarmac Rally team always punch well above their weight in every event they take part in,” He added.

Dayco has already enjoyed success in 2017 with David Russell and Roger Lago racing their Lamborghini R-EX to 6th place overall in the opening Intercontinental GT Championship round, the Bathurst 12 Hour held in February. The talented duo also raced to second place at the Australian Grand Prix GT Championship round held in March.


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Dayco Australia ambassador and international GT and Supercar driver David Russell has teamed with Roger Lago to finish second in the 2017 Australian Grand Prix GT Championship round held at Melbourne’s Albert Park Street Circuit from March 23 to 26.

Comprising of two qualifying sessions and four closely fought sprint races, Russell and Lago once again proved what a formidable combination they are with their JBS Australia Lamborghini R-EX after gaining a top six finish together at the Bathurst 12 Hour GT enduro in February.

Sharing the qualifying and race driving duties over the hectic Grand Prix weekend, the Dayco racer qualified 4th in Thursday’s opening GT session, with Lago qualifying second in his session, just 2/100ths of a second behind Mercedes-Benz powered polesetter, Max Twigg.

Russell muscled his Lamborghini to 4th in Thursday’s first GT sprint race, despite having a clear top speed deficit to the Audi R8 LMS drivers who took the top three positions. Lago raced to a superb victory in Friday’s second GT sprint race, finishing four seconds clear of McLaren driver Fraser Ross.

Dayco Dave stepped back into the Lamborghini for Saturday’s third race, racing to the podium in a fighting third place, his being the only Lamborghini in the top six. His and Lago’s efforts earned the duo the points lead for the round, with the final Sunday race remaining.

Lago took to the wheel from pole position in Sunday’s fourth GT sprint, taking the early race lead, but losing out to the hard charging Liam Talbot and Max Twigg after the first of two lengthy safety car periods for the race following two major accidents further back in the field. This saw Lago in third position until the final lap when he lost a spot to the hard charging Geoff Emery, scoring the second fourth place of his and Russell’s AGP weekend.

“While we are disappointed not to have won the round after coming so close, it has been a great weekend here in Melbourne, we have proven that our older-spec car can still mix it up with the  best despite the obvious pace deficit that we have to the Audi’s. Roger and I supported each other well and the team did a great job with the car, ensuring that we were so consistent throughout each of the races. It has been fantastic to race at the Grand Prix again, the Albert Park Street Circuit is fun to drive and I enjoyed the race battles throughout the weekend.”


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Burson Auto Parts has celebrated the Australian company’s maiden marketing venture into Supercars with a dominating performance at the opening round of the 2017 Dunlop Super2 Series at the Clipsal 500 held from March 3 to 5 in Adelaide.

The Australian automotive trade’s preferred supplier of parts, tools and equipment for more than 45 years has teamed up with the company’s Chief Operating Officer - Specialist Wholesale and highly experienced Supercar driver Paul Dumbrell as primary sponsor of his Commodore in the second tier category of Australia’s premier motor racing series.

Thanks to Dumbrell’s outstanding efforts behind the wheel, Burson Auto Parts’ dream debut in Supercars delivered a pole position, two race wins and one second place finish - along with the opening 2017 Dunlop Super2 Series overall round victory.

“It was fantastic to have such a successful opening round with Burson Auto Parts on my car,” Paul said.

“The car was on the pace from the moment it rolled out of the truck and given how competitive the Dunlop Super2 Series is, I was surprised with how we almost completely clean swept the round. It is going to be a great season and I look forward to ensuring that Burson Auto Parts is leading the way, both on the track and in the boardroom.

“Monday morning executive team meetings are always better after a successful round on the track!”  He added.

This is the first time that Burson Auto Parts has formed a marketing alliance with a Supercar team and driver.

Burson Auto Parts’ General Manager of Sales and Marketing, Damien Hill, is delighted with the new 270kph plus billboard for the highly successful automotive parts, tools and equipment supplier, that now includes 156 company owned stores nationwide.

“It is great that we have gained a premier Burson Auto Parts sports marketing platform provided to us by one of our team members, who also happens to be a top flight Supercar driver,” Damien stated.

“Paul was nothing short of superb in the Clipsal 500 opening round, there wouldn’t have been too many people at the event or watching on live national television that did not see the Burson Auto Parts Commodore gain pole position, two wins, a second place and the overall round victory – what a great start! We look forward to an exciting Dunlop Super2 season ahead and to maximising our trade leading brand’s involvement,” He added.

The 2017 Dunlop Super2 Series consists of eight events run in conjunction with the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship from March to November. It is renowned as a successful proving ground for up and coming Supercar drivers and, as is the case for Dumbrell, for main Series Supercar endurance race co-drivers to stay on the pace and sharp all season.

You can follow the progress of the Burson Auto Parts Commodore at the following events during the 2017 season with all Dunlop Super2 Series races broadcast live on Foxsports, with selected rounds also broadcast on Network Ten.


R1 Mar 3-5   Adelaide, Adelaide Parklands Street Circuit, SA

R2 April 7-9  Tasmania SuperSprint - Symmons Plains Raceway, TAS

R3 April 21-23  Phillip Island SuperSprint - Phillip Island GP Circuit, VIC

R4 July 7-9  Townsville 400  - Reid Park Street Circuit, QLD

R5 Aug 18-20  Sydney SuperSprint - Sydney Motorsport Park, NSW

R6 Sept 15-17  Sandown 500 - Sandown Raceway, VIC

Non-Championship - Oct 5-8  Bathurst 1000 - Mount Panorama, NSW

R7 Nov 24-26  Newcastle 500 - Newcastle Street Circuit, NSW


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EXEDY, one of the world’s largest clutch manufacturers, is taking the company’s No 1 for Clutch message to the racing circuits of Australia in 2017 aligned with the number one Dunlop Super2 Series (formerly the Dunlop Supercar Series) car and driver, Garry Jacobson.

EXEDY first joined this exciting young Supercar driver at the title deciding final round of last season at Sydney Olympic Park.  EXEDY now returns to the newly crowned number one Dunlop Super2 Series car and driver, Garry Jacobson for what is sure to be an exciting new season.

EXEDY logos appear across the front and rear of Jacobson’s PRA Falcon FG-X Supercar promoting the company’s leading range of aftermarket clutch kits and components for Australian and New Zealand automotive repairers, along with high performance clutches for drifting and circuit racing enthusiasts. The premium EXEDY Racing Clutch range will also be promoted on the car during the season with EXEDY Racing Clutch logos also appearing on Jacobson’s racing overalls and on team merchandise during the 2017 season.

The eight event 2017 Dunlop Super2 Series gets underway at the spectacular Clipsal 500 season opener on the streets of Adelaide in March. The series then visits Tasmania, Victoria, Queensland and New South Wales through to late November, with all Dunlop Super2 Series events held in conjunction with 2017 Virgin Australia Supercar Series events.

According to EXEDY General Manager Kabel Davis, the company is excited about the season ahead given Jacobson’s outstanding performance behind the wheel last season. “Garry Jacobson returns to the Dunlop Super2 Series to defend his well-earned championship this season and all of us at EXEDY are proud to be supporting him as he aims to achieve back to back titles. Garry is ready to take on all challengers in the number one PRA Falcon, making this a perfect fit with EXEDY being the number one choice for OE Replacement, high performance, racing and heavy transport clutches,” Mr Davis stated.

Jacobson is thrilled to welcome EXEDY aboard for his 2017 Dunlop Super2 Series campaign. “It is great to have a multi-national market leading automotive company in EXEDY on board for 2017 after we enjoyed a fantastic first round together at last year’s Sydney 500, my Dunlop Super2 Series title winning event.

“I believe that it was my consistency that won the title last season, so that will be the goal this year, to be as fast and consistent as I can at every round. I feel that I have more speed in me this year and I will need it, as it sure to be highly competitive field. The team is pumped for success so we can’t wait to get back to the business of racing at the Clipsal 500 and over the entire season,” he said.

In a further development for the EXEDY sponsored driver in 2017, Jacobson has been announced as endurance race co-driver with double Bathurst 1000 champion driver Jason Bright in the Mega Fuels PRA Falcon.  Jacobson will be making his main Supercars series endurance racing debut at this year’s Sandown 500 in September, along with the Bathurst 1000 and Gold Coast 600 in October.


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The first major international event of the 2017 Australian motor racing season took place on the weekend of February 4 and 5, the Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour GT endurance race.

Held at the majestic Mount Panorama circuit, this was the opening round of the 2017 Intercontinental GT Series. This year’s event saw the largest ever field take part, with all of the usual drama that goes with trying to win this classic 12 hour, multi-driver event.

This race also marked the start of Dayco Australia’s 2017 motorsport program, with long term brand ambassador and one of the fastest GT drivers in the country, David Russell, joining forces once again with JBS Australia Lamborghini R-EX team owner and driver Roger Lago, along with experienced racer Steve Owen to take on the might of the world’s largest factory GT teams.

Piloting the same Lamborghini Gallardo R-EX that Russell muscled to pole position and raced to victory with Lago at the Highlands 101 GT endurance race in New Zealand last December, the Dayco racer and his team mates qualified 13th and raced to 6th overall in the Bathurst 12 Hour, earning them 2nd place in the Pro-Am Class of the event.

The Lamborghini trio competed well within the top ten for the vast majority of the 12 hour race. The independent Australian team managing to consistently outpace and out-race several of the major international factory GT teams to earn their top six finish, despite having to serve a pit lane drive through penalty and being hit and spun off the circuit during the final hour, costing a potential top five finish.

The Dayco sponsored driver was very pleased with the team’s hard fought result at one of the world’s most iconic GT races.

“The team worked brilliantly all weekend and we developed a fantastic car for the race. All three drivers maintained a strong pace all day and we proved to be faster, more reliable and had a fantastic race strategy that saw us well ahead of many of the major international factory GT teams all day. It was a shame to be hit in the rear during the closing stage, as we were in the hunt to win the Pro-Am class and I reduced our deficit to ten seconds when Matt Campbell hit and spun me around in the final hour. Despite this, we still finished 6th overall and second in our class, a very satisfying result for our small, but super high performing team,” David Russell stated.

Russell, competing in his fourth season as a Dayco ambassador, is one of the country’s fastest and most versatile motor racing drivers, competing in premier level GT racing both in Australia and abroad each year, along with being a regular Supercar endurance race driver of choice. Russell has competed in Supercars with the factory Nissan team over the past four seasons. Russell has also raced at the front of the field in Porsche Carrera Cup and the Dunlop Supercars Series during his career.


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Australia’s market leading replacement shock absorber and ride performance product manufacturer, Monroe, proudly enters its seventh consecutive year with Safety Ambassador and frontline Supercar driver Mark “Frosty” Winterbottom.

Without a doubt one of the most popular and successful drivers competing in Australia’s premier motor racing category, this long term partnership continues to effectively promote the Monroe brand and its synonymous link with the promotion of safer motoring.

Winterbottom, 35, won his maiden Supercars Championship in 2015 and finished sixth in last year’s highly competitive title fight. The Monroe Safety Ambassador has not finished outside of the Supercars top six across the past twelve seasons, making him one of the most successful and exciting Supercar drivers of his generation.

The Monroe logo will once again be emblazoned across the chin area and rear centre of Winterbottom’s race helmet – his most important item of safety equipment, while also appearing on his race gear.

Winterbottom will continue to play a major role in Monroe Australia’s marketing activities in 2017. The Prodrive Racing Australia Supercar driver has already assisted the company with the introduction of the Monroe Drive Safe initiative. He has produced a number of video messages that appear on his highly popular social media channels that reach hundreds of thousands of motorists.

According to Monroe Australia marketing manager, Brydon Tweddell, the long term alliance between Australia’s market leading ride performance product brand and one of Australia’s leading racing drivers continues to be highly effective in communicating Monroe’s Australian manufactured product quality and road safety awareness campaigns.

“We are very pleased to take our involvement with Mark Winterbottom to a seventh season in 2017. His efforts both on and off the circuit single him out as an ambassador of choice, while his genuine commitment to promoting road safety aligns perfectly with everything that the Monroe brand represents,” Brydon stated.

“Our association is stronger than ever and we wish Mark an outstanding season ahead - he continues to be one the most fiercely competitive drivers in the field,” He added.

This is also an association that the Prodrive Racing Australia racer clearly enjoys being an intrinsic part of.

“It is excellent to continue my long term ambassadorship with Monroe into our seventh season together. I enjoy doing all I can to assist the company in promoting their road safety messages, while also meeting many Monroe customers across the country each year,” Mark stated.

“While last season didn’t go to plan, I have no doubt that we have the team and the car to run at the front this season and I am super-motivated to win races and gain podiums this year, starting with Monroe’s home city race, the Clipsal 500 in Adelaide,” He added.  

The 2017 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship Series comprises of 14 points earning rounds covering every state of Australia with one event in New Zealand. As in past seasons, there will be one non-Championship event at the Rolex Australian Formula One Grand Prix. A new addition to the 2017 Championship is the Newcastle 500, featuring a seaside street circuit. This event slots in as the series’ final round in late November. 


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Prodrive Racing Australia (PRA) FG-X Falcon driver Garry Jacobson has raced to his first Dunlop Supercars Championship Series title after gaining two fifth places at the seventh and final round held at the Sydney Olympic Park street circuit over the weekend.

The 24 year old racer from Shepparton (VIC) was ecstatic to finally achieve this career goal in his third Dunlop Series season. Jacobson scored four race wins, three overall round victories and six pole positions during the season, providing the PRA team with back to back Dunlop Supercar Series titles.

“It's an absolutely amazing feeling to win the Dunlop Supercar Series Championship. I can't thank all of my sponsors, family, friends and the team enough. I'm really proud that they've been with me for this journey and that we've been able to achieve this,” Jacobson said.

“I've learned so much this year being with this team. Being involved with PRA for the first time and racing against Jack Le Brocq toe to toe, always pushing me outside of my comfort zone was a wonderful opportunity to learn and I am really happy with the results. While I was racing conservatively to win the championship, gaining the final pole position of the season was very satisfying - a great way to cap off a hard fought and very fast paced season,” He added.

Sunday’s drama filled 17 lap race saw Le Brocq and GRM’s James Golding set off on strong starts, but a major accident on the opening lap involving Anton De Pasquale, Macauley Jones, Kurt Kostecki, Matt Chahda and Adam Marjoram caused a lengthy safety car caution period. Once the race was re-stared, Jacobson maintained a strong and consistent pace to hold off the advances from Jones, securing a top five finish.

The Sydney showdown started strongly for Jacobson, setting the fastest lap of Friday’s opening practice session around the 3.4km street circuit. After making some set-up changes for the second practice session aimed towards achieving a strong race car,  the focus was then directed to Saturday morning’s short 15 minute qualifying session. Jacobson set the third fastest lap of that session, giving him a second row start.

Saturday’s hectic 17 lap race saw Jacobson pursued by James Golding and Bryce Fullwood, swapping positions and even making slight contact during the mid-stages of the race. Jacobson finished the race in fifth place, securing enough points to ensure that as long as he finished the second and final race of the season, Jacobson would claim his maiden Dunlop Supercars Series title.

Having secured the 2016 Dunlop Supercar Series title, there was no hiding of emotion from the popular Victorian race driver, who had overcome significant set-backs during his career to make it to this major point of his career. In a gesture to recognise the efforts of his talented race engineer Dave Patterson, the two climbed onto the roof of Jacobson’s PRA Falcon to celebrate this team victory.

At the conclusion of the seven Dunlop Supercar Series rounds for 2016, Jacobson earned 1738 points, finishing 88 points clear of his PRA team mate Jack LeBrocq (1650) and 320 points ahead of third placed Todd Hazelwood.

Jacobson achieved this outstanding result with new partners EXEDY, one of the world’s leading original equipment and aftermarket clutch manufacturers, along with Ultra Air, who joined valued season partners Challenger Valves and Actuators, McQuinn Electrical, MGA Insurance, Bike Gallery and Performance Health Care on this exciting motorsport journey.


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One of the world’s leading Original Equipment and Aftermarket manufacturers of automotive transmission and drivetrain products, EXEDY, is pleased to announce the company’s sponsorship of the 2016 Dunlop Supercar Series leader, Garry Jacobson at the final, title deciding round of the series.

EXEDY is the world’s largest Original Equipment clutch manufacturer for Japanese vehicles while also being a major Original Equipment supplier to Ford, General Motors, VW, Daimler and others. Locally, EXEDY is the leading brand of clutch kits and components for Australian and New Zealand automotive repairers, along with drifting and racing enthusiasts who are all supplied via a national network of key distributors.

The core of the EXEDY range is the OEM replacement clutch kit with the popular “5 Bit Kit” as the flagship product comprising everything a repairer needs to complete a clutch replacement properly. Complementing the range are performance products to suit lightly modified vehicles, vehicles used for towing or other situations which cause load on the drivetrain, 4WD applications, Racing Clutches as well as clutches for Truck and Agricultural applications.

EXEDY will be using the Dunlop Supercar Series to promote the company’s premium quality EXEDY Racing Clutch range along with their overall range of high performance replacement clutches and components. Signage will appear across the sides and on the front of Jacobson’s Prodrive Racing Australia Falcon FG-X and on Jacobson’s helmet at the Sydney 500 to be held from December 2 to 4.

EXEDY Australia Director and General Manager Kabel Davis is very pleased to be supporting the 24 year old Shepparton based Supercar driver in his challenge to win his first Dunlop Supercar Series title at the Sydney 500 next weekend.

“I have been keeping an eye on the Dunlop Supercar Series this season and the racing at the front of the field has been nothing short of sensational,” Mr Davis stated.

“The opportunity to partner the EXEDY brand with a driver of Garry Jacobson’s talent at such an important and pivotal time of his career is one that we are looking forward to immensely. 

“There is no doubt that Garry is one of the major success stories of the 2016 season and we hope that our ‘Number One in Clutch’ slogan will be replicated with Garry earning the coveted number one champion’s plate after the Sydney 500,” Mr Davis added.

 For Jacobson, this partnership with EXEDY represents his first sponsorship involvement with a major global brand. 

“It is incredibly exciting to welcome EXEDY as a personal sponsor for the Sydney 500, which has all the makings of a thrilling Dunlop Supercar Series grand final, considering what the racing has been like this season.

“It is also humbling to have been selected by a company that is also a globally renowned brand in the automotive industry. I look forward to making everyone at EXEDY along with their huge auto trade and high performance customer base both here and abroad very proud,” Jacobson said. 

Jacobson heads to the seventh and final 2016 Dunlop Supercars Series round at Sydney Olympic Park next weekend with a 166 point lead ahead of his Prodrive Racing Australia team mate, Jack LeBrocq and with a 300 point buffer to third placed Paul Dumbrell.

EXEDY will be joined at the Sydney 500 by an additional new Garry Jacobson sponsor in Ultra Air, who are also warmly welcomed to the championship finale on board the number 6 Challenger Valve Racing PRA FG-X Falcon.

Garry would not be challenging for the Dunlop Supercar Series title in Sydney without the season long support of his loyal sponsor group;  Challenger Valves and Actuators, MGA Insurance, Bike Gallery, Performance Health Care and McQuinn Electrical. 


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The Dayco Rally Team duo of Alan Roe and Michael Lloyd have gained another major podium finish in the 2016 Targa High Country tarmac rally, held at Victoria’s Mount Buller from November 4 to 6.

The road to the Mount Buller summit represents one of the most exciting hill climb courses in Australia, leading to many other challenging and exciting rally stages across three exciting days of racing.  This year’s event saw almost 200 entries complete three event legs totalling 920 km of competition across several vehicle categories.

Piloting the Dayco Mitsubishi Evo 6, the defending Targa High Country winners displayed the pace that saw them compete within the top three for most of this year’s Targa Tasmania from the start. The Victorian team set the fastest times on some of the rougher stages that particularly suited the car and Roe’s driving style. After a long day of competition, the race to the Mount Buller summit saw the Dayco duo placed 12 seconds behind the lead car at second place outright and well into the lead of the Early Modern Class.

The second day of Targa High Country action started with a very wet run down the mountain, the treacherous conditions warranting conservative driving. This was followed by faster stages as they raced towards the township of Mansfield for an exciting race around the town’s special street stage. This is a part of the event that the locals get to enjoy, watching high powered rally cars and their talented drivers strutting their skilful stuff right in the middle of town. Roe and Lloyd ended the day fighting for second outright against the Dodge Viper of rival Mike Prichard and Nathan Walker while Porsche 911 racers Matt Close and co-driver Cameron Reeves continued to lead.

The third and final day of the event was the busiest, starting with a quick trip down Mount Buller, now with only seven seconds separating the Dodge Viper and the Dayco Evo. The longest stages of the event came next between the towns of Jamieson and Eildon, including a short blast at the top of the Skyline Road. The field then retraced their steps back to Mount Buller for a final flat out race to the summit and the finish line.

Roe and Lloyd finished Targa High Country in third place overall, with the win going to Matt Close and Cameron Reeves in their Porsche 911 GT3 and second place going to Tasmanians Mike Prichard and Nathan Walker in their Dodge Viper ACR.

Roe and Lloyd’s result ensured that the Dayco duo took out the Early Modern Class category victory spoils for the second year in a row at this exciting tarmac rally event.

“We had a great time at Targa High Country and it was awesome to race our Dayco Evo 6 against much newer and considerably more powerful competitors for outright honours. The stages were challenging and the car ran perfectly throughout. Winning the Early Modern Class at Mount Buller was also a great reward for the effort put in by our small but highly competitive team,” Alan Roe said. 


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Dayco Ambassador David Russell has once again provided an impressive example of his status as one of Australasia’s most versatile racing drivers by dominating practice, qualifying and the top ten shootout at the Hampton Downs 101 Australian GT Endurance Championship round held over the weekend in New Zealand.

Joining long term Australian and international GT racing partner and JBS Australia team owner Roger Lago, Russell set the lap times to beat throughout practice and in qualifying with his fastest top ten shoot-out lap. The Lamborghini duo then raced to a superb victory, overcoming a pit lane drive through penalty through consistent pace, racecraft and the assistance of a late race Safety Car period. Russell gained the race lead just three laps from the end of the 101 lap GT enduro, ensuring a highly exciting finish to the inaugural Hampton Downs 101.

This outstanding result comes just one week after Russell stepped out of his factory Nissan Motorsport Supercar at the Gold Coast 600 street race, were he and Dale Wood raced to top Nissan honours at 7th in the opening Surfers Paradise race. This was one of two top ten finishes for Russell in the three Supercar endurance rounds of the 2016 season, the other being at the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000.

“This was a dream weekend for us. On top in practice, setting the pace to beat in qualifying and taking the top ten shoot-out and pole - then working hard to get The inaugural Hampton Downs 101 race win on our pace and team work against cars that we know are faster. Even a drive through penalty couldn’t hold us back today, no one was going to take this win from us!” Russell said after the race.  

“Roger drove a great race, making up some ground and giving me back the car I needed to push hard for the win. We have had an unlucky first couple of rounds in the Australian GT Endurance Championship this season, but today proved without doubt that our small and dedicated team is more than capable of winning. We will take this momentum and confidence to Highlands to try and score a trans-Tasman double in two weeks’ time,” Russell added.

Russell and Lago finished the Hampton Downs 101 four seconds clear of second placed John Martin/Duvashen Padayachee in their Walkinshaw Porsche and the Tekno Autosports McLaren of Nathan Morcom and Grant Denyer.


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Shepparton based racing driver Garry Jacobson has delivered another dominating performance at the final round of the Kumho V8 Touring Car Series at Sydney Motorsport Park over the weekend.

After easily topping practice, then setting yet another new qualifying record lap for the series, the 24 year old racer gained his fourth consecutive pole position (top qualifying result) in a row with the inclusion of his championship leading Dunlop Supercar Series performances this season.

Driving the McQuinn Electrical sponsored MW Motorsport FG Falcon, Jacobson transferred his qualifying speed into outstanding race pace to win unchallenged in the opening race from the lights to the flag, scoring his fourth consecutive victory in the series.

Sunday’s second race of this grand final Khumo V8 Touring Car Series round saw Jacobson finish second after a slow start. This was the only negative to a weekend that saw him earn back to back round victories following the Shepparton based racer’s impressive win of the third and final race of the round.

“A great round and fantastic to get back into the McQuinn Electrical Falcon and set the pace in practice and qualifying. Coming away from this second Khumo V8 Touring Car Series round with pole, two wins and a second place is pretty fantastic. The MW Motorsport team didn’t miss a beat all weekend, there was some great racing out there, making it great preparation ahead of the final Dunlop Supercar Series round next month,” Jacobson said.

Jacobson will  be back behind the wheel for what will be the most important race event of his career to date, the final round of the 2016 Dunlop Supercar Series at Sydney Olympic Park from December 2-4. Jacobson heads to that championship deciding round with a strong 166 point lead in the title fight.


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October 23, 2016 - Dayco Australia Ambassador David Russell has wrapped up his Pirtek Endurance Cup campaign with the factory Nissan Motorsport Supercars team by racing to another top ten finish at the Castrol Gold Coast 600 on the streets of Surfers Paradise.

Once again teamed with Dale Wood in the #96 GB Galvanising Nissan Altima, Russell started the first 300km race from 20th place and avoided carnage around him to climb onto the brink of the top ten.

“There’s always trouble brewing on the Gold Coast street circuit and I was able to place the car in the right places when a few things went wrong,” said Russell.

“I made some good passes and was lapping strongly which enabled me to climb up through the field. It was exciting to make up several places during my stint, I was very pleased with it.”

Russell eventually handed the Nissan back to regular season driver Wood who held on to the top ten, gaining a further two positions following a huge crash for Fabian Coulthard and Garth Tander during the closing stages, elevating Wood and Russell to seventh place in the race. This made their #96 entry the top Nissan of the four competing in the Gold Coast 600 field.

“We had the pace but were hamstrung by our grid position, so to gain track position and show that we had one of the quickest cars out there was good for the team,” said Russell.

The Wood-Russell duo started the second 300 kilometre Gold Coast street fight from 25th place on the grid after Wood struggled with the Altima during qualifying, with Ruell again charged with storming through the field.

However, Russell fell victim to the concrete-lined street circuit with the rough and tumble of the opening lap of the race.

“We started the race a lot further back than Saturday and after getting off to a good start I was sizing up early opportunities to make up positions, when along the entry to the back straight everyone just propped up to a complete standstill, at a point where you would be getting onto the power hard,” said Russell.

“I had nowhere to go and impacted the rear of Cameron McConville’s car, which then speared me towards the wall. It was clear that someone further ahead had made an error and pulled up hard, which I had no chance of seeing from that far back.”

After repairs to damage to the front-end of the Altima, Russell returned to the circuit and set an impressive pace, even managing to un-lap himself in a bid to claw back to the rest of the field. However, without a desperately needed safety-car period, the entry could only come home in 22nd place. 

“While it looked ugly the damage was more cosmetic than anything else and we still had a fast car for the remainder of the race,” said Russell.

“The team patched it up and got me back out there and it was a case of spending the rest of the stint to try and un-lap ourselves, which I was glad to do when I passed then race leader James Golding’s Volvo and drove away.

“Sadly the safety car we so desperately needed to bring us back into the race never came. We had the car to race to another top ten result or better today.”

The Wood and Russell combination finished the Pirtek Endurance Cup in 13th place from 27 entries following the duo’s seventh place on the Gold Coast and ninth place at Bathurst, these being the only top ten finishes of Wood’s season.

Russell’s attention now turns to the Australian GT Endurance Championship with rounds at Hampton Downs and Highlands Motorsport Park in New Zealand next month, when he will once again join Roger Lago racing the JBS Australia Lamborghini Gallardo R-EX.

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Dayco Ambassador David Russell has raced to his second Bathurst 1000 top ten finish after a strong six hour and twenty minute performance at the Mount Panorama circuit alongside full time Nissan Motorsport Supercar driver Dale Wood.

Russell and co-driver Dale Wood in the #96 GB Galvanising Nissan Altima Supercar were the second Nissan Motorsport entry home (out of five team cars) in one of the most dramatic and exciting Bathurst 1000 events of recent times.

Russell and Wood started the race from 18th place after five practice sessions for the new combination to become acquainted in their first Bathurst 1000 campaign as co-drivers.

Wood started the race and handed the Nissan Altima Supercar over to the Dayco sponsored driver at the end of the first stint. Russell then double-stinted and took the entry to a high of 17th position, running ever consistent laps and circulating solidly in the pack.

“I had some fun in that double stint, making up some positions and racing in the pack,” said Russell.

“We didn’t yield too many positions throughout the day. In fact, the positions we conceded were to the bosses [Rick and Todd Kelly]. We were tuning the car throughout the stint on a full fuel load, with an eye to Dale’s stint at the end of the race.”

After handing back to Wood in the middle stages of the race, Russell returned to the seat of the Altima for a final single stint and climbed into the top 15.

“Without safety cars during my stints, the race was pretty uneventful. But we kept it clean and the team and I were happy with the pace.

“Dale is a tenacious driver and we’ve gelled together really well. We stayed out of the limelight, but nevertheless we could get into the top 15 and focus on our pace in that final stint.”

The entry did indeed utilise that pace with Wood finishing the race in ninth position following a late flurry of action. It leaves the duo in a strong position heading into the Castrol EDGE Gold Coast 600, where Russell raced to second place with Rick Kelly in 2015.

“To go there and focus on just the Supercars side, after also wrapping up the runners-up spot in the Porsche Carrera Cup at the event last year, is something I’m looking forward to given our strong run at Mount Panorama.”

Wood and Russell will hit the streets of the Surfers Paradise for the Castrol EDGE Gold Coast 600 from October 21 to 23.

This result adds another strong finish to Russell’s Bathurst record that includes Dunlop Supercar Series pole positions and victories, along with several Porsche Carrera Cup, GT and Production Car class and outright victories during his career.  


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A storming drive to second place in today’s 250 kilometre Dunlop Supercar Series race at Bathurst’s Mount Panorama has enabled Prodrive Racing Australia FG-X Falcon driver Garry Jacobson to substantially extend his championship lead with just one round remaining.

This Mount Panorama podium finish has capped off a superb Bathurst round for the 24 year old Shepparton (VIC) based Supercar driver. He set the pace to beat during practice, set a new record qualifying pace on his way to his maiden Bathurst pole position and raced to second place after a challenging 41 lap race which was won by Paul Dumbrell.

After getting off to a slow start from the front row, Jacobson set about re-claiming track position during the opening laps, engaging in fierce side by side battles with several competitors including his PRA team mate and title rival, Jack Le Brocq. A major crash by Dunlop Series rookie Jack Smith saw Jacobson take an early fuel stop, taking full advantage of the ensuing Safety Car period. Jacobson reeled off a series of fast laps before making a second stop later in the race, the team strategy positioning him within reach of the top five.

He spent the remainder of the race making up positions with a number of commanding overtaking moves, running out of race laps while in second place, finishing 11 seconds behind race winner Dumbrell.

With his team mate LeBrocq finishing 7th, Jacobson’s 5th podium result of his breakthrough 2016 season has given him a 151 point lead in the Dunlop Supercar Series title fight. This has set up a thrilling title decider to be held at Sydney Olympic Park final in December.

It wasn’t an easy race by any means according to Jacobson, “I struggled from the start as I was one tyre short after having flat spotted one in qualifying so we had to use one from practice. That really had an effect on the car’s balance.”

“After the first stop I was really enjoying the race, it was all about gaining track position and thanks to the great work by my engineer Dave Paterson and the team in the pits, we were able to race up to second place. I am in a good position heading into the final round but I will only believe that I have won the title when I actually do it. My team has given me a great car all season so I am sure that Sydney will be no different,” He added.

Jacobson competes in the 2016 Dunlop Supercar Series thanks to the valued support of sponsors MGA Insurance, Challenger Valves and Actuators, McQuinn Electrical, Bike Gallery and Performance Health Care.


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Shepparton based Supercar racer Garry Jacobson has continued his blitzing 2016 Dunlop Series Supercar pace to claim his first Bathurst pole position at Mount Panorama.

 The 24 year old Supercar driver and current Dunlop Supercar Series leader has continually found more speed throughout this event, setting the 5th fastest lap time of Thursday’s opening practice, to then set the top lap time during Friday’s closely contested practice session.  

 Jacobson found even more pace during today’s qualifying session, his fastest lap time of 2:06.5317s (and new qualifying record) around the daunting 6.2 kilometre Mount Panorama circuit earning him the top starting spot for Saturday’s long 41 lap race. Jacobson’s lap was 2/10ths of a second faster than Red Bull Racing enduro driver Paul Dumbrell and BJR Dunlop Series driver Macauley Jones. The Bathurst pole position is Jacobson’s third of the 2016 season.

 “My Prodrive Challenger Falcon was just a ripper today – it was really nice to drive. I was very concerned coming into this round that with several of the other drivers getting so many more laps due to their main series co-driver roles that the fight for pole position would be a lot more competitive than it actually was.” Jacobson said.

 “The car is just a jet here this weekend and I am really happy to be driving it - big thanks to the team for their efforts. I think that the car will look after its tyres quite well in Saturday’s race with the main challenge being to get off the start line well. I’ll be doing a lot of work with my engineer tonight to make sure that we can give it a red hot crack tomorrow,” The Shepparton (VIC) based racer added.

 Unlike all of the other Dunlop Supercar Series rounds, this penultimate round of the 2016 season will consist of one challenging 250 kilometre race to be held tomorrow (Saturday) at 2:05pm (EDST) as a curtain raiser to Australia’s most famour motor race, Sunday’s Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000.

 Jacobson competes in the 2016 Dunlop Supercar Series thanks to the valued support of sponsors MGA Insurance, Challenger Valves and Actuators, McQuinn Electrical, Bike Gallery and Performance Health Care.


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Dayco sponsored racing driver David Russell has scored a top 20 finish in the 2016 Wilson Security Sandown 500 in the #96 GB Galvanizing Racing Nissan Altima entry alongside Dale Wood.  

It’s the first time Wood and Russell have teamed up at Nissan Motorsport, with Russell spending the practice sessions getting acquainted to the Altima at Sandown International Raceway.

“After the second practice session I felt a lot more comfortable with the car,” said Russell following Friday’s practice sessions.

First off I had to micromanage my inputs, especially trailing off the brake. That session was a lot of easier and returned to what I know.

 "It was hard to know what tyres everyone was on during those co-driver sessions. I’m reasonably happy. I know I have a few areas that I can improve on and that’s a positive for me because I can see that there’s more in it there.”

Wood qualified in 24th in the qualifying session that set the grid for the two qualifying races, the first for co-drivers and the second for main drivers which set the grid for Sunday’s 500km race. 

Russell gained two spots in his co-driver race, while Wood jumped up a further two to secure 20th place on the grid.

“We’re a bit further down than what we hoped,” said Russell.

“We know the areas that we’re down and we know we can’t change those this weekend.

“If it rains tomorrow it will be the great equaliser. If we can have a good race where we keep our nose clean, hopefully we’ll be there to pick up the pieces at the end of the race.”

Intermittent rain throughout the 500 kilometre endurance race proved a challenge for the field, though Russell made up places in his stint in the worst of the conditions.

He ran in the top 10 at one point as teams ran a variety of pit and tyre strategies as the rain came and went, handing over to Wood with the car running comfortably in the top 20. Wood brought home the Altima in 18th place.

“While we wanted a better result, I was happy with the positions that I made up and the consistency of my lap times in the difficult conditions,” Russell said.

“We made a good start and made up a few places, from the red flag stoppage our cool suit failed, which wasn’t ideal. I was fine with the rain, but our car lacked that initial pace with the wet tyres. It took a long time to get up to temperature, but when the temps were up we could mix it with any of them out there. Now we’ll move to Bathurst and have a another go," He added.

Next up on the 2016 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship schedule is the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 at Mount Panorama Circuit on October 6 to 9.


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Shepparton based Supercar racer Garry Jacobson has raced his way back into the lead of the 2016 Dunlop Supercar Series after an outstanding performance at Melbourne’s Sandown Raceway over the weekend.

The 24-year-old Prodrive Racing Australia driver gained his second pole position of the season, setting a new Dunlop Series qualifying lap record at Sandown, coupled with a first and second place in both of Saturday’s races. His third race result of fifth on Sunday earned the Shepparton-based driver the round victory along with a 67-point lead in the title fight with two rounds remaining at the Bathurst 1000 in October and the Sydney 500 in December.

Saturday’s opening race saw plenty of action with Jacobson relegated to second at the first turn after contact and later to third in an early race battle with his Prodrive teammate Jack LeBrocq. The Ford duo then caught race leader Todd Hazelwood in an exciting three-way battle until the Safety Car was deployed when 10th-placed Anton De Pasquale ran off and into a gravel trap. With one lap remaining after the Safety Car returned to the pits, contact between Le Brocq and Hazelwood saw both drift off the circuit, handing the race lead and win to the closely pursuing Jacobson.

Saturday’s second race saw Jacobson recover from a slow start from pole position to finish second after avoiding a massive crash that involved six cars at the first corner. It was triggered by contact between Matt Chahda and Adam Marjoram, with Chada’s car becoming airborne, impacting the cars of Bryce Fullwood, Le Brocq and Andrew Jones with Renee Gracie also involved. Paul Dumbrell inherited the lead with Jacobson in pursuit for the remainder of the race after a lengthy Safety Car deployment. Jacobson pushed the former main-series driver hard on the final lap, but Dumbrell held on for the win with Jacobson second and Taz Douglas a close third.

Morning rain at Sandown ensured a damp circuit for the start of the third and final race on Sunday. Opting to start the race from the front row on wet weather tyres, it was clear after the first lap that the track had dried sufficiently to run on slick/dry weather tyres. The Challenger Valves Racing Falcon pitted on the second lap from fourth position to change tyres, re-joining the race at the rear of the 21 car field. A blitzing performance in the tricky conditions saw Jacobson finish 5th, scoring more valuable points towards his Championship challenge, as well earning him his fourth round win of the season and a solid lead in the 2016 Dunlop Supercar Series.

“It has been a great weekend and the team gave me a great car,” stated Jacobson.

“Gaining pole position with a record lap and winning the round clearly lets everyone know that I am determined to win the Dunlop Series championship and that is my total focus this season. There were some hectic moments out there, but it was good to capitalise on those throughout the three races.

“We made the wrong tyre choice for the start of Sunday’s race, so it was very hectic making my way back into the top five with everything going on, but it was very satisfying as well. I am really looking forward to doing all I can to extend my lead at Bathurst.”

It has been a successful fortnight for Jacobson, as his Sandown pole position and round victory this weekend followed his pole position and clean sweep of all three races at last weekend’s Kumho Australian V8 Touring Car Series round at Phillip Island.

Jacobson returns to the track for the penultimate 2016 Dunlop Supercar Series round of the season at Bathurst’s Mount Panorama circuit from October 6-9. He competes in the 2016 Dunlop Supercar Series thanks to the valued support of sponsors MGA Insurance, Challenger Valves and Actuators, McQuinn Electrical, Bike Gallery and Performance Health Care.


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Shepparton based motor racing driver Garry Jacobson has made an outstanding cameo appearance in the Kumho Tyre Australian V8 Touring Car Series held at Victoria’s Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit over the weekend.

After setting pole position by more than a second over the entire field, the Dunlop Supercar Series front runner then continued his outstanding maiden Kumho Australian V8 Touring Car Series form with a storming victory of the opening ten lap race, setting a new lap record on his way to an unchallenged victory in the MW Motorsport prepared McQuinn Electrical FG Falcon. 

Jacobson’s victory on Saturday ended a nine race winning streak by regular Australian V8 Touring Car Series driver, Taz Douglas. It follows Jacobson’s double race victories at Phillip Island and overall round win of the Dunlop Supercar Series round held there in mid-April.

Sunday’s two races saw another two superb victories, making Jacobson’s island visit a clean sweep. Race two on Sunday was faultless from pole to the chequered flag, but the third and final race of the event came with its challenges. Jacobson spun after running off the road on the second lap at the high speed first turn. Despite this foray costing him the lead and three track positions, the Dunlop Supercar Series title contender spent the next seven laps (out of 13) working his way back into the lead and to scoring the perfect Kumho Australian V8 Touring Car Series trifecta.  

The 24 year old Victorian driver was competing in this fourth round of the 2016 Kumho Australian V8 Touring Car series at the behest of his personal sponsor, McQuinn Electrical. The company is also a sponsor of the leading MW Motorsport team in this national touring car category that forms a part of the Shannons Nationals Series.

The event also represented an excellent opportunity for Jacobson to gain some extra Touring Car mileage ahead of the final three rounds of the 2016 Dunlop Supercar Series, to be held at next week’s Sandown 500, October’s Bathurst 1000 and December’s Sydney 500. Jacobson is currently placed second in the Dunlop Supercar Series standings with three race victories gained following the opening three rounds.

According to Jacobson, it was a fantastic weekend that provided excellent preparation for the second half of the Dunlop Supercar Series that gets underway at Melbourne’s Sandown Raceway this weekend.

“Competing at this event was a great opportunity to get back into the racing mode again and at a fast and exciting circuit that has been extremely good to me. The varying weather and track conditions of the weekend were ideal preparation for Sandown. It was humbling to be back on the top step of the podium again and to have set new Phillip Island lap records in both the Dunlop Supercar Series and the Kumho Australian V8 Touring Car Series this year.

“I am more than ready for the Sandown Dunlop Supercar Series round this weekend and can’t wait to get back behind the wheel again. Thanks to McQuinn Electrical for the opportunity and to the team at MW Motorsport for giving me such a great car for my first Australian V8 Touring Car Series race,”

Garry Jacobson will be back behind the wheel of his Prodrive FG Falcon for this weekend’s fourth Dunlop Supercar Series round at Melbourne’s Sandown Raceway, which will support the opening Supercars endurance race of the season, the Sandown 500.


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Dayco Ambassador and highly experienced Australian international GT racing driver David Russell has contributed to another solid finish for the JBS Australia Lamborghini Team at the Total 24 Hours of Spa race held in Belgium over the weekend.

In just his second race at the legendary racing circuit located in the Ardennes Forest, Russell joined team owner and driver Roger Lago with experienced racers Steve Owen and Jonathan Webb to take on this second Intercontinental GT Championship round of the season.

A qualifying penalty for exceeding track circuit limits saw the Australian team start the grueling race from the 51st spot on the 65 car starting grid.

The privately entered Australian team worked solidly to finish the race in 35th place overall from the 62 finishers, completing 509 laps and no fewer than 30 pit stops throughout the 24 hour GT enduro. Their efforts saw them finish 12th in the Pro-Am Class, well ahead of a number of factory entered teams and within grasp of others, including the factory McLaren GT team.

Russell competed with the factory Bentley M-Sport team at the 2016 Bathurst 12 Hour opening round of the 2016 Intercontinental GT Championship, finishing 7th and setting the fastest lap times of the Mount Panorama circuit of all the Bentley factory team drivers.

"That was a mega-race. A solid performance by the whole team, nearly getting a top ten place in what was without any doubt the most competitive Pro Am Class ever at the Spa 24 Hour. The pace was incredible throughout the whole race. Big thanks to Roger Lago for putting together this all Aussie team at such a prestigious and challenging event," Russell said after the race.

"Dayco Dave" Russell returns home for his Supercar endurance racing role with the Nissan Motorsport Supercar team at the Sandown 500, Bathurst 1000 and Gold Coast 600 from September to October.


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Prodrive Racing Australia driver Garry Jacobson remains in the hunt for the 2016 Dunlop V8 Supercar Development Series championship following yet another podium placing at the Castrol EDGE Townsville 400 over the weekend.  

The Shepparton based racer entered the Townsville round off the back of three race wins across the opening three rounds of the 2016 season, looking to strengthen his championship placing on the challenging Reid Park street circuit.

Searching for car balance with his Challenger Valves Ford FG X Falcon over each of the practice sessions, Jacobson qualified strongly for the opening race of the weekend on Saturday in second place.

Teammate Jack Le Brocq lead into turn one despite a stronger start for Jacobson, who focused on maintaining a solid gap to second place to ensure a one-two finish for the Prodrive Racing Australia Supercar team.

Jacobson finished in second place within sight of Le Brocq and with a healthy margin of over five seconds to the third-placed Holden VF Commodore of Todd Hazelwood.

“We qualified well and managed to stay clean in the race and finish strongly in second,” said Jacobson.

“Getting a good gap out to the rest of the field really showed that the team is doing an awesome job with the car and that we've got an awesome package.

“There's not much to look at overnight, we just need to make sure we did what we did today again or do even better.”

The second and final race on Sunday proved to be a greater challenge with Jacobson battling further car setup issues relative to his teammate. Despite the problems the 24 year old qualified third earning a second row start for the race.

A clutch slip at the start earned Jacobson a five-second starting breach penalty from the race stewards. Though he would finish the race higher up the order, the addition of the time penalty relegated him to sixth place.

Nevertheless, Jacobson finished in third place across the round for yet another podium finish, his third V8 Supercar podium finish at the challenging Townsville street circuit.

Jacobson says he still has work to do to make himself comfortable in the car ahead of the next round.

 “It was a challenging weekend for me with car setup,” said Jacobson.

 I'm still happy to maximise my points for the weekend with a third for the round.

 Now I'm just looking forward to knuckling down with the team and trying to come up with a better package for me and what suits the car going into Sandown.”

Jacobson sits in second place in the Dunlop V8 Supercar Development Series championship standings, just 51 points behind Le Brocq with three rounds remaining.

The next round of the 2016 Dunlop V8 Supercar Development Series will be held at the Wilson Security Sandown 500 at Melbourne’s  Sandown Motor Raceway in Victoria from September 16 to 18.

Jacobson competes in the 2016 Dunlop V8 Supercar Series thanks to the valued support of sponsors MGA Insurance (Shepparton), Challenger Valves and Actuators, Bike Gallery, Performance Health Care and McQuinn Electrical.


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Victorian Dunlop V8 Supercar Series front runner Garry Jacobson can’t wait to get back on track at Townsville’s Reid Park for this weekend’s V8 Supercar races.

Hailing from Shepparton in regional Victoria, 24 year old Jacobson has proven to be a sensation in his third Dunlop V8 Supercar Series season. He has raced to three race victories from three events and now shares the Championship lead with his Prodrive Racing Australia team mate, Jack Le Brocq. 

Townsville’s challenging Reid Park street circuit is without doubt one of Jacobson’s favourites, having competed strongly there in both the Dunlop V8 Supercar Series and in the Formula Ford categories in the past. His Townsville highlight was second place in the opening Dunlop V8 Supercar Series race last season. 

The Reid Park street circuit has marked several important milestones in Jacobson’s V8 Supercar career with his first top ten Dunlop Series result gained there back in 2013 and his first V8 Supercar podium result (2nd) also gained at Townsville in 2014. 

Competing in Townsville this season with one of the sport’s leading teams in Prodrive Racing Australia and equipped with their highly developed Falcon FG-X V8 Supercar, Jacobsen has high hopes for a big result next weekend in Townsville, as the Dunlop V8 Supercar Series crosses its half way point in the Championship.

“I have been training hard to prepare for Townsville as it is a very important round given how close the Championship battle has become. I am a big fan of street circuits and the Reid Park circuit is up there with the best for me. It has a great combination of tight and fast turns, with some good overtaking opportunities. It is also a bit more forgiving than most other street circuits, which ensures great racing for the local fans who give the event a fun atmosphere as well,” Jacobson said.

In what is an added twist to Jacobsen’s Dunlop V8 Supercar Series championship challenge is the fact that his own team mate, (Le Brocq) is the co-leader of the championship with both tied on 720 points after three rounds, both with three race victories gained so far. Jacobson won the second race of the season at the Clipsal 500 Adelaide street circuit, followed by two race wins at Phillip Island’s second round.  While for many this would seem to create a lot of tension within the team, according to Jacobson, the opposite is taking place.

“It is always the case that the first person you want to beat in motor racing is your team mate, in our case we are absolutely matching and beating each other’s performances and this has elevated the team to deliver us with two outstanding cars at each and every round as we benefit from each other’s developments. We have also raced together since our karting years, so we have a good relationship, but make no mistake, I want to win the championship and I will be fighting all the way to the final round to nail it,” Jacobson stated.                                                                                          

“The Townsville round will be pivotal in establishing a breakaway lead in the title fight and that is where my focus will be set from the moment we roll out onto the fantastic Reid Park circuit,” he added.

The Dunlop V8 Supercar Series races are held in conjunction with the Castrol Edge Townsville 400 Supercars races that make up the massive north Queensland motorsport weekend that is coming to town from July 8 to 10.  

Garry Jacobson is competing in the 2016 Dunlop V8 Supercar Series thanks to the support of sponsors MGA Insurance (Shepparton), Challenger Valves and Actuators, Bike Gallery, Performance Health Care and McQuinn Electrical.

V8 Supercar Hot Lap of the 2.86km Townsville Reid Park Street Circuit with Garry Jacobson:

The 260 kph approach to turn one makes it one of the fastest corners on the Reid Park circuit - the challenge here is to keep the car as straight as possible before braking into turn two, then going down four gears and clipping the kerb to get through it as quickly as possible. Then its firm acceleration to lighten the car up out of turn two, guiding the car around the long left hander before hard braking into turn three and down another two gears.

Hard out of the exit and up through the gears as we approach the fast turn five chicane and it is through sections like this that my Falcon FG-X is at its strongest with its fantastic aero speed this season. I have to open the car up as much as possible exiting turn six, letting the car flow through to the green astroturf at turn seven, as this provides an opportunity to gain track position before we approach the tighter section of the Reid Park circuit, turn eight, down to second gear and applying some 600 pounds of braking pressure to slow up in order to be able to clip the kerb and quickly change direction.

The car gets really violent here with vibration. Then it is hard on the throttle exiting turn eight, short shifting up to third and fourth gears through turn nine, keeping the steering straight and acceleration flat-out holding the bumps on the approach to turn ten as I get ready to brake hard, down three gears to first, using engine brake to get through turn eleven. Short shift to second gear to keep traction and give the car plenty of turn, letting the car flow all the way to the left and up through the gears to fourth, then hard on the brakes and back down to first to approach the final corner, turn thirteen, to get the smoothest exit possible onto the main straight.

About Garry Jacobson:

Shepparton born Garry Jacobson’s motor racing career started in karts at nine years of age. Within seven years Jacobson was voted Karting Australia’s Driver of the Year for 2008 after having won simultaneous Karting titles in Victoria, Queensland, Tasmania and in the Northern Territory that year. This earned the talented young driver’s selection as a Confederation of Australian Motor Sport (CAMS) Aussie Young Gun, providing him with the support to compete in cars for the first time.

Jacobson raced to one victory and several podiums during his debut Aussie Racing Cars Series in 2009 at just 17 years of age. These performances led to his appointment to the CAMS Rising Star Program and with the support of the Australian Motor Sports Foundation the young Victorian made his Formula Ford debut in 2010, racing to runner-up honours in his rookie season. The following year Jacobson progressed to the Australian Formula Ford Championship earning a top six championship finish.

Jacobson returned to the Australian Formula Ford Championship for the 2013 season, winning the Pole position award and racing to third in the championship despite missing the final three rounds. Jacobson made his V8 Supercar debut in the 2013 Dunlop Series and he also competed in the New Zealand Super Tourer endurance races that year.

Jacobson’s first V8 Supercar podium result (2nd) came in 2014, joined with a series of top ten results. He also won the Invitational Class at the Bathurst 12 Hour that year. Another strong Dunlop V8 Supercar Series in 2015 saw Jacobson place 6th in the championship with two podium finishes. He also set a new Invitational class lap record on his way to winning his class at the Bathurst 12 Hour.

The Shepparton based racer made his European GT Racing debut in 2015, winning the Invitational class at the Silverstone 24 Hour race as well as winning the same class honours at the 12 Hours of Zandvoort in the Netherlands. He also competed in the 24 Hours of Barcelona GT race in Spain that year driving the Marc Cars Focus V8.

This year Jacobsen gained a drive with V8 Supercar Championship winning team Prodrive Racing Australia in the Dunlop V8 Supercar Series. He gained a pole position and race win at the season opening Clipsal 500 and won two races at Phillip Island from a front row start. These results combined with strong performances at the third round in Perth, finds the 24 year old racer  second in he Dunlop Series points chase with three rounds remaining. (At August 1, 2016)


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Dayco Australia has a high profile Australian motorsport marketing presence as a part of this country’s leading motor racing categories, but company’s motorsport involvement also extends all the way to the grass roots development of Australian engineering talent.

Dayco is a proud sponsor of Monash Motorsport, a team of students from Melbourne’s renowned Monash University who have been tasked with designing, manufacturing and racing an open-wheel racecar in a global engineering competition called Formula Student.

The majority of Monash Motorsport team members are undertaking their undergraduate degrees in Mechanical or Aerospace Engineering, with several members also coming from Electrical Engineering, Commerce, Science and Arts degree courses. 

Formula Student is one of the world’s largest university competitions, featuring more than 500 teams. Since joining the global competition in 2000, Monash Motorsport has firmly improved its performance, gaining seven consecutive wins in the Australasian competition, earning the Dayco sponsored team an impressive current third world ranking.

Time spent working with the team provides Monash University students with real experience of automotive component design and manufacturing processes.

The current Monash Motorsport racecar, the M15R, is on its way to Europe, where it will compete against some of the best teams in the world taking part in the UK, Austrian and German championships. The M15R comprises of a steel space-frame chassis, mode separated hydraulic suspension system along with an impressive aerodynamics package. The racecar is powered by a turbocharged KTM EXC 500 engine taken from an enduro dirt-bike.

Dayco has supported Monash Motorsport in its Formula Student challenges since 2013, greatly contributing to the powertrain package by providing premium quality Dayco cooling lines, hoses, fuel lines, hose clamps, alternator belts and ancillary components.

A new cooling system has been designed and integrated to the M15R racecar, changing from a single radiator to twin side-mount radiators. This gave the powertrain designers a new challenge of re-routing all cooling lines to suit a parallel system including a thermostat.

According to Monash Motorsport Powertrain Engineer and Workshop Manager Daniel Kobiela, “Without the Dayco range of industry leading engine thermal management components, such a well-developed parallel cooling system would not have been possible to achieve. As with any performance engine, only the best components can be included to ensure efficiency, reliability and safety. This is why the team greatly values its partnership with Dayco.”

“Our long term relationship with Monash University and the Monash Motorsport Formula Student team is a great way for Dayco to support Australia’s automotive engineers of tomorrow through a highly challenging global competition. As a leader in automotive engine belts, engine components and thermal management products, our involvement is significant to ensure that the Monash Motorsport M15R racecar is a major challenger for this year’s Formula Student global championship,” stated Dayco Australia Sales and Marketing Director, David McClurg.

 “We wish the Monash Motorsport team every success in Europe,” He added.


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Dayco Mitsubishi Evo 6 Rally drivers Alan Roe and Michael Lloyd have failed to finish the six day, 2016 Targa Tasmania tarmac rally after convincingly leading their class and running as high as third overall across five days of the challenging event.

The Dayco duo performed superbly throughout this world renowned tarmac rally, running as high as 3rd outright during the opening two days of racing. They extended their lead of the Early Modern Class to an outstanding 4.5 minutes and were running in 5th overall when they were forced to retire due to alternator failure with just one stage remaining.

The failure took place on the 37th of 38 stages to complete the event, with the alternator failure forcing the Dayco duo to repeatedly stop in order to replace batteries, in a brave attempt to hold onto their dominant class lead and overall top five placing.

Despite not having completed this historic 25th running of Targa Tasmania, Roe and Lloyd have a great deal to be proud of in their Targa Tasmania debut. 

“For our first time in this major tarmac rally we really shook a few cages, that’s for sure. I don’t think our competitors were expecting us to be so strong and consistent over the course of the event and we couldn’t be happier with our car throughout the five days. While it was a huge disappointment to be forced to retire with just one stage to go, we walk away from our first Targa Tasmania knowing that we have an extremely strong car and team for the remaining tarmac rallies that we will be competing in this year,” Alan Roe stated.

“The excitement of competing at such a major motorsport event within the overall top five and in the lead of our class across five days was an incredible experience and beyond both of our wildest expectations for the Dayco Mitsubishi Evo 6. For us, every day that we completed was a bonus given the high risk of mechanical failures and the crashes that took place all around us throughout the event. We are looking forward to returning to Targa Tasmania again next year and continuing where we left off,” he added.

Alan Roe is a former outright winner of the Finke Desert Race (NT), a class Champion in the Victorian Rally Championship and he has also been a top five competitor in the Australian Rally Championship. Roe was the outright winner of both the 2015 Targa High Country Tarmac Rally and this year’s  Mt Baw Baw Sprint Tarmac Rally and will be again be competing in the  Targa High Country Tarmac Rally  in the Dayco Mitsubishi Evo 6 later this year.                                                                           


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