Junior TCR talents confirmed

Hyundai Motorsport have confirmed the four TCR drivers that will make up the 2020 Customer Racing Junior Driver program following the successful first year of the initiative.

All four circuit racing drivers will compete in our i30 N TCR in championships around the world. They will be hoping to follow in the footsteps of Luca Engstler, who graduates into a full-time seat on the WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup grid.

“With the quality of those that have been selected for this season, I believe that all of them have the capability to race at the highest level,” said Customer Racing Operations Leader Andrew.

Rising stars
Swedish siblings Andreas and Jessica Bäckman are aiming to build on a strong first season in TCR Europe with Target Competition. Jessica enjoyed a maiden podium with the i30 N TCR in 2019, while Andreas took a race win and two pole positions.

They will be joined by Daniel Nagy, who is also continuing with the initiative. The Hungarian driver will compete with BRC Racing Team in TCR Europe when the real-world series begins.

Aussie Will Brown completes the line-up and will represent the Customer Racing Junior Driver program in Australia. After a stunning debut in the inaugural TCR Australia season, in which he dominated by taking seven wins and finishing first overall, he will continue with the HMO Customer Racing team to defend his title.

Preparing for success
As part of the program, the drivers will be able to rely upon the support of our Customer Racing department’s engineers, and receive guidance on how to build the strong profile needed for a motorsports career.

Andrew concluded: “With the support of the Customer Racing department’s engineers and the mentoring of the current crop of WTCR drivers, I am confident that we can add to the program’s success story.”

Bayley returns with new outlook and motor

Last season Todd Bayley upspeced his Dirt Late Model and was on for a cracker of a year. Things went well in the opening few shows but unfortunately, he sustained serious engine damage that put him out the for the rest of that season.

Last Saturday night all his hard work came to fruition as his family run team fronted for the first NSW round of the Ultimate Speedway Championship.

Bayley timed 3rd fastest in his group in qually, Ran second in his first heat, Won his second heat and won the pole shuffle defeating Ex Aussie Champ Darren Kane.

Starting off pole in the A Main Bayley dominated for the first five laps. Kane made a bold move to take the lead. These two swapped positions numerous times in a thrilling race. Lap 22 Bayley hit the cushion on turn three hard. This did terminal damage to the race leaders’ car and he was forced to return to the pits.

“We may not have won but we put on a great show and our motor program is back on track” stated a deflated Bayley.

“Can’t wait till this Saturday night (26th October) to do it all again” he also went on to say.

Disney's Speedweek

Being on the bill for the international shows at Sydney Speedway is always exciting and this year the Late Models got the opportunity to showcase on three of them in secession. Dubbed the “Ultimate Sydney Late Model Speedweek” a stela field was assembled with competitors coming from afar as Tasmania to try and take to loot that was on offer.

Newcastle’s Nathan Disney, who had previously taken an A main victory this season was well prepared and came out all guns blazing.

Night One
Boxing day turning on a warm one with temps in the 30’s and humidity through the roof in Sydney town.

From the drop of the green in the first heat it was evident that some had come with the “Take no prisoners” approach with panels dented and christmas card lists being amended.

A-Main Speedweek Round One Official results:
1. Tyler Erb
2. Ben Nicastri
3. Cameron Pearson

8. Nathan Disney

Night Two (Monday, 30th December)

The team left round one with a spring in their step. They’d found something in the setup that they were exploring.

After a couple of heats Disney jumped from the car and yelled “YES……. We’ve found it”

The car was a bullet and he was looking forward to the longer A main.

The 30 lap A Main also doubled as the NSW Late Model Title and Disney would start it out of position 6. After some extremely hard racing and dropping back in the pack at a restart, Disney finished in position 5 but with a mega grin on his face as his race pace in the slick was that of the leaders.

A-Main Speedweek Round Two Official results:
1.Lachlan Onley NSW#1
2. Ryan Fenech
3. Tyler Erb

5. Nathan Disney

Night Three (Saturday, 4th January)

Round three of the series was held under extreme heat conditions and bush fires were still burning out of control all over the state.

In the shade it was 50 degrees at 5 in the afternoon. The promotors sensibly delayed the start of the meeting until 7:30pm where temperatures had dropped a little but still in the high 40’s.

Many competitors chose to stay at home due to the heat and the numbers were down on previous rounds.

“The teams pumped and we’re well watered for a great night after the car was so fast in the A the other night” stated Disney.

Unfortunately, when the team went to start the engine it immediately made a noise. On closer inspection it had broken a two-race old valve spring. As you could imagine the lads were devastated and on their way back to Newcastle early.

“I don’t know where we finished in the points for the series but it would be in the top 10 for sure” Disney went on to say.

The Late Models take a break this week as the Australian Championship’s are being run in WA and a number of competitors are representing the state in this prestigious event.

Seasons commercial partners are as follows:
DMS Towing
NJD Auto Service
Lake Macquarie Sheet Metal
Ansens Tyre and Auto
Century Batteries
Wynns
Speed Master
Steve Smith / Hawk Engines
Tufflift
Safe n Sound Self Storage

Attard Launches in Style

Sydney’s Mark Attard is back with a fresh new look for 2019/2020.  He took a break from the sport recently to focus on the family business and expand his family with the birth of little Carmelo.

“Taking a break allowed me to refocus on a few things, Racing was one of them” stated Attard.

The team have added an Ex Monte Motorsport car to its stable and will use this car for tonight’s opening show in Sydney.

Mark would like to welcome his commercial partner for this season:

Summerland Poultry

Thermal Mark Transport Refrigeration

Cowper Smash Repairs

JMC Operations

Warspeed Industries

Kistler Engine’s

Vortex Racing Products

Thomas Fiberglass

Frustrating night for Disney

After taking victory at the venue in the opening event Newcastle’s Nathan Disney was optimistic for another solid result.

We were ready to travel to Toowoomba for round one of the Ultimate Speedway Championship (USC) last weekend, but it was called off due to inclement weather.

“I love the high banks of Toowoomba and have won there in the past but with a lot of the country in drought the rain was welcomed” Stated Disney.

Disney drew flight two for his qually group and was quickly into the grove. On his second lap he spun and hit the infield berm hard. This did body and suspension damage.

“I stupidly pushed too hard and paid the price” remarked an angry Disney.

“We got the body work all fixed up, but the car wasn’t right all night”

“We struggled on and ultimately ran seventh in the A. Not our best performance but we’ll take the point” he went on to say.

Disney will be back in action this Saturday night (26th October) at Sydney Speedway.

Thank you to our loyal partners:

DMS Towing
NJD Auto Service
Lake Macquarie Sheet Metal
Ansens Tyre and Auto
Century Batteries
Wynns
Speed Master
Steve Smith / Hawk Engines
Tufflift
Safe n Sound Self Storage

Disney Rocks into New Season

Newcastle’s Nathan Disney has left no stone unturned in the off season and has done a complete overhaul of his N11 Rocket XR1.

Engine has been freshened, Shocks have been dynode and a new body has been installed to his pristine ride for 2019/2020.

“Finishing second in the club championship has been playing on my mind during the off season” stated Disney.   “I want to go one better” he went on to say.

“We chased the USC for Late Models last year netting us two wins.  Traveling has made us a stronger team and I’d like to build on that” Disney quipped.

“We did snag the Queensland state title which was very rewarding” stated the Novocastrian.

Look out for Nathan in all NSW club shows plus more interstate travels during the season.

Seasons commercial partners are as follows:

DMS Towing

NJD Auto Service

Lake Macquarie Sheet Metal

Ansens Tyre and Auto

Century Batteries

Wynns

Speed Master

Steve Smith / Hawk Engines

Tufflift

Safe n Sound Self Storage