February 2017 – Twilight Rally

February 2017 – Twilight Rally

This week the team at redbackracing took the new Clio for a night of testing, in the teams first entry at the North Shore Sporting Car Club (nsscc.com.au) third round Twilight Rally. NSSCC host four rallies at Eastern creek over the summer nights, whereby each entrant gets up six runs of a 3.5km tarmac rally stage around Eastern Creek.

Adam Moore (long time redbackracing friend and test driver) along with navigator Lee Challoner-Miles, improved through each stage run and put the Clio through its paces. Renotech support team members Julian and Miles were on hand to help setup the CLio through each run.

The team will be back for the forth and final twilight rally series run in March, shortly before heading to the second Australian Tarmac Championship round – Lake mountain sprint.

Mt Baw Baw Sprint – Day 2

Mt Baw Baw Sprint – Day 2

During the last weekend the team competed in round 1 of the Australian Tarmac Rally Championship, testing a new car in conjunction with the team at RenoTech who are leading Renault Sport specialists.

For this event Adam teamed up with Australian Tarmac Rally Guru – Steve Glenney to help make handling changes to the car and improve its performance.

The car which is a 2015 Clio RS220 prepared by the team under showroom category rules making the modifications minimal.

The car stunned the team on its debut outing. Always performing in the top 10 stage times and getting as high as 5th outright in the final stage of the day. Finishing the event in 7th outright and 2nd in showroom 2WD.

The wet conditions helped the car against much more powerful vehicles. The team look forward to the next event – Lake Mount Sprint which is only just over a month away!

Team Redbackracing would like to thank our sponsors and support team RenoTech for their continued support and look forward to a successful championship throughout 2017.

Mt Baw Baw Sprint – Day 1

Mt Baw Baw Sprint – Day 1

Round one of the Australian Tarmac Rally Championship is underway and with the team entering this first event of the Championship with a newly built Renault Clio.

The first stages were always going to be a learning experience with the crew getting used to the car in its first competitive outing, but as the day progressed the stage times improved throughout. The car is somewhat different to the previously ran Nissan R35 GTR and the team believe the Renotech prepared Clio still has plenty more to give.

After 8 stages through the Mt Baw Baw mountain range the team sit 8th outright and the second day of the event has a greater number of kilometers to run, so will provide a real test to see how they can progress, keep tuned for an update post the second day of Mt Baw Baw Sprint.

Great Tarmac Rally – Reconnaissance

Great Tarmac Rally – Reconnaissance

In our preparations for our new Australian Tarmac Rally round, Great Tarmac Rally is based around Marysville in Victoria and will be happening of the weekend of the 10th and 11th of December 2016.

Adam and Lee were out on Saturday 26th November running through the course and getting ready for what we expect to be a fantastic event!

 

Successful Snowy River Sprint

Successful Snowy River Sprint

After 12 years of friendship and team work, Adam Spence and Lee Challoner-Miles paired up to participate in the Australian Tarmac Rally event - Snowy River Sprint. The race ran for two days with over 300km's of competitive stages around the East Gipsland shire in Victoria.

The teams day one performance clearly indicated that Adam and Lee were pushing for a high ranking performance, even though the pair had never raced as a driver / navigator crew and that neither had been involved in a rally since April, some six months ago. The Nissan GTR R35 performed well through the morning stages and at lunch break the service crew identified some minor mechanical works that further improved the cars performance through the afternoon stages, with the team completing day one in forth place outright.

At the beginning of day two, it was clear to all competitors involved, from the dark clouds covering the East Gipsland shire that rain would impact the day. Adam & Lee, with growing confidence for the performance on their first day, took on the challenging roads from Buchan to Orbost where rain did intervene, the GTR performed impeccably throughout the wet conditions and helped guide Adam and Lee to forth place outright second place in both category & class.

The team at Redbackracing would, once again, like to take this opportunity to thank all of their support crew and sponsors - Corporate Impressions Australia, Cyara, Albins Performance transmissions, Hi-Tec Batteries, Carbon Revolution, Dirrawong, Oracle Creative and Motul. Without their valuable and unwavering support we’d be unable to compete in the forthcoming championship” said, Adam Spence.

Click here to view the gallery from Snowy River Sprint 2016

For further information, please contact: Adam Spence
Redbackracing
Ph: +61 414 207 341
Email: Adam@redbackracing.com.au

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Watch Footage of the Redbackracing Nissan GTR R35 at Snowy River Sprint 2016 below :

Watch Blendline TV Footage of the Snowy River Sprint 2016 below :

Redbackracing’s launch attack for 2017 championship

Redbackracing’s launch attack for 2017 championship

Redbackracing, past winners of the showroom category in the Australian Targa Championship, are now eyeing the only Tarmac Rally championship currently in operation in Australia – the Australian Tarmac Rally Championship, run by Mountain Motorsports, Victoria.

The team plans to complete in the final two rounds of the 2016 season, comprising of Snowy Mountain Sprint on Sept 24th & 25th and then in final round, the Great Tarmac Rally on December 10th & 11th. The team’s focus will then turn to competing in all four rounds of the 2017 Championship.

Competing in the Carbon Revolution, Carbon Fibre Wheeled 2011 Nissan GTR will be long time friends and founding members of the team, Driver, Adam Spence and Navigator, Lee Challoner-Miles.

Team principle and driver Adam Spence said, “I am very excited about the coming events and the championship challenge ahead. Having Lee in the car beside me and with each of the rounds run over a weekend, the racing will be both manageable and enjoyable. I’m also pleased to see how strong the competition looks, I think we are in for some fun times”.

The team at Redbackracing would, once again, like to take this opportunity to thank all of their support crew and sponsors Corporate Impressions Australia, Cyara, Albins Performance transmissions, Hi-Tec Batteries, Carbon Revolution, Dirrawong, Oracle Creative and Motul. Without their valuable and unwavering support we’d be unable to compete in the forthcoming championship” said, Adam Spence.

For further information, please contact: Adam Spence
Redbackracing
Ph: +61 414 207 341
Email: Adam@redbackracing.com.au

 

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Redbackracing Track Day – Wakefield 20th July 2016

Redbackracing Wakefield Park Track Day – 20th July 2016

Redbackracing held a sponsor track day at Wakefield Park on the 20th July 2016. A new 360 degree 4k camera was installed to the Redbackracing Nissan GTR R35 and here are the instructions on how to view these videos, they can be viewed without the Virtual Reality headset – its just not as much fun…..

  • To view these videos, please visit this page using your smartphone device. Insert your phone into the front sliding tray of your new Virtual reality headset (when looking from the top the slider is removed on the right-hand side)
  • Select the corresponding link below to open your video
  • Your phone will redirect to your YouTube video
  • On the playback screen, there will be GOGGLES ICON, select this icon
  • Insert your phone on the sliding tray back into the headset
  • Place the headset up to your eyes and place the strap over your head

You will now be able to see your video in full 360 Virtual reality, rotate your head left, right, up and down to see every dimension of you experience and relive the hotlap in the Redbackracing Nissan GTR R35.

Here are links to the videos :

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Practice Laps
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Practice Lap 2
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Andrew Kyriazis
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Denis Martin
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Gavin Roberts
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Gavin Roberts 2
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Geoff Willshire
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Lorry Gatt
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Mehdi Hassan
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Natalia Burkovsky
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Paul Jones
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Peter Hawley
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Rafael Berroa
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Shay Jones
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Thomas Shanahan
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Warren Faulkner
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Here is a gallery of photo’s taken on the day:

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Team Redbackracing thanks everyone who attended the track day and we look forward to seeing you all again soon!

Albins Performance Transmissions on board with Redback Racing

Albins Performance Transmissions on board with Redback Racing

Albins is the largest high performance gear manufacturer in the Southern Hemisphere and the control transmission supplier to V8 Supercars here in Australia. We are excited to have them on board to support us with their Albins 1st to 6th Gear upgrade for the R35 GTR. This is a product that Albins has literally sold 100’s of all around the world and is used in some of the fastest R35 GTR’s on the planet including some with over 1000 HP. Made right here in Australia, we are privileged to work with such a successful and innovative home grown product.”

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Lows and Highs in Rounds 1 and 2 of Qatar Touring Car Championship

Lows and Highs in Rounds 1 and 2 of Qatar Touring Car Championship

The first two rounds of the Qatar Touring Car Championship happened last weekend at Losail international circuit.  Unfortunately after Qualifying 4th the car developed an electrical fault on the start line and was pushed from the starting grid.  With this penalty applied and the car repaired for round 2 a strong start from the 11th place at the rear of the grid to the 3rd step of the podium as a satisfying end to a frustrating start of the championship.

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Targa Mechanical Failure Frustrations

Targa Mechanical Failure Frustrations

Targa Tasmania 2016 was an important milestone for the team.  It was Adam’s 10th Targa in a row and the 25th for the event as a whole.  It was also Ross Hynd’s first with the team.  The team spent many hours prior to the event testing and preparing the car for the event.

 

The first day of the event started extremely well with Adam and Ross tied in the lead of the GT4 category after missing a win in the street stage by 2 tenths of a second!

 

Days 2 and 3 saw the pairing finding their feet but always running in the top 5 or 6 cars consistently which landed them in 5th place.  Then on day 4 with some tuning changed done to the car the team start challenging for stage wins with a couple of 2nd’s and clawing towards 4th place with still around 50% of racing distance still in front of them.

 

Unfortunately, a podium finish was not going to happen at this event with the team halfway through a stage the gearbox failed and went into limp mode which meant the car was still mobile but not competitive in stages. With a lack of spares available in Tasmania for this specialized vehicle, it also meant a premature end to the event for the team.

 

A devastating result for the team that had so much bad luck previously and who were so well positioned at this event.

 

That being said there are many positive outcomes from this event that the team will bring into their next rally.

 

Finally, a big thank you to Ross Hynd who traveled from Scotland and swapped his normal seat in a WRC Hyundai in the Scottish Rally Championship to the teams GTR in Tasmania and proved more than capable of the switch.

 

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