Blue Takes the Spotlight: Welcoming Cyara as Our Premier Sponsor
We are thrilled to announce Cyara as our new primary sponsor, joining our esteemed lineup of supporters who make this event possible. We extend our heartfelt appreciation to JK Engraving and Signs for their exceptional car wrap!
Although the car’s debut didn’t unfold exactly as planned, we embarked on The Great Tarmac Rally based in Marysville Victoria, on Saturday 21st October with the intention of easing back into the vehicle after extensive pre-rally modifications.
Unfortunately, as the day neared its conclusion at the final rest stop, we encountered a significant oil leak. Thanks to the generous assistance from another team’s service crew, we were able to refill the oil and return to the competition running through the final stage of the day. Regrettably, this incident led to internal engine damage, ultimately forcing us to make the tough decision to withdraw from the event.
The required repairs are already underway and we look forward to the car being ready for our next event.
Please click here to see the gallery of photos from the event.
As always our thanks go out to our sponsors and support crew to enable us to participate in the sport that we are so passionate about.
Targa Tasmania 2019, 1st & 2nd in Class, 5th & 6th in Category!
The cars of Adam Spence & Lee Challoner-Miles, Andrew Bollom & Ryan Preston competed in this years Targa Tasmania 2019. The event known as the ultimate tarmac rally, lived up to its namesake this year, with weather conditions that would test the most experienced of drivers and navigators.
The first day of the six day competition, saw the crews test there cars on three stages North of Launceston as a shakedown and to set the starting order for the subsequent day with very little between the two RBR cars and the early front runners of the Early Modern category that the team were competing within.
As with previous years day two stages were based in the central northern area of Tasmania with the largest and last stage of the day Mountain Rolland providing a real chance to race the cars over a greater distance (27kms). Andrew & Ryan were edging out a lead over Adam & Lee by increasing their lead through each stage with just a few seconds separating the two RX8’s.
Day three was when the weather turned on the competitors, torrential rain set in and made the racing conditions challenging due to the amount of rain fall but a number of the stages reduced visibility through dense fog added to the level of difficulty of completing the stages while trying to compete with tough competition from other cars in the category. It was the Cethana stage where Adam & Lee took full advantage of their combined experience and Adam’s ability to still be very competitive in such challenging weather conditions, so much so they took a 1 min 38 second lead on their sister car of Andrew & Ryan and also were in the top rankings of all cars competing.
The forth and fifth days had similar conditions and the two redback racing cars would continue to drive hard and the time difference on each stage was between 1 and 5 seconds, showing how the freshly built RX8’s were a competitively built car and how when the cars were being driven to their best, could compete with cars ten times their value.
The final day of Targa Tasmania 2019 had the teams race around the Southern Hobart region, while Adam and Lee retained a 1 minute lead, the weather again caused havoc with changing conditions within stages, which continued to make such challenging conditions that competitors would make mistakes and unfortunately not complete the rally, this was not the case for the two redback racing RX8’s as Adam & Lee finished by winning their Class and coming 5th in the Early Modern category, Andrew and Ryan were not far behind finishing 2nd in class and 6th in category, with a gap of just 48 seconds separating the two, when considering the amount of distance they had both raced over the prior 6 days is testament to the sheer determination of both crews and the quality of the build of the two Mazda RX8’s.
The team would like to thank all of their sponsors who helped make this happen and fulfil an achievement of a two car team competing day in and day out throughout the beautiful Tasmania countryside and both being able to finish in the world’s longest tarmac rally.
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The team spent a great deal of efforts over the break period to do a number of upgrades on the car. These upgrades ended up being successful and the team featured a number of top 10 outright times and ended up with a 12th outright result and win in showroom 2WD.
The rain on day 2 of the event helped the team achieve these results.
This leaves the team in the lead of the 2018 championship in showroom 2WD with 1 round to go on the 13th and 14th of October.
2018 season is go!! The team are launching their new livery and team uniforms this weekend in Victoria at the first round of the championship. We are also very excited to announce some new sponsors for this season to sit along site our existing gold sponsors Cyara and Corporate Impressions Australia. For this season the team would like to welcome City Generators, Syzmik Workwear and Datagames as new sponsors. Sitting along side RenoTech and Odyssey Batteries.
The new Livery was applied by Wrapstyle Sydney who have done an amazing job to transform the appearance of the 2015 Clio RS.
A great deal of work has been put in by the team at RenoTech to try and improve the performance of the car with some mild enhancements performed over the New Year break.
As always a huge thank you to all our sponsors and crew in getting us to this point.
The final round of the 2017 championship was a success for the team taking second place at the rally and in doing so taking out the 2WD Showroom Category in the Australian Tarmac Rally Championship. The team would like to thank everybody involved in giving us the opportunity to compete in the 2017 season where the team secured 4 second positions.
Redbackracing’s launch attack for 2017 championship
Redbackracing, past winners of the showroom category in the Australian Targa Championship, are now eyeing the onlyTarmac Rally championship currently in operation in Australia – the Australian Tarmac Rally Championship, run by Mountain Motorsports, Victoria.
The teamplans 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 Rallyon 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 beboth 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 ImpressionsAustralia, Cyara, AlbinsPerformance 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.
Irvine rally ace Ross Hynd set to join Redbackracing for Targa Tasmania 2016
As the team complete final preparations for Targa Tasmania 2016 starting in just over one week, news has broken in the UK that Irvine rally ace Ross Hynd is set to Join Adam Spence in the Redbackracing Nissan GTR R35.
Ross spoke to Scottish tabloid newspaper Daily record of his excitement in competing in the world’s longest tarmac rally.
As Adam got more familiar with the Albert Park circuit the lap times got faster, with the quickest times set on the Saturday session just before the rain set in.
The F1 GP for all of those who saw it was a great event for all Australian’s, it was a fantastic way to open the new F1 season with all of the challenges of the new F1 car configuration and here’s hoping that Daniel does get to keep his first podium.
Our car 922 performed faultlessly throughout and was driven back to Sydney at the completion of the event! A big thank you to some special people that helped drive the car back.
Efforts now turn to the preparation of both cars for the final round of the championship, Targa Tasmania 2014 – the ultimate tarmac rally!
Over the past two days the team have been able to take two of the Cyara team around the Melbourne F1 track, Cyara have been a sponsor of the team for a number of years. Adam added “It has been an amazing experience to be able to drive around such an amazing track that is only available for 4 days a year.”