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.
2018 Showroom 2WD, Australian Tarmac Rally Champions
The team are chuffed to announce that that is back to back championships for team Redback Racing.
Day one say us punching well above our weight, mixing it with the big boys in Evo X’s, Audi TTRS’s and chasing the 5.0L Shelby Mustang. All this whilst competing in possibly the worlds longest single day of tarmac racing – all 186km’s of it. The little Clio was well suited to the undulating roads throughout the Victorian High Country.
Day two, was….. more challenging, with long fast straights, suited more to our higher horse powered competitors. And whilst the Clio had some issues with breaking, we doubled down knowing the championship was at stake.
So all in all, a terrific weekend and year of racing, finishing 2nd in class and 13th outright today, which makes it two firsts and two seconds to win the 2wd Australian Tarmac Rally Championship. A huge thanks to everyone who has supported us this year.
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 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.
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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.
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.
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.
Targa Tasmania was definitely an event of highs and lows for the whole team. The highs were; the pace we had from the start of the event, in only the second running of the car and also our debut of the CR9 Carbon Revolution 20 inch wheels. They really transformed the car and especially on some of bumpy roads throughout Tasmania, the wheels made a significant performance improvement.
Another high was working with such a great team that worked like clockwork!
Obviously, it was a huge disappointment to leave the event midway through. A tough pill to swallow with everything running so well to that point. We have learn’t from that experience and will come back stronger with an aim to have the same pace coupled with greater consistency. We will work hard over the coming months to repair our car and team Redbackracing will be back stronger than ever!
Watch this space!
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Redback Racing to make history in Targa Tasmania 2015!
On Monday the 27th of April 2015, Adam Spence, Erin Kelly and the team at Redback Racing will enter the record books, being the first race team to run their Nissan R35 GTR with a one piece, full carbon fibre wheel set. These wheels, produced by Carbon Revolution of Geelong, Australia, are the world’s first aftermarket carbon fibre automotive wheel.
The Redback Racing team have been working along side the Australian owned and operated Carbon Revolution on the fitment of a wheel suitable for their GTR.
Adam Spence, team principle, said “We did some early testing on the wheels and you could feel the difference immediately, completely changing the dynamics of the car. Acceleration and breaking performances were improved over our old aluminium wheels due to dramatic weight savings, the Carbon Revolution CR-9 has improved the overall wheel and tyre combination, which makes such a difference to the cars handling”
“We know we still have more to learn about the GTR and what it is capable of and after a solid 5th outright at Targa High Country in November last year, which was our first outing in the car, we know that running such a great product will help us gain those precious seconds needed on every stage to be competitive again this year”.
Brett Gass, Executive Director of Carbon Revolution said “Our partnership with Redback Racing has been a tremendous project for Carbon Revolution. We have been looking for the opportunity to work with an innovative racing team to prove our wheel technology in the harshest conditions possible. We are looking forward to supporting Redback Racing as they strive for great success in this world famous race”
The team at Redback Racing would once again like to take this opportunity to thank all of their support team and our major sponsors Vivant, Corporate Impressions Australia, Cyara, Hi-Tec Batteries, Motul as well as Oracle Creative, Cartek, JustJap, Freem, Styling Spacing Spaces, Renotech and Nuance.
Geelong, Australia, based Carbon Revolution has designed, engineered and manufactures the world’s first carbon fibre automotive wheel. The Carbon Revolution team includes former senior engineers and manufacturing executives from global automakers and suppliers, R&D specialists from the aircraft industry, industrial composites manufacturing specialists and numerous PhDs with materials and structures expertise. Carbon Revolution has utilised this team’s depth of experience and knowledge to develop proprietary and patented processes that are literally revolutionising the wheel industry.
Carbon Revolution, as a global leader in composite technology, has key technology development partnerships with Deakin University and RMIT in Australia, which are both recognised in their respective fields of materials sciences and aerospace technology. The company has met global automaker standards for component supply to ensure a world-class approach to quality and process control. Carbon Revolution’s automotive carbon fiber wheel technology is proven to improve performance and efficiency and the company is working with key partners to develop aerospace, military and industrial vehicle applications to take vehicle performance and efficiency to new levels. “PERFORMANCE IS EVERYTHING. EFFICIENCY IS EVERYTHING ELSE.”