Thursday night a week before Christmas… team Redback Racing had a night out at Sydney Motorsport Park, to enter the first round of the Whiteline Twighlight Rally Series. The team were joined by our friends from Bahco and PumpCX for the ride of their life!
The guests got t0 experience the opportunity to learn how to navigate using pace notes and then put them in action around the Sydney Motorsport park stage under lights.
Team Redback racing will be back for on the 10th February at Sydney Motorsport Park! If you can join us please come along and enjoy the action!
Until then, Adam Lee and all of Redback Racing team wish you all a Very Merry Christmas and a Safe, Happy New Year! See you in 2022!!
The team from Redbackracing again took on the challenge of Targa Tasmania in April of 2021, competing in the Dutton’s Garage Early Modern 2 wheel drive category. This year competing in the BMW M3 CSL that was built and prepared through the COVID 19 Pandemic, which caused its challenges, but the car was setup for the tough challenge that was to be faced while racing throughout Tasmania in the worlds longest Tarmac Rally.
The car ran really well through the first two days, as the crew go to grips with the new power and control changes since stepping into the BMW. Day 3 the service team were called into action with overnight work to repair suspension lines that had worn against the rear wheels. While a challenge to get fixed with no garages open, the car was back racing the next morning.
Conditions throughout the event were very mixed with rain showing an apperance every day throughout. The latter stage of the rally of the final two days, unfortunately led to the passing of three fellow competitors. Shane Navin passed away on the fifth day while tackling the Mt Arrowsmith stage. While Leigh Mundy and former Redbackracing team member Dennis Neagle passed away on the Cygnet stage of Day 6. Our thoughts and prayers remain with Shane, Leigh and Dennis’s family, while time passes memories will not fade of our fellow competitors, Rest in Peace.
The BMW finised the race in fine form, having spent the majority of the race tusseling with Henry and Henry in their Porsche Cayman for third spot. In the final stages throughout Southern Tasmaina the BMW helped the crew get into 2nd spot, but unfortunately the stages were downgraded based on the accident that had occured, so the team finished in a very worth 3rd position, with the passing of the colleaugues there was not celebration or podium but instead all competitors spent time with each other and their familes.
An inquest was performed on Targa Tasmania and some further safety recommendations were put forward and the Targa leadership team have put these into place for all future Targa Events. With further COVID lockdowns all other events were delayed or could not be reached due to border crossings, so we await 2022 when Redbackracing will be back at Targa High Country.
Well 2020 certainly has been an “unprescedented” year… so with restrictions lifting in NSW, the North Shore Sporting Car Club’s Twilight Rallies at Sydney motorsport park were able to run in November and December. So after not having the opportunity to get out racing all year the Redbackracing team of Adam Spence and Lee Challoner-Miles, supported by Steve Clarke and Wayne Lardner, grasped the chance to go and take the RBR Renault Clio out.
The November event was well attended with 97 cars and the Clio did well for its first time out in a couple of years. Racing against a wide variety of cars from many classes and categories, finishing 33rd was a respectable result for the team.
When the December event came around, while there were still over 90 competitors, the conditions changed… the race was suspended for an hour due to an lightening storm and torrential rains, the course had to be cleared as there was so much lying rain, but after that the team got the car back out and didn’t miss a beat, finishing 27th and still the opportunity to improve further!
The twilght rallies continue again in the beginning of 2021, so watch this space for more updates!
The team at Redbackracing, would like to thank all of our sponsors and wish everyone a happy Christmas and a Safe New Year, we look forward to seeing you all in 2021!
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.
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.
Mt Baw Baw Wrap-up – Electrical Gremlin almost steals the show
Mt Baw Baw Rally is an event where the tight and twisty roads really suit the teams Renault Clio RS220.
On the Saturday the team ran solid top 10 times and captured the lead of showroom 2wd.
Then just before lunch on the Sunday the team half way through a stage collected a large stick under the car that dislodges some of the car wiring which meant the car was not able to select a gear.
With some quick thinking and reaction time from the service crew they arrived at the car and made some quick repairs. These repairs allowed the team to compete the final stage of the event and take out the Showroom 2wd category to put us in the lead of the 2018 championship.
The rally last weekend was the teams best performance to date with 6th outright out of 33 starters and 2nd in 2wd Showroom, as well as taking out the Championships first Renault Cup.
The wet weather conditions on Saturday really suited the Clio well, the team where very happy that a couple of long standing small issues with the car, where ironed out over the course of the weekend which will help provide confidence in the car for the coming rounds of the championship.
The team are now really looking forward to the second rally of the year, Mt Baw Baw a team favourite happening on the 10th and 11th of March if you are in the area come and say hi!!!
As always a high thank you to the team and sponsors. Credit for the photos from the event go to S&M Media
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.