Phillip Island Points Haul for RAM Motorsport

Phillip Island Points Haul for RAM Motorsport

Phillip Island Points Haul for RAM Motorsport

Phillip Island threw a little bit of everything at the RAM Motorsport crew for the opening round of GT World Challenge Australia 2024.

Mixed weather and mixed results kept the crew on their toes all weekend, but a solid points haul sees Michael Sheargold and Garth Walden sit in second place in the Am Class standings after Round 1.

The theme for the weekend was set early, with light rain interrupting practice, particularly the second hour-long practice session on Friday. While it was raining, it wasn’t wet enough to run the wet tyre option, but far too wet for the slick dry tyres. A persistentinsy on and off weather pattern that would continue for the remainder of the weekend.

“We were fighting the conditions all weekend,” said Sheargold.

“When it rained, it wasn’t proper wet, especially not wet enough to run the wet tyres. But it was far riskier to drive around on slick tyres.”

“It made things tricky, especially when it happened during the races. But I learnt a lot driving in the changeable conditions.”

The opening race of the weekend was strong for the RAM Motorsport crew. Ultimately, the hour-long race was cut 8 minutes short by a red flag. But a strong drive from both Sheargold and Walden saw the pairing cross the line second in the Am Class and tenth outright.

“Our first race went relatively smoothly. The mixed conditions made it a little bit tough, but Garth had the worst of it.

“We had a sprinkle of rain in my stint, and I was probably a little over cautious. But I was able to chip away at it and make up most of the lost time.

“Garth had a stop start stint with more rain and a few safety cars, before the race was stopped.”

“But it was a strong race for us, finishing second in class and starting our championship campaign strong.”

Things took a turn in the second race of the weekend. Starting on the pole in the Am-Class field, contact at the start of the race sent Garth flying, literally, off the circuit.

The contact and off-track excursion damaged the team’s Mercedes AMG, and Walden limped it back to the pits for a quick repair.

Resuming the race a couple of laps down, Walden and Sheargold drove consistently in a damaged car to finish and collect precious championship points.

“In the second race, there was nothing that Garth could have done differently, and after that, it was a rescue mission,” Sheargold continued.

“The contact at the start sent him flying, literally, but he got the car back, and the GWR boys did a great job fixing it up and getting us back in the race.”

“After the contact, the car was ordinary. We had to battle heaps of understeer, especially in the parts of the track that are usually flat, so we lost a lot of time.”

“But we limped around and stayed out of everyone’s way to get some points.”

“At least we made the highlights reel!”

After the opening round of GT World Challenge Australia, the RAM Motorsport team sits second in the Am-Class standings.

“Bagging points in Sunday’s race, despite the early contact, means we are second in the class standings after the first round,” continued Sheargold.

“I’m really looking forward to getting to The Bend for the next round and featuring on both race podiums.”

The Bend Motorsport Park in South Australia hosts the second round of GT World Challenge Australia, May 31-June 2.

As always, Michael would like to extend his thanks to all of RAM Motorsport’s partners and supporters, including Oilstar Racing Brake Fluid, Jayco Sydney, Royal Purple, Quest Apartments, Dexion Victoria, Alex Bryden Architecture, Ready Set Redline, Omologato watches and Purfit covers.

RAM Motorsport chasing GT World Challenge Australia Am Title in 2024

RAM Motorsport chasing GT World Challenge Australia Am Title in 2024

RAM Motorsport chasing GT World Challenge Australia Am Title in 2024

RAM Motorsport duo Michael Sheargold and Garth Walden are targeting the GT World Challenge Australia Am class title heading into this weekend’s round at Phillip Island.

After finishing second in 2022 and third in 2023, the pairing is looking to complete the set with a class victory at the conclusion of this year’s campaign.

Confident off the back of productive testing in the lead-up to the team’s first GT event of the season, they understand the challenge ahead with a with great depth of talented Am Class driver pairings in the class again this year. However, the RAM Motorsport crew feel they are best prepared for the season ahead.

“I’m looking forward to getting into it this weekend at Phillip Island,” said Sheargold.

“We’ve had good testing in the lead-up to our first event of the year. I’m feeling confident about my improvement and pace heading into this season.”

“I’d be very happy to get a result. It’s going to be a very competitive Am class, but we’re working to win it this year having already finished second and third in the class.”

This year’s GT World Challenge Australia campaign for the RAM Motorsport crew gets underway at the scenic Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit.

Sheargold is looking forward to heading to the Victorian venue this weekend, as it is ideally suited to GT3 machinery.

“Phillip Island is a stunning location for a racetrack, not that you get time to take in the views while on track,” Sheargold continued.

“It’s just a good spot to be and a great place to race GT cars. It’s fast and flowing, and you can really lean on the aero through the corners.”

RAM Motorsport would also like to welcome new partners Oilstar Racing Brake Fluid and Jayco Sydney for coming on board in 2024.

GT World Challenge Australia on-track action commences Friday, April 12th, with two 1-hour practice sessions ahead of qualifying and Race 1 on Saturday and Race 2 on Sunday afternoon.

Peter Dimmock – Home Podium To Start ARC Campaign

Peter Dimmock – Home Podium To Start ARC Campaign

Peter Dimmock – Home Podium To Start ARC Campaign

Canberra local Peter Dimmock finished second in class in a weather-interrupted opening round of the Australian Rally Championship over the weekend.

Held on roads that Dimmock knows well, Rally Canberra played host to the season opener of the Australian Rally Championship; however, heavy rainfall limited the event to just a single day of running.

Despite Saturday’s stages being cancelled due to the weather, Dimmock pushed hard when the event did commence Sunday morning in his pursuit of victory in the Two-Wheel Drive Classic Cup class.

“On Sunday’s first run, we ended up off the road about five times,” said Dimmock.

“I was pushing hard, and it was super slippery after all the rain. I was also still getting used to being back in the Datsun.

“So, we lost a bit of time on the opening stage. But after that, we got into a rhythm and on the second pass through the stages, we were able to make up some ground to finish second in class.”

It was a solid result for Dimmock, who is not only looking to complete a full Australian Rally Championship campaign for the first time but also take the title in the Two-Wheel Drive Classic Cup class. Something he is looking to achieve in his freshly rebuilt Datsun 240Z.

“It was a great debut for the rebuilt car,” Dimmock continued.

“I was still a little bit rusty with it in the opening stages, but once we did that second pass on Sunday afternoon, everything was starting to feel familiar again.”

“It was really good to get reacquainted with Datsun after driving a couple of different cars in recent rallies, especially the four-wheel-drive turbo car.”

“We still need to do a little bit of development with the car, but we’ll work on that in the lead-up to the next event in Perth.”

While the weather limited the event to just six stages on Sunday, Dimmock was thankful to the rally organisers for their efforts in getting the event running.

“It was a very well-run event, and the organisers did a great job getting it running despite the challenging conditions that cancelled all of Saturday’s running,” said Dimmock.

The focus for the team now turns to the next round of the Australian Rally Championship in Western Australia, Forrest Rally, May 17-19.

As always Peter would thank his supporters, including Trailer Camper Australia, CBR Sparkies Canberra and Stew Wilkins S. W. Motorsport in Sydney.

2024 Bosch Motorsport Australia Rally Championship Calendar

Round 1 – Rally of Canberra (ACT)– April 5-7
Round 2 – Forrest Rally (WA)– May 17-19
Round 3 – Rally of Queensland (QLD)– June 28-30
Round 4 – Gippsland Rally (VIC)– August 9-11
Round 5 – Adelaide Hills Rally (SA) – September 13-15
Round 6 – Rally Launceston (TAS) – November 22-24

Jayden Ojeda Recruited Into Tigani Motorsport GT World Challenge Australia program

Jayden Ojeda Recruited Into Tigani Motorsport GT World Challenge Australia program

Jayden Ojeda Recruited Into Tigani Motorsport GT World Challenge Australia program

Fresh off the back of his back-to-back Bathurst 6 Hour win, Jayden Ojeda is excited to announce that he has been recruited to join Tigani Motorsport’s Fanatec GT World Challenge Australia campaign.

The Sydney-based racer will join Paul Lucchitti as one of three entries in the series from the Wollongong-based squad.

Ojeda will add his recent international experience with Mercedes AMG GT3 to Lucchitti’s campaign, with the gentlemen racer making the step up from Trophy Class with a full-season campaign in Pro Am in 2024.

“I’m looking forward to furthering my GT development here in Australia with Paul Luchitti and Tigani Motorsport.” said Ojeda.

“I’ve really enjoyed where GT racing has taken me so far and I’m looking forward to what we can accomplish together as a team throughout the year.”

“Paul is seriously committed to his driving and all aspects of improving his driving, which makes working with him such an enjoyable experience.”

“I’ve had a lot of experience as of late in a Mercedes GT3 so I’m looking forward to putting what I’ve learnt into the program and ensure we put our best foot forward.”

Ojeda’s recent GT experience includes starts in Asian Le Mans Series and Bathurst 12 Hour with Craft Bamboo Racing and competing in the Mercedes-AMG Customer Racing Young Driver Test. As well as competing in last year’s Fanatec GT World Challenge Australia with Volante Rosso.

“I’ve really enjoyed the international GT scene with Asian Le Mans at the end of last year and the Repco Bathurst 12 Hour alongside Craft Bamboo Racing was an awesome experience for me.” Ojeda continued

“I continue to push and further that side of my career while keeping myself busy in Australia it’s all positive for me.”

“I really like the way Paul goes about his racing, he’s very measured and calculated, which is good to see from someone fairly fresh in the sport. I think he’ll develop throughout the year and get stronger no doubt about it.”

“He’s committed with testing, which is great as between Paul and Nathan, they’ve put together an awesome program to grow the team over the past couple of years. It’s good for Tigani Motorsport to have a Pro-Am entry as well for the full-season.”
“For me, if I’m driving a lot I feel like I’m at my best. To come off the back of a Bathurst 6 Hour win, you do a fair few miles and to drive really, really well was a big confidence boost for the rest of the regular calendar year of racing. It puts me in good stead to continue the momentum.”

“I think it’s going to be one of the most competitive seasons of Fanatec GT World Challenge Australia ever both in the Am and Pro-Am sides of the field. There is plenty of depth, which is good and at the end of the day we want to be tested against the best, so it will be a good year.”

The opening round of the 2024 Fanatec GT World Challenge Australia powered by AWS season will be held at Phillip Island on April 12-14 as part of the Shannons SpeedSeries.

Dimmock Commits To ARC Campaign In 2024

Dimmock Commits To ARC Campaign In 2024

Dimmock Commits To ARC Campaign In 2024

Peter Dimmock has committed to competing in the full Australian Rally Championship in 2024 for the first time.

At 59, Dimmock plans to participate in every championship round this year to tick the box before he turns 60.

A determined and experienced competitor, the Canberra local, won’t just be looking to make up the numbers. Following a complete rebuild of his Datsun 240Z, he will also be out to win the Classic 2WD class this year.

Giving his campaign an early boost, the opening round of this year’s championship will take place on roads Dimmock knows well, with Rally Canberra moved to the season opener this year.

Having started his rallying career in 1983, the experienced local rally driver has spent the majority of his life competing on the roads in and around the ACT in a variety of national, state, and club-level events over the years.

“Canberra is a home event for me,” said Dimmock.

“I grew up driving here, so I know the roads extremely well.”

“Back in 1997, I finished 7th outright in FIA Rally of Canberra driving a Mitsubishi Lancer Evo II.”

“More recently, I drove the Ford Fiesta last year and finished fourth in the 2WD Cup class.”

Teamed up with experienced co-driver Paul Bennett this year, the pair will compete in Dimmock’s completely rebuilt Datsun 240Z following a crash in the Narooma Forest Rally back in May.

The classic Datsun is the same car in which Dimmock finished runner-up in the 2019 New South Wales Rally Championship’s Classics class. It returns to action after being fully rebuilt from the firewall forward following a 10G crash during last year’s Clubman Rally Series event.

The family-run team based in Canberra is changing its focus. Peter’s son, James Dimmock, will take a break from ARC competition in 2024 to focus on his newly started business. However, expect to see James at select rally events later in the year.

Peter would thank his supporters, including Trailer Camper Australia, CBR Sparkies Canberra and Stew Wilkins S. W. Motorsport in Sydney.

The Australian Rally Championship commences with the Rally of Canberra, April 5-7.

2024 Bosch Motorsport Australia Rally Championship Calendar

Round 1 – Rally of Canberra (ACT)– April 5-7
Round 2 – Forrest Rally (WA)– May 17-19
Round 3 – Rally of Queensland (QLD)– June 28-30
Round 4 – Gippsland Rally (VIC)– August 9-11
Round 5 – Adelaide Hills Rally (SA) – September 13-15
Round 6 – Rally Launceston (TAS) – November 22-24

Tigani Motorsport Secures Double Podium at Mount Panorama

Tigani Motorsport Secures Double Podium at Mount Panorama

Tigani Motorsport Secures Double Podium at Mount Panorama

Tigani Motorsport has once again delivered on the international stage with a double-class podium result at the Bathurst 12 Hour over the weekend.

The Wollongong-based squad’s two entries in the annual once-around-the-clock endurance race at the iconic Mount Panorama circuit earned second and third places in the Silver Class and secured an impressive 14th and 15th outright.

It was an outstanding result for the team, who were competing amongst a host of international teams and drivers, with Bathurst 12 Hour also serving at the opening round of the Intercontinental GT Challenge.

In the Valmont-backed Audi, Marcel Zalloua, Sergio Pires, Luke Youlden and Brad Shiels showed a strong pace for the first 8 hours of the race, not only leading Silver Class but also regularly featuring in the top ten overall.

Unfortunately, when the rain arrived, an electrical issue with the Audi’s rain light saw the Valmont entry lose a few laps while rectifying the issue. Bouncing back with a solid drive in the final hours of the race to secure second place in class.

On the other side of the garage in the Supabarn-backed Mercedes AMG, clean and consistent drives from James Koundouris and Theo Koundouris, backed up by David Russell and Jonathon Webb, allowed them to recover from being spun at Forrest Elbow by a rival car early in the race to take the final spot on the podium in the Silver Class.

The spin put the Mercedes down a lap early in the race, but they continued to push on to finish just behind the Valmont Audi.

Following the Bathurst 12 Hour, Team Owner Nathan Tigani was proud of the result of his team against manufacturer-backed international GT teams.

“It’s a good weekend when you’ve got two cars of the podium at Mount Panorama,” said Tigani.

“The Valmont guys, Marcel, Sergio, Luke and Brad, were near faultless all weekend.”

“It was a great drive by the boys, especially Luke, to come back from the small setback with the rain light failure.”

“If it wasn’t for that, I think we would have been right in the mix for top ten outright.”

“While the Koundouris boys in the Supabarn entry were consistently improving all weekend. Backed up by D Rus and Jono, they kept building throughout practice and the race.”

“I am so proud of all the guys and girls here at Tigani for all their efforts ensuring we had two well-prepared, fast race cars at Bathurst.”

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