Peter Dimmock Scores Win In Rally Queensland

Peter Dimmock Scores Win In Rally Queensland

Peter Dimmock Scores Win In Rally Queensland

Peter Dimmock emerged from the bushland of Gympie with a heat and overall class victory in Rally Queensland. He also added solid points to his Australian Rally Championship campaign.

The region, just 160kms north of Brisbane, played host to the third round of the Australian Rally Championship, with two competitive heats held over the weekend.

After extensive work on his Datsun 260Z, following some mechanical issues at the previous round in Perth, Dimmock eased into Heat 1, taking it relatively easy on Saturday morning’s loop through the day’s four stages.

This approach gave the Canberra locals a chance to get to grips with the conditions, which were particularly slippery this year, before attacking the stages during the afternoon’s second loop.

“I took it easy on the first run through the stages Saturday morning.” Said Dimmock.

“The roads were good but narrow in places with lots of bumps and jumps. Also, it was very slippery to start with until we got used to the conditions.”

“Then, on the second run through the day stages Saturday afternoon, we had a go.”

“The two local drivers were quick on the roads they knew quite well, but we finished just behind them in third at the end of Heat 1.”

Comfortable with the conditions, Dimmock pushed on to start Heat 2 on Sunday but was only able to match the pace of his local rivals.

However, mechanical issues caused the two Queensland-based crews to drop out of contention, handing Dimmock both the Heat and Overall victories for the round.

“We had a go on the first loop Sunday morning.” Dimmock continued.

“But in the afternoon, we were comfortably in second place, and I decided to back off a little bit and take it a bit easier on the second loop through the stages. We didn’t want to get a puncture.”

“Then, on the second last stage, I drove past Ryan and Holly, who had been in the lead, parked on the side of the stage with a mechanical issue, and I knew I was in for the win.“

Overall, it was a very good weekend for Dimmock and the crew. The effort to resolve the issues the Datsun struggled with in Perth paid immediate dividends.

“The Datsun performed faultlessly after our issues in Perth.” Said Dimmock following the event in Queensland.

“We put some extensive work into the car, and the car is now perfect.”

“We even stuck it on a dyno one on the way up to Queensland just to make sure we would not have any issues, and the car was just perfect all weekend.”

After the Heat and Overall win in Rally Queensland, Dimmock has now moved up to second in the 2WD Classic Cup points standings.

Dimmock will now turn his attention to repeating his performance at the next round of the Australian Rally Championship in Victoria, Rally Gippsland in August.

As always Peter would like to thank his supporters, Trailer Camper Australia, AusTrack Campers, CBR Sparkies Canberra, as well as the assistance from 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

Peter Dimmock Perseveres For Points In Forest Rally

Peter Dimmock Perseveres For Points In Forest Rally

Peter Dimmock Perseveres For Points In Forest Rally

Demonstrating remarkable resilience, Peter Dimmock overcame mechanical issues during the Forest Rally to secure valuable points in his Australian Rally Championship Classic Cup campaign.

Driving on the gravel roads of Nannup, just outside Busselton, the Canberran had to overcome braking issues and a broken wheel on his Datsun 260Z to complete the rally and score points.

In an event that saw many drivers strike difficulties, the troublesome run forced Dimmock to retire from Saturday’s running. But after overnight repairs was able to resume on Sunday to finish Heat 2 second in class, adding valuable points to his championship campaign.

“We didn’t have any problems in testing, but unfortunately, as soon as the competition started, we had brake issues straight away,” said Dimmock after the rally.

“Five to ten k’s into each stage, the brake pedal would go straight to the floor.”

“We pushed on, losing about a minute each stage, until we broke a wheel on SS5, the second run through Ellis, which forced us to retire from Saturday’s running.”

“Thankfully, we were able to fix the Datsun overnight, and we rejoined the event for the second heat on Sunday to complete the rally.”

Dimmock went on to finish second in class in Sunday’s Heat 2, adding 40 championship points to his total, allowing him to maintain third place in the championship standings after two events.

Despite the issues, Dimmock really enjoyed his time in Western Australia.

“It was a good rally, a well run event. A really good experience,” Dimmock continued.

“Saturday’s stages through the forest really suited my driving style.”

“Being the 30th car on the road meant the roads were already swept by the time I went through, which probably helped.”

“I really enjoyed the run through Helium (SS1 & SS4) on Saturday, the longest stage of the event.”

“Even just driving across the country to get to the event was a highlight. I really enjoyed it.”

Now that Peter has returned to his Canberra base, preparations have begun for the next event in Queensland.

“Now that we’re back, we’ve got a fair bit to work on with the Datsun,” Dimmock explained.

“We’ve already stripped the car. We’ll get to the bottom of the brake issues and a few other little things that presented themselves in WA.”

It’ll be a tight turnaround ahead of the next round of the Australian Rally Championship with Rally Queensland in Gympie, to be held June 28-30.

As always, Peter would like to thank his supporters, including Trailer Camper Australia, AusTrack Campers, CBR Sparkies Canberra, and the assistance of 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

RAM Motorsport Bounce Back With Win At The Bend

RAM Motorsport Bounce Back With Win At The Bend

RAM Motorsport Bounce Back With Win At The Bend

It was a successful second round of GT World Challenge Australia at The Bend Motorsport Park, which saw RAM Motorsport add the trophy cabinet.

Cool wintery conditions in regional South Australia didn’t deter the Sydney-based squad, who took their time warming up. Building up throughout the weekend to claim the victory in the second hour-long race of the weekend.

The cooler temps played a particular role in Saturday’s early morning qualifying sessions.

“It was really cold, so I took my time getting the car and tyres up to temp. And then I didn’t get a gap towards the end of the session to set a representative time,” said Michael Sheargold.

“That said, Garth did a sensational job in the second session, putting us in P2 overall.”

A front-row start in Saturday afternoon’s opening race of the weekend saw Garth Walden lead the charge, not only leading the Am Class in the early stages but the entire field with the pro drivers sitting out the first stint of the race.

With the pro drivers taking over during the pitstops, the RAM Motorsport Mercedes AMG started to drop down the overall standings but maintained the Am Class lead until an incident on the final lap of the race.

Unfortunately, contact on the run to the flag saw the AMG spin and drop down to finish third in class.

“Garth shot out of the blocks, took the lead, and gave us a nice gap,” said Sheargold after the race.

“The idea was for me to jump in and hopefully let the pros weave their way back through and hold the lead in the Am Class.”

“Unfortunately, we had contact on the very last lap while still in the lead, which sent us spinning, which dropped us down to the third.”

After an early morning go-kart race on Sunday, a refreshed and rejuvenated RAM Motorsport crew took an inspired approach to the second race of the weekend.

With a clear target in mind, the race win. The team took a calculated approach to ensure the race victory to round out the weekend.

“In Race 2, I had a job to do, which was to stay out of trouble. I did pretty well since there was trouble on the opening lap, and I went from sixteenth to ten,” said Sheargold.

“I wasn’t able to maintain that position the rest of the stint but kept hitting our lap time targets to put us in a spot to win once Garth got in.”

“We thought it might have been a bridge too far, but Garth managed to reel everyone in and got us the win, which is the first one we’ve had since 2022.”

Sheargold was happy with the team’s strong showing at The Bend Motorsport Park and is looking forward to building upon the result for the remainder of the season.

“Good to be back on the top step of the podium,” Sheargold continued.

“I think that puts us out front in the championship.”

“It’s not a big lead, and there are still quite a few rounds to go, so there is still lots to play for. But happy to be up the pointy end and looking forward to the next round.”

Sheargold and Walden hold a narrow 3-point advantage at the top of the Am Class standings after two rounds of the series.

The team will now prepare for the next GT World Challenge Australia round at Queensland Raceway, August 2-4.

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 Confident Around The Bend

RAM Motorsport Confident Around The Bend

RAM Motorsport Confident Around The Bend

RAM Motorsport pairing Michael Sheargold and Garth Walden are looking to build upon their solid start to the GT World Challenge Australia season so far at the next round at The Bend Motorsport Park this weekend.

A productive test at the South Australian venue in the lead-up to the 2024 season has the duo full of confidence heading into the second round. Although this weekend’s racing is scheduled to take place on the shorter West Circuit layout, practice will be crucial in adjusting to the tighter version of the track.

“We tested at The Bend earlier in the year, and that went really well,” said Sheargold in the lead-up to the weekend.

“We’re going to be racing on the West Circuit, so we are going to miss some of the corners.”

“We’ll need to tune the Mercedes AMG to the tighter layout during Friday’s practice sessions to make sure we’re dialled in for the rest of the weekend.”

“I’m really looking forward to getting out on track to experience something different on the shorter version of the circuit.”

This weekend marks a racing return to The Bend for the RAM Motorsport crew after their last race at the venue was cancelled due to excessive rain.

Sheargold and Walden finished second in class on Saturday’s first race of the weekend, while the bulk of Sunday’s running was cancelled due to the weather.

With a better forecast leading this weekend’s racing, the pair will be looking to finish on the podium in both hour-long GT World Challenge Australia races as part of the Shannons SpeedSeries round just outside of Tailem Bend.

On-track action commences this weekend with two hour-long practice sessions on Friday (May 31st) ahead of qualifying on Saturday morning. The weekend’s two races will be broadcast live and free on 7plus.

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.

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