Mt Baw Baw Wrap-up – Electrical Gremlin almost steals the show

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.

Best result so far for team

Best result so far for team

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

KICK off to 2018 Season!

KICK off to 2018 Season!

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.

2017 Championship WON!

2017 Championship WON!

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.

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Snowy River Sprint 2017 – Another 2nd in Class

Snowy River Sprint 2017 – Another 2nd in Class

The team ran yet another 2nd in class at this weekends Snowy River Spinrt held in Victoria at Lakes Entrance.

Unfortunately the team had some issues that effected performance for most of day 1 which unfortunately meant that times were effected and they slipped down to 12th position overall and 2nd in class.

On the Sunday the team left the service park with a well performing car that unfortunately was not going to run in the remainder of the event as the event was cancelled due to bush fires closing in.

These points will be valuable in the hunt for the championship title where the team are in the top 10 overall and second in class.

Adam and Lee would again like to thanks team sponsors, family and helpers. Also a special call out to Reno Tech who have build a great new car for the team.

Lake Mountain Sprint 2017

Lake Mountain Sprint 2017

The team had another successful outing in the Renotech prepared Renault Clio RS220.

The team were hoping for some rain during the event which did not eventuate.

The team again finished 2nd in showroom 2wd which was a solid result.

Some good learning’s in terms of some car setup changes will happen now before the 3rd round of the Australian Tarmac Rally Championship – Snowy River Sprint in September.

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Great Tarmac Rally – Reconnaissance

Great Tarmac Rally – Reconnaissance

In our preparations for our new Australian Tarmac Rally round, Great Tarmac Rally is based around Marysville in Victoria and will be happening of the weekend of the 10th and 11th of December 2016.

Adam and Lee were out on Saturday 26th November running through the course and getting ready for what we expect to be a fantastic event!

 

Redbackracing’s launch attack for 2017 championship

Redbackracing’s launch attack for 2017 championship

Redbackracing, past winners of the showroom category in the Australian Targa Championship, are now eyeing the only Tarmac Rally championship currently in operation in Australia – the Australian Tarmac Rally Championship, run by Mountain Motorsports, Victoria.

The team plans 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 Rally on 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 be both 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 Impressions Australia, Cyara, Albins Performance 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.

For further information, please contact: Adam Spence
Redbackracing
Ph: +61 414 207 341
Email: Adam@redbackracing.com.au

 

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Team Redback Racing Season 2013/14 Wrap Up

Team Redback Racing 2013/14 Season Wrap Up

The big question as the two car Redback Racing Team started a very wet Targa Adelaide back in August was could we score one and two in the 2013/14 Australian Targa Championship. We are excited to report that not only did the two car team get one and two but interestingly, a mid season driver change saw them also clinch third.

We started our quest in the picturesque Adelaide Hills. Targa Adelaide although a long running event, saw both crews competing here for this first time and the conditions thrown at us were challenging to say the least. The roads were wet, windy and slippery (with one stage aptly named the Corkscrew). Driver, Bunjamin Noor and co-driver, Lee Challoner-Miles were pushing hard and had a couple of near misses in the tricky competition sections where they luckily avoided any serious damage to the car. Some crews weren’t so lucky with many crashing out of the event. Some would say it was carnage out there. Fortunately both Redback Racing crews survived the four day event with driver, Adam Spence and co-driver, Erin Kelly claiming first place and maximum championship points with team mates Noor and Challoner-Miles coming a close second.

Next, we made our way to Mount Buller in the heart of the breathtaking Victorian High Country. Being November, you would expect the snow to be long gone however at an altitude of 1,804 metres the conditions on the mountain were freezing with snow still falling and the fireplaces in the alpine lodges burning bright. Thankfully, it was a little warmer once we had raced down the mountain and enjoyed the roads of the Victorian High Country in the lovely sunshine. One of the favourite events of the championship sees us race up the iconic Mount Buller stage. This year, we saw 4 seasons in the 18km climb. The sunshine and dry conditions at the bottom of the mountain gave the crews confidence to push hard however conditions quickly changed to rain, to sleet then to snow catching some out and ending their event. The team of Spence and Kelly won their second showroom win in a row and their second victory at Targa High Country. It was also very exciting to see the team of Noor and Challoner-Miles step up to the second step of the podium for the first time at this event but also for the second time this season.

In February, we competed at Targa Wrest Point in the rolling hills and mountain roads to the south of Hobart, Tasmania and the scenic Huon Valley.  We welcomed a new driver to the Redback Racing Team, Andrew Bollom (former Redback Racing Service Crew Manager and competitor), replacing Noor who disappointingly couldn’t commit to the remainder of the season. This event last year saw Adam and Erin lose their wheel on the Airwalk stage putting them out of contention however this year, nuts were checked and then checked again with no chance of history repeating. Both teams thrived in the perfect conditions again, finishing one and two with Spence and Kelly on the top step and Bollom and Challoner-Miles second, making it a hat trick of one and twos for the team.

The last and most grueling event of the championship was the world famous Targa Tasmania, the ultimate tarmac rally. The six day marathon event sees crews travel from Launceston to Strahan then down to Hobart. It is a true test of man and machine. Unfortunately on day one Spence and Kelly came off the road and had to be recovered by their service crew. As a result they incurred a hefty time penalty of 40 minutes meaning their hopes of a clean sweep were dashed. The car suffered some mechanical damage however was still able to be driven meaning they could get to the end in Hobart to score championship points, albeit in third place. Bollom and Challoner-Miles very nearly suffered the same fate on the very same corner with a hair raising moment however kept it on the road and drove their way to Hobart, holding first place for the duration of the event. Bollom and Challoner-Miles set an impressive top 20 outright result, a testament to driver, co-driver and the Renault Megane.

We had moments of joy and sheer frustration over the season however we knew it was never going to be easy. Like a well-oiled machine, drivers, co-drivers and service crew worked hard in their roles, each with their own strengths, and came together to rise above the challenges they were faced. The hard work and determination paid off and we were ultimately successful.

Final championship point scores

Position Driver Co-driver Vehicle Points
1 Adam Spence Erin Kelly 2013 Renault Megane RS265 231
2 Andrew Bollom Lee Challoner-Miles 2011 Renault Megane RS250 160
3 Bunjamin Noor Lee Challoner-Miles 2011 Renault Megane RS250 125

 

Justin Hocevar, Managing Director Renault Australia, said: “I’d like to personally extend my congratulations on behalf of Renault Australia to Adam Spence and the team at Red Back Racing.  It has been thrilling to see the dynamic Renault Sport Megane dominant throughout the championship and this sensational effort has been rewarded with a convincing series win.”

As a team, we would like to take this opportunity to thank our many sponsors, supporters, family and friends. You are what make this journey such a thrilling and special one to be a part of and couldn’t do it without you.

As for our plans for next season – watch this space. You won’t be disappointed!

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