Round 1 of the Dunlop Super 2 Series kicks off this weekend at the Thrifty Bathurst 500, with Jordyn Sinni set for his second year under Eggleston Motorsport. Sinni will pilot the #54 ZB Commodore, with CarCity set to continue as major sponsor.
This weekend will mark Sinni’s second time at The Mountain, after an impressive debut last year; placing no lower than 15th across the weekend.
“I’m super pumped to get back to it this season,” said Sinni.
“We had a really good test day and I’m feeling comfortable and confident heading into this year.
“A big thanks to CarCity for continuing to back me for another season. I’m very grateful for partnerships like this and value the friendship that comes with it too. I’m hoping we can give it a good crack this season and hopefully we can get a few podiums!”
This weekend’s schedule will see two practice sessions on Friday, followed by a qualifying session and race on both Saturday and Sunday.
The first practice session of the weekend has been completed, with Sinni’s fastest lap of 2:08.56, enough to place him in P8 for the first session.
“The car is feeling really good. I’m just using these sessions to get familiar with the car and the track and really make the most of these flying laps,” said Sinni.
“Qualifying will be key, so we’re working hard to determine the best strategy to get us up to the pointy end of the field.
“The plan is to steer clear of any drama and obviously push hard in the races. There are some good names around me, so I’ll be looking to learn from them and hopefully sit comfortably inside the top 10.”
Practice 2 starts at 3:25pm local time. Catch all the action live on Kayo, Fox Sports as well as on Ch7 and 7plus across Saturday and Sunday.
David Reynolds is coming off a spectacular weekend at the Repco Bathurst 12-Hour, after competing in the PRO class for the Mercedes AMG factory team, spearheaded by GruppeM Racing.
Reynolds shared the seat with Maro Engel and Felipe Fraga and finished an impressive eighth after multiple Safety Cars as well as penalties on the #130 entry.
“It was such a cool experience,” said Reynolds.
“It was the first time I’ve been a factory AMG Mercedes driver, which is pretty cool and something that I’ll be able to add to my CV. And of course, driving with Maro (Engel) and Felipe (Fraga) was absolutely awesome. They’re both so talented.
“The cars are very cool to drive and quite a bit different. They’re left-hand drive, paddle shift, abs, have traction control and they’ve got 1000kg of downforce at 180km/h, whereas the Supercar has about 200kg of downforce.
“Mentally, it was hard to get my head around it (the car) initially, because you’re braking so much deeper and you’re carrying so much speed; so in my head I kept thinking I was going to have a crash, because if I drove the Gen3 car like that – I definitely would have had a crash. So, it was a bit of a strange feeling.
“I jumped in after the first hour and we were in second, I had Jules (Gounon) behind me, who has won the 12-hour three times, and is probably one of the best GT3 drivers in the world; so that was a little intimidating. However, I managed to do a really good job and saved fuel, whilst matching his lap times – so I was happy with that.
“Unfortunately, we then ran into some trouble and got handed three drive through penalties and the diff also broke half-way through the day, which made it really hard to drive; especially in the wet. They have a normal diff in those cars, so it’s not fully locked like a Supercar, so after it broke, sometimes it would be fully locked, and the car wouldn’t turn at all and then other times it would be fully open, and the car would turn and over steer and it would be shocking to drive. It was really unpredictable.
“In the end, we ended up eighth; which was disappointing considering we were going there to win. But I thoroughly loved the experience and hopefully I can do more throughout the year with them!”
A back-to-back weekend at Bathurst, means a short return back to Melbourne for Reynolds, before taking off again to compete in round 1 of the 2024 Repco Supercars Championship at the Thrifty Bathurst 500.
This weekend will mark Reynolds’ first round driving for a new team, Team 18 owned by Charlie Schwerkolt, but will also see Reynolds reunite with fellow teammate, Mark Winterbottom. The duo last raced together in 2015 and finished first and third in the Championship.
“Obviously this weekend will mark the first race with the new team,” said Reynolds.
“So, a new bunch of people and a new engineer; it’s going to be completely different for me. But, I’m looking forward to working with them all, including my engineer, Richard Holloway. He’s been around for a very long time and also used to engineer Mark Skaife back in the early 2000s, so I can’t wait to get to the track and see what we can do.”
A different format to the usual Bathurst 1000; the Thrifty Bathurst 500 will see two 250km races to make up the 500, as well as a top ten shootout across Saturday and Sunday.
“This weekend will be a bit different to what we usually see at Bathurst,” said Reynolds.
“It’ll obviously be a single driver event, and we’ll also be running hard tyres. There was only one race last year that we ran the hard tyre, which was at the Grand Prix; and I found the car very hard to drive, so it’ll be interesting this weekend.
“I’m confident that we will have a fast car though and we’ll be looking to push it hard up the front. It’ll be an even playing field for all, so I can’t wait to hit the track and see what we can do!”
Practice 1 kicks off on Friday 23rd February, 12:30pm local time.
All the action from the weekend can be watched on Kayo, Fox Sports, as well as live coverage on Ch7 and 7plus from Saturday.
Tom Hayman has come away with an impressive second place finish in the GT4 class and 18th overall at the Repco Bathurst 12 Hour on the weekend. Part of a two-car entry under newly established team, Method Motorsport; Hayman and drivers Elliot Schutte and Tom McLennan managed to steer the #230 McLaren GT4 to victory.
A field of 30 cars, made up of a wealth of experience and talent; kept Hayman on his toes and offered him the experience of a lifetime.
Friday was all about practice and the #230 entry made the most of the six practice sessions, getting familiar with the car and adjusting set up options. The trio managed to qualify 27th on Saturday ahead of the big race and then crossed the line in 18th overall and second place in the GT4 class.
“Wow!” said Hayman.
“What an absolutely fantastic weekend. It was such a great experience, and I can’t thank the crew at Method Motorsport enough for their mammoth efforts to not only get the car prepped and ready ahead of the 12 Hour, but also for their efforts across the entire weekend. It was such an honor to drive for such a professionally ran team.
“I’m still pinching myself and can’t believe that we came away with a podium result. It’s certainly a memory I’ll never forget. I learnt so much and can now tick off my first 12 Hour!
“In the race, I just tried to make sure to keep my head down and stay out of trouble. With such a long race, I knew it was important that we just kept the car clean and tried to stay out of trouble.
“It certainly was an experience having pit stops and driver changes, an opportunity that I’m grateful for and will take so much from.
“A big thanks to all of my sponsors and also my supporters and those that were able to come and watch track side and support me too. It means a lot.
“My focus is now on Tassie, as we get set for round 2 of the Trans Am Series in a few weeks’ time!”
The Trans Am Series heads to Symmons Plains Raceway for Round 2 of the Shannons SpeedSeries, March 15-17.
Friday 16th February
Practice 1 (All drivers) – 30th
Practice 2 (Bronze drivers only) – 21st
Practice 3 (All drivers) – 29th
Practice 4 (Bronze drivers only) – 19th
Saturday 17th February
Practice 5 (All drivers) – 29th
Practice 6 (All drivers) – 26th
Qualifying – 27th
Sunday 18th February
Race – 18th overall, 2nd in class
It was an unfortunate end to Tom Hayman’s first round of the Trans Am Series at Sandown Raceway on the weekend after a mechanical failure forced the #30 Mustang to withdraw from the round after Race 1.
The young racer came out of the gates fast and finished 3rd for the first practice session, with only 0.9s separating the top twelve. A change in setup ahead of practice 3 saw the #30 Mustang drop some positions, ultimately finishing 9th.
“We had quite a bit of bad luck over the weekend,” said Hayman.
“We started off relatively ok, we were third in the first practice session which was great. We went the wrong way with set up ahead of practice 3 and unfortunately went backwards.”
Saturday’s qualifying session was another tight battle, with Hayman crossing the line in 11th.
“We weren’t quite up the pointy end of the field for qualifying. But, we were still pretty happy with 11th considering the talent of the field and how close it was,” said Hayman.
“We found a bit of an issue with the car after qualifying with the throttle cable, it was a bit loose and it only had about three quarters of throttle. We managed to fix that though, and we were pretty confident heading into the first race.
“Unfortunately, it just got worse from there. From lap 4, we lunched a motor and the conrod bolt snapped and it was pretty much a knock-on effect from there. The motor seized and spun me around. There wasn’t much we could do and we decided to end the weekend and get it back to the workshop to repair and ready in time for Tassie.
“We’ll bounce back and be better in Tassie!
“A big thanks to all of my sponsors and supporters. In the meantime, I’m looking forward to the Bathurst 12 Hour this weekend!”
Round 2 of the Shannons SpeedSeries takes place at Symmons Plains, March 15-17.
Friday 9th February
Practice 1 – 3rd
Practice 2 – 9th
Saturday 10th February
Qualifying – 11th
Race 1 – DNF
Race 2 – NA
Sunday 11th February
Race 3 – NA
Photo credit: Colson Photography
Jackson Rice has come away with a podium finish on Sunday’s race 3 of the Trans Am Series, held at Sandown Raceway on the weekend.
It was an action-packed weekend with plenty of Safety Cars as well as a competitive field, boasting a variety of well-known drivers.
It took Rice some time to settle into the weekend, finishing 12th and 13th in Friday’s two practice sessions. A couple of adjustments to setup saw the #7 Dream Racing Australia entry qualify in the middle of the pack in P12, before finishing 14th for the first race.
“It was an absolutely chaotic weekend,” admitted Rice.
“The level of competition that’s in the category this year is insane and so good for the sport. To have four full-time V8 Supercar drivers as well as a lot of young talent is really cool.
“It shows the level of talent when you have 0.9s between pole and 12th, which is where we qualified – which is less than a tenth between each car.
“We didn’t qualify as far up as what I would have liked, I just didn’t phase the tyre as nicely as I should have. We were pushing hard in race 1 and a few laps before the end of the race, I was turned around at Dandenong Road which was a bit of a shame as we had managed to pick up a few spots. We had intentions of playing the smart game and were attempting to save our tyres ready for the last few laps. But, P14 was all we could manage after that.
“That incident unfortunately put us on the back foot for race 2, however we did manage to work our way through the field and finished up eighth, which I was really happy with.”
Sunday was a new day and Rice was determined to claim back some much-needed points. The youngster would start the final race from P13 after combined results from Saturday. Race 3 wasn’t short of action, with the first incident occurring on lap 4, taking out a total of nine cars.
“It wasn’t long into the race before a Safety Car was called, we were coming out of Turn 4 and there was a massive crash. I was lucky to be able to find my way through the pack and came out in P3. After that, it was a few laps under the Safety Car and then I had to ensure I held position, whilst also trying to save the tyres,” said Rice.
“Hazelwood was fast approaching, and I just couldn’t manage to hold on and he pipped me for third. However, with five laps to go I managed to redeem P3 after Hazlewood span off into the gravel at Turn 9 and triggered a second Safety Car.
“It was then a one lap dash to the line, where I managed to hold onto third place. It was certainly one of the biggest pressure laps I’ve done. To have Tim Slade and Ben Grice behind me was a true test, but also a great learning experience too.
“A big thanks to Dream Racing Australia for getting the car prepped and ready for the first round and of course all of our sponsors and supporters. Racing wouldn’t be possible without you all, so thank you.
“I’m really looking forward to getting to Tassie for round 2 and seeing what we can do!”
Round 2 of the Shannons SpeedSeries will be held at Symmons Plains, March 15-17.
Friday 9th February
Practice 1 – 12th
Practice 2 – 13th
Saturday 10th February
Qualifying – 12th
Race 1 – 14th
Race 2 – 8th
Sunday 11th February
Race 3 – 3rd
Jackson Rice will this year contest in the National Trans Am Series, a step up from last year’s TA2 Series. The young rising star will continue to run under the Victorian-based stable, Dream Racing Australia for a second year, after coming away with a third-place finish in the TA2 Championship in 2023.
Rice will take to the track for the first round of the season this weekend at Sandown Raceway, at the Shannons SpeedSeries, which kicks off Friday 9th February.
“Round 1 has come up super quickly,” admitted Rice.
“I’m really looking forward to taking the leap into the Trans Am Series this year. We had a really great year last year with Dream Racing Australia in TA2 and I’m hoping that this year will continue to challenge us, whilst also battling against some different drivers!
“It’s been a really busy offseason, and I can’t thank the guys at Dream Racing enough for all the work that they’ve put in to get the car ready. We stripped the car back (I even got in and helped), over Christmas and had the car back to just the chassis and refreshed all the major components of the car.
“The car has almost had a full rebuild so, I’m really excited to get to it this year. I have a lot of confidence in the car and to go into the first round feeling this comfortable, is a really good start and a great place to be.”
There’s been a lot of talk about the rise in competition set for this year’s Trans Am Series, with plenty of big names set to take the field including Todd Hazlewood, Tim Slade, James Golding as well as the return of veteran and reigning champion, James Moffat – just to name a few. However, Rice views this as an opportunity rather than a problem.
“It’s going to be super tough competition this year, there’s a lot of guys from Supercars coming into the category, which will be a great opportunity to understand where we sit against those guys, but I’m really looking forward to it,” said Rice.
“I certainly see it as a positive thing – it’ll help me to develop my race craft, so there’s plenty of learning to be done. I’m looking forward to hitting the year hard and really getting in there and learning as much as possible.
“I haven’t been to Sandown for 12 months, so I’m super pumped to get back there. It’s one of my favourite tracks to go race at. I find the racing is always pretty awesome and the track has a bit of everything.
“Overall, it’s quite a fast track and Dandenong Road is quite speedy. I love the complex from turns 1, 2 and 3 – up and over the curbs and onto two wheels, which always makes for some awesome photos.
“I’m hoping the weather holds out this weekend. Sandown is generally renowned for its wet weather, so it’s great that this event is at the start of the year and hopefully we’ll have a pretty dry weekend.
“A massive thank you to everybody that has helped us to get here and to those who have continued their partnerships from last year. A big welcome to our new sponsors too, I wouldn’t be here without you all, so I’m forever grateful.”
The SpeedSeries will be televised live and free on 7plus and 7mate throughout the weekend – https://www.speedseries.com.au/race-sandown/