Gartner clean sweeps Morgan Park

Posted on 3 June 2024
Gartner clean sweeps Morgan Park

Hi-Tec Oils Camaro driver Brad Gartner has scores his maiden TFH Hire TA2 Muscle Car Series framed by Hytek Steel Framing round win with a clean sweep of Round 2 at Morgan Park Raceway.

Following his Race 1 win in torrential conditions on Saturday, clear skies greeted competitors on Sunday as Gartner and Josh Haynes lead the field away for Race 2.

Mark Crutcher ran wide at the Turn 9 sweeper and dropped to the back of the pack before recovering to fifth.

Haynes took the lead on Lap 6 with a move under brakes at Siberia Turn 5. Gartner regained the lead two laps later as he got a run and passed Haynes exiting the T-Junction into Turn 8.

However, Haynes began to drop back with a punctured left rear tyre, before the tyre completely delaminated on the final lap resulting in a non-finish. Gartner, Cheney and Connor Roberts completed the podium, resulting in Roberts’ first top-three finish.

Starting from the back, Jett Johnson charged all the way up to third in the Turps Tippers Mustang he is driving in place of Michael Coulter. However, contact which turned Domain Ramsay under the bridge at Turn 3 on Lap 6 saw Johnson penalised five spots and relegated to eighth.

Gartner and Cheney got off to an even start in Race 2 before Gartner took the lead into Turn 2.

Hayden Jackson collected Ramsay under the bridge on Lap 2, with Haynes and Johnson narrowly avoiding the stricken Camaro across the track at Turn 3. Jackson received a drive-through penalty for the incident before parking his Dodge later in the race with a steering issue in the closing stages.

Haynes recovered from his DNF in Race 2 with a storming drive to second, earning the Hyperco Hard Charger Award for his efforts. Cheney was third from Crutcher who held off a hard charging Jett Johnson for fourth.

Gartner completed his clean sweep in Race 4 with a nine second win over Haynes. Haynes challenged Gartner for the lead early but faded off in the closing stages with another tyre puncture.

Crutcher held off Johnson for the first half of the race before missing a gear on the exit of Turn 4 on Lap 10 which allowed Johnson through. Johnson caught up to Cheney and got by for third on the run out of the T-Junction into Turn 8 with two laps remaining. Johnson picked up the Wilwood Big Braker Award for his last-minute appearance in place of Michael Coulter.

Graham Cheney and Mark Crutcher came home fourth and fifth to secure second and third for the round respectively. Crutcher also won the CIRCO Masters Class from Paul Hadley and Domain Ramsay.

Speedway convert Danny Reidy picked up the RaceTech Rookie of the Round and the Bowdens Own Best Presented Award in the Reidy Racing Camaro.

Cheney and Haynes now sit level on top of the TFH Hire TA2 Muscle Car Series framed by Hytek Steel Framing standings on 408 points, with Gartner climbing from 16th to third.

The TFH Hire TA2 Muscle Car Series framed by Hytek Steel Framing remains in Queensland for Round 3 at Queensland Raceway on 28-30 June at the Two Days of Thunder.

 

QUOTES

Brad Gartner, #22 Hi-Tec Oils Chevrolet Camaro

“It’s been a dream weekend, to get my first round win with a clean sweep. There was a bit of bad luck to some off the other competitors but you’ve got to be there at the end to win the race and I’m extremely grateful to have the weekend we did.

“This result definitely boosts our confidence. To get a few wins like this. Obviously Sydney was a big hit, Queensland Raceway was a bit hit and I feel we’re really getting back into the feel of things.

“It’s really emotional, last year and even starting this year and a couple months ago we probably wouldn't have been here, so a massive thanks to Peter Robinson and George Gambino Hi-Tec Oils. They’re two people in my life that produced the goods for me so far, and I hope I've made them proud by standing up here now.”

“I’d like to thank Castec Rural Supplies, Hi-Tec Oils, MED Electrical, Southern Flood Lighting Mike’s Beef Jerky, TNS Tippers, Peter Robinson from PBR and everyone that's got on board, I really can't thank everyone enough.”

Graham Cheney, #51 PHD Motorsport Chevrolet Camaro

“I'm pretty stoked with that. It was a tricky weekend with the wet weather, but we came through in the end with a good result.

“I've always said, the guy that finishes every round is going to be in the championship hunt for sure and I couldn't have done it without my team. PHD have got the car always dialed in, they have put so much effort in between races and it just shows we have a pretty reliable package.”

Mark Crutcher, #4 Crutcher Developments Ford Mustang

“When you've got a guy like Jett Johnson behind you have to concentrate, I actually got caught in second gear around the back for about 200 metres. But once he got past me, you could see he had pace. These young kids, they're just exceptional and 'm just the first of the old guys.

“It’s been a great weekend. We had some pace, which was great. I had great support from the PHD Motorsport team mates in Graham Cheney and Paul Hadley and the entire team.

“Congratulations to my team mate Graham Cheney on his lead in the championship, it’s been a great outcome for the team.”

 

Gartner on top at wet Morgan Park

Posted on 1 June 2024
Gartner on top at wet Morgan Park

Hi-Tec Oils Camaro driver Brad Gartner converted his maiden TA2 pole to a lights-to-flag win in treacherous conditions in Race 1 of Round 2 of the TFH Hire TA2 Muscle Car Series framed by Hytek Steel Framing at Morgan Park Raceway.

Qualifying in the morning was dry, before the heavens opened for the Kubota Super Six Shootout at 1pm. Gartner, an experienced speedway driver, mastered the wet weather to back up his provisional pole and score his maiden Kubota TA2 Pole Award.

Jett Johnson, subbing for Michael Coulter in the #11 Turps Tippers Mustang, went out fourth fastest in the Super Six Shootout, but a gearbox issue meant he couldn’t finish his lap and failed to take the start in Race 1.

In torrential rain at Morgan Park, the field ventured out behind the safety car for three laps before the race started with a safety car restart.

Gartner and Haynes leapt away from the front, as the pair battled for the opening laps. However, Haynes came unstuck on Lap 7 when he spun off the track at the Turn 8 sweeper and dropped back to third.

Haynes caught back up to second placed Hayden Jackson, before getting by Jackson on the final lap.

Gartner took a 17  second win from Haynes and Jackson, who dedicated his third place finish to his Grandfather who passed away last week.

PHD Motorsport’s Graham Cheney and Mark Crutcher completed the top five while Sprintcar convert Domain Ramsay spun on Lap 9 but still came home in a personal best of sixth.

The TFH Hire TA2 Muscle Car Series framed by Hytek Steel Framing is back on track tomorrow for Races 2, 3  and 4 at 10:35am, 1:10pm and 4:25pm. All the action can be viewed live on SBS, Fox Sports and Kayo, check your local guides for further details.

QUOTES

Brad Gartner, #22 Hi-Tec Oils Chevrolet Camaro

“It was hard to miss Josh when he goes in your mirrors, but he was doing an unreal job to even just stay there all race.

“I was really trying to keep mistake free, but him being right there was really hard. It was a good battle, we were both clean, just unfortunate, but we've done a good job and the Hi Tech Oils Camaro is a jet.

“It was was extremely wet, much wetter than the Super Six, but we're about six seconds faster a lap. So you just, I mean, we only got one lap to find the grip levels earlier today and that gave us an indication of what it was going to be like during the race, but it was great to hang on in those conditions and kick the weekend off with pole and a win.”

Josh Haynes, #37 Herzog Steel Ford Mustang

“I'm actually pretty stoked to bring that back in second. The Herzog Steel Mustang was a weapon. Congratulations first of all to Brad, he's worked so hard, so good job to him, he did very, very well then.

“We were quick, I had the pace on him pretty well everywhere, but you come down the back into the sweeper there and I honestly cannot see a thing, so most laps it was hanging on and then I just went that little bit too hard, grabbed a puddle and then grabbed the white line and I was just a passenger.

“We know we have the pace, that just makes me much more confident in the wet, so I'm really happy with that and we know we've got a quick car for tomorrow, so looking forward to it.

Hayden Jackson, #81 Maitland Glass & Windscreens Dodge Challenger

“I had a red hot crack. It was a shame there was a bit of lap traffic in there, but that's motorsport at the end of the day, it was awesome fun to have a go with Josh.

“It was a bit of a quiet race apart from that. Great to get third for the team and that goes to Grandpa. I lost him on Wednesday, so it really goes out to him.”

 

TA2 ready to muscle up for Morgan Park

Posted on 30 May 2024
TA2 ready to muscle up for Morgan Park

Round 2 of the 2024 TFH Hire Muscle Car Series framed by HYTEK Steel Framing is set to return to Morgan Park Raceway May 31st to June 2.

After a thrilling Round 1 in Sydney, Herzog Steel Ford Mustang driver Josh Haynes heads into Round 2 leading the championship 43 points in front of Paul Hadley Developments Motorsport driver Graham Cheney who sits 30 points ahead of rookie driver, Connor Roberts in the Arrow Transport Repairs Dodge Challenger. 

Both Mark Crutcher and Brad Gartner are fit and well and will return for Morgan Park after their cars were both heavily damaged after an incident in Race 4 at Sydney Motorsport Park. 

Queensland driver Steve Wilson will join the list of rookies in the field this weekend in the ex-Nick Lange Chevrolet Camaro, and will drive it for the first time this weekend at Morgan Park.

Hayden Jackson had a tough run in Sydney with mechanical dramas, but is looking for better luck this weekend, returning with Dream Racing Australia in the #81 Maitland Glass and Windscreens Dodge Challenger.

Speedway star Danny Reidy will be back in the #5 Chevrolet Camaro, after a solid start to his first season in the TA2 Muscle Car Series. Reidy came home with the Wilwood Big Braker Award after Round 1 and is looking to continue the strong performance this weekend. 

Paul Hadley driver of the #50 Paul Hadley Developments had a strong run at Sydney coming away with 5th in the championship and 2nd in the Circo Master Class. 

Western Sydney’s Michael Coulter in the Turps Tippers Mustang will return and speedway star Domain Ramsay will round out the field for the weekend, following a successful first round at Sydney Motorsport Park claiming 3rd in the Circo Master Class.

The weekend schedule will kick-off with 4 practice sessions on Friday. A 15 minute qualifying session will be held Saturday morning at 11:45am which will set the grid for Race 1 on Saturday afternoon. Race 2 on Sunday morning will be live streamed via the TA2 Racing Australia and Hi-Tec Oils Super Series Facebook pages at 10:30am before Race 3 and 4 will be included as part of the live TV broadcast on SBS Viceland, Fox Sports and Kayo Sports. 

QUOTES

Josh Haynes, #37 Herzog Steel Ford Mustang

Josh Haynes, #37 Herzog Steel Ford Mustang
"Obviously we have had an awesome start to the year with Round 1 at Sydney Motorsport Park back in April. It was awesome to have a big name like Todd Hazelwood there and not only for myself be close to him but also beating him in qualifying and 3 of the 4 races. 

It has certainly been a massive change for us joining Waltec Motorsport this year, obviously dad and I have worked so hard in the garage every year and that’s disappeared so it’s definitely been a weird thing but a really good thing for us as well and we appreciate and enjoy the weekend a little bit more while we are there. 

I am really excited to go to Morgan Park, I love the track. Last year I really enjoyed it there and came home with a win. Some people think the track is really tight but obviously in these big TA2 cars a-lot of tracks are tight."

SCHEDULE

FRIDAY
8:55am Practice 1
11:00am Practice 2
1:30pm Practice 3
3:35pm Practice 4

SATURDAY
11:45am Qualifying
4:30pm Race 1

SUNDAY
10:55am Race 2
1:10pm Race 3
4:25pm Race 4

ENTRY LIST

#3 Steven Wilson, Wilson Auto Racing Chevrolet Camaro

#4 Mark Crutcher, Crutcher Developments Ford Mustang

#5 Danny Reidy, Reidy Racing Chevrolet Camaro

#11 Michael Coulter, Turps Tippers Ford Mustang

#19 Connor Roberts, Arrow Transport Repairs Dodge Challenger

#22 Brad Gartner, Hi-Tec Oils Chevrolet Camaro

#37 Josh Haynes, Herzog Steel Ford Mustang

#50 Paul Hadley, PHD Chevrolet Camaro

#51 Graham Cheney, PHD Chevrolet Camaro

#71 Domain Ramsay, C&H Trucking Chevrolet Camaro

#81 Hayden Jackson, Maitland Glass and Windscreens Dodge Challenger 

BROADCAST

1pm-5pm
Saturday: Fox Sports, Kayo Sports and SBS Viceland 

Live Stream 10:20am-10:40pm

1pm-5pm
Sunday: Fox Sports, Kayo Sports and SBS Viceland

Live Stream 10:30am - 12:35pm

 

Ward crowned TA2 Muscle Car New Zealand Champion

Posted on 24 May 2024
Ward crowned TA2 Muscle Car New Zealand Champion

Veteran racer Peter “Kaos”  Ward wrapped up the NZ TA2 Muscle Car title with a solid performance during last weekends final round at Hampton Downs.  Driving the Ward Demolition Camaro, the former NZ V8 Ute champ qualified on pole position and secured enough points over the weekend to edge out last years Champ Andrew Turner for the series win.

Brett Rudd having his last TA2 drive before hanging up the helmet was a surprise winner in the final race, coming from the back of the grid over the weekend after missing the earlier sessions due to the sudden death of his father. Ward, Turner and Rudd all finished the season on the podium.

Ward is no stranger to the sport, having a raced in a variety of classes and been a keen supporter of drivers such as Shane Van Gisbergen over the years.  He recently Captained the NZ TA2 team against the Australian representatives during the recent TA2 Trans-Tasman Challenge at Ruapuna Christchurch and Highlands Park in February.  He won the 2022 NZ V8 Ute series then moved into NZ Muscle Cars before purchasing the PBR Spec TA2 Muscle Car.

Turner’s Nautech Mustang qualified 2nd to Ward, and after an incident in Race 1 finished 6th,   5th in Race 2 and 4th in Race 3 to be declared runner up to Ward at the final round for the season.

Rudd is also a former V8 Ute competitor, having raced in Australia at Mt Panorama representing New Zealand during the V8 Ute years, finishing second overall in the NZ V8 Ute series in 2013/2014  before graduating to the TA2 NZ series last year.

Interest in TA2 New Zealand has been growing steadily, with more cars now available for sale already in the country at Paul Manuell’s Eastern Automotive Performance Centre.

Plans are underway for a return NZ vs AUS TA2 Trans-Tasman Challenge as part of future event planning on both sides of the ditch.

QUOTES

NZ TA2 Category Manager Gary Lathrope

“Each year, the TA2 series steps up a level and Wardy is a worthy champion in a very competitive field which included Brent Collins, Ben Stewart, Steve Ros, Brianna and John Roberts plus others. He is a great ambassador for motorsport in New Zealand and with Jake Stoneman engineering the Camaro,  a very competitive force on track. Congratulations to Andrew Turner and Brett Rudd, again solid performances to end up on the podium.  We are in the process of planning the 24/25 calendar and expect our TA2 numbers to continue to grow in the off season as   the series continues to impress fans and teams alike as a real V8 crowd pleasing category.”

 

Hi-Tec delivers more good oil for the TA2 Muscle Car Series.

Posted on 20 May 2024
Hi-Tec delivers more good oil for the TA2 Muscle Car Series.

Hi-Tec Oils, Australia’s largest national independent oil manufacturer, has proudly announced   its partnership with the TA2 Muscle Car Series as the official oil supplier for the 2024 season. 

After a tough 2023 season, South Australian farmer boy Brad Gartner will be driving a brand-new Chevrolet Camaro that was purchased by Hi-Tec Oils owner George Gambino for the 2024 TFH Hire Muscle Car Series - framed by HYTEK Steel Framing. 

The #22 Camaro will have Hi-Tec Oils as the major sponsor and will be serviced and prepared by Ben Leeds out of PBR Distributions in Queensland. 

In addition to Gartner’s Camaro, all engines built and shipped out of the PBR Distributions workshop will now be lubricated by Hi-Tec Oils, with special discounts on all Hi-Tec Oil products available to TA2 teams. Extensive dyno work was carried out by TA2 Technical Manager Cam Sendall over the summer break with the Hi-Tec product well exceeding the technical specifications required.

Hi-Tec Oils has  developed a major presence  in motor sport over the years, firstly in drifting, speedway, the annual six hour production car race at Mt Panorama Bathurst, naming rights to the control tower at Queensland Raceway and now the Hi-Tec Oils Super Series, a 6 round national series televised live on SBS,  Sky Sports NZ, Fox Sports and Kayo which features the TA2 Muscle Car Series as the headline act.

Gartner had a tough Round 1 at Sydney Motorsport Park, being involved in an incident in Race 4 which resulted in a rebuild of the Chevrolet Camaro but will be back for Round 2 and is ready for a competitive season ahead. 

Round 2 of the TFH Hire Muscle Car Series - framed by HYTEK Steel Framing will kick off May 31st - June 2nd at Morgan Park Raceway. All of the weekend’s action will be covered live on SBS, Simulcast on Fox Sports and Kayo Sports. Schedule times will be released closer to the event. 

QUOTES

George Gambino, Owner of Hi-Tec Oils 

“Hi-Tec Oils are proud to announce they will be the official oil supplier for the 2024 TA2 Muscle Car Series, it is a great opportunity for us. We were looking at the TA2 Muscle Car Series last year and saw how great the racing was and the fan reaction. I had a meeting with all of my managers around the country and we decided to buy a brand-new car and put a young, talented driver in it. We chose Brad as although he had some bad luck last year, we really like the way he presents himself and goes about things.” 

Cameron Sendall, TA2 Technical Manager

“Hi-Tec are a great Company to work with and the product we use is specially developed for conditions such as the high horsepower intense racing that TA2 delivers. We have tested the product under extreme conditions on our in-house dyno and the product more than meets our requirements.  It’s great to see a Company such as Hi-Tec committing to the sport and using it as a test and development programme for their product lines.”

 
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