Lee Stibbs promoted to round win after Rice penalised

Posted on 21 March 2023
Lee Stibbs promoted to round win after Rice penalised

Jackson Rice has been stripped of the overall round win after the first round of the 2023 TA2 Muscle Car Series at Winton Motor Raceway, with Dream Racing Australia set to appeal the decision.

The #7 Pedders Suspension & Brakes Ford Mustang driver was handed a 30-second post-race penalty for his part in an incident with MVA Racing’s Lee Stibbs (#66 Arrow Financial Services Chevrolet Camaro) at Turn 11 on Lap 4 of Race 4 which saw Stibbs spun out of the race lead.

The penalty has seen Rice drop from second to 17th in the official results of Race 4, promoting Brad Gartner (#22 Castec Rural Supplies Ford Mustang) to second and Michael Coulter (#11 Kobelco Motorsport Ford Mustang) to third in the race. 

Stibbs has also been promoted to the overall round winner and series leader (217 points), with Rice dropping 24 points to second position (208 points), while Dylan Thomas (#68 CXC Racing Ford Mustang) remains third. 

Rice’s team, Dream Racing Australia, has notified their intention to appeal the decision, which will be heard before the next round.

Other post-race penalties have seen both John Holinger and Rob Leonard handed 30-second penalties for on-track incidents in Race 4.

Round 2 of the 2023 TA2 Muscle Car Series framed by Hytek will be held at Darwin’s Hidden Valley Raceway, headlining the Hi-Tec Oils Super Series event on 29 April - 1 May.

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Rice takes out thrilling TA2 season opener at Winton

Posted on 19 March 2023
Rice takes out thrilling TA2 season opener at Winton

Wodonga, VIC driver Jackson Rice has provisionally taken out Round 1 of the 2023 TA2 Muscle Car Series framed by Hytek after an action-packed final day of racing at the Hi-Tec Oils Super Series opener at Winton Motor Raceway.

Rice finished first, second, first and second in the four races, but the round victory remains under a cloud following an incident with Lee Stibbs in Race 4.

After his win in Race 1 on Saturday, Rice was beaten off the rolling start into Turn 1 by Stibbs. Drama behind saw 2022 Southern Series champion Zach Loscialpo make contact with Graham Cheney on the run between Turns 2 and 3 which saw Cheney rejoin down the field, with Loscialpo handed a 10 second post-race penalty for his role.

Chris Pappas went for a move on Chris Formosa at Turn 6 on Lap 2 which saw Formosa turned around and Pappas handed a ten-second penalty.

After an oil pressure issue in Race 1, 2022 Rookie of the Year Josh Haynes charged through from 27th to ninth. Following an overnight rebuild by MVA Racing for Brad Gartner’s #22 Castec Rural Supplies Mustang, Gartner pulled in during the formation lap but completed the race a lap down.

Stibbs hung on to score his first career TA2 race win by 1.6 seconds from Rice and Nicholas Bates.

Race 2 saw drama strike before the field reached Turn 1, with Paul Hadley tagged by Chris Pappas on the run to Turn 1, sending the IES Motorsport Camaro into the infield before it rolled over in spectacular fashion. 

The Wollongong, NSW based former motorcycle racer climbed out of the car on his own steam was cleared by the circuit medical time of any injuries.

The race restarted on Lap 3, but Stibbs’ lead was short-lived when Rice passed Stibbs down the inside into Turn 11 on the following lap. Rice and was never-headed for the win, taking the chequered flag by 3.5 seconds from Stibbs and Bates.

Haynes continued his charge up the field from ninth to fifth ahead of Hayden Hume.

After a challenging start to the weekend, Brad Gartner charged his way from 27th to 11th to earn the Hyperco Hard Charger Award, with 2022 runner-up Graham Cheney moving up from 25th to 10th.

Stibbs got the holeshot into Turn 1 for Race 4 with Rice close behind. Haynes passed Dylan Thomas’ CXC Racing Mustang on the opening lap, before he jumped into third by Lap 2 with a move on Bates at Turn 9.

However, a game-changing moment on Lap 4 saw Rice’s Mustang tag the back of Stibbs’ Camaro at Turn 11, which spun the #66 Arrow Financial Services Camaro around. The incident remains under investigation following the conclusion of the race.

Rice maintained the lead, while Haynes closed-in on the race leader in the closing stages.

18-year old Hume closed in on the leading pack before he was slowed by a gearbox issue and turned by Thomas at Turn 8 which brought out the safety car on Lap 5. Following a great debut weekend to move up through the field, Hume scored the RaceTech Rookie of the Round for the Total Parts Plus Dodge Challenger.

The race resumed with five laps remaining as Rice defended Haynes for the race lead. Haynes piled on the pressure to the rear of Rice’s Mustang on the final lap, as the pair ran up the back straight side by side into the final two right-handers with Rice on the inside.

Rice went deep into Turn 11 which allowed Haynes to pull off a switchback move, diving down the inside into Turn 12 and winning the drag race to the line by less than two-tenths of a second in a classic finish, with Gartner charging home to third from 11th.

Haynes completed a dramatic turnaround after a DNF in Race 1 to win the final race, earning the Wilwood Big Braker Award for his efforts in the Beaches SeaDoo Mustang.

Provisionally, Rice took home the round win from Stibbs and Thomas. Nicholas Bates finished fourth outright and first in the Circo Masters Class, while Michael Coulter finished fifth outright in the new Kobelco Camaro which also won the Bowden’s Own Best Presented Award.

Round 2 of the TA2 Muscle Car Series framed by Hytek heads to the Northern Territory for the first time in the series’ history at Hidden Valley Raceway on 29 April - 1 May. The event will also play host to the first ever two-driver event for the series, headlining the second round of the Hi-Tec Oils Super Series.

QUOTES

Jackson Rice, #7 Pedders Suspension and Brakes Ford Mustang

“For that last one I was battling a flat tyre for the last four laps, so I was in damage control. All credit to Josh [Haynes] and his team. well done to them on the win. 

"Apologies to Lee [Stibbs], we made contact early in that race, we are here to race hard and fair. 

“I brought a trophy home for the cabinet and grabbed a heap of points in round one so it was a very good start.

“Josh raced me extremely hard so all credit to him and that is what we are here to do and put on a show for everyone watching at home and I think we did that so I am now looking forward to the challenge for the rest of the championship.”

Josh Haynes, #37 Beaches SeaDoo Ford Mustang

“So stoked to win the final race of the weekend with an awesome battle with Jackson on the last lap.

“Going into those final two corners, I was in a similar situation last year at The Bend with Jett Johnson where I made the switch-back on him, so that was the plan to try and get Jackson and we managed to pull it off and get the win on the last lap.

“What a way to end the weekend, from starting 25th on the grid in race 2 to coming first in the final race is such an award for all of our team. l’m so so grateful for my amazing team and support. 

“We managed to grab a great bunch of points ahead of round 2 in Darwin!”

 

Jackson Rice wins first race of 2023 TA2 Muscle Car Series

Posted on 18 March 2023
Jackson Rice wins first race of 2023 TA2 Muscle Car Series

Wodonga, VIC driver Jackson Rice has scored the first win of the 2023 TA2 Muscle Car Series framed by Hytek Steel Framing at Winton Motor Raceway today.

The #7 Pedders Suspension & Brakes Ford Mustang converted pole position to take the chequered flag after 12 laps by six seconds ahead of South Australian Lee Stibbs (#66 Arrow Financial Services Chevrolet Camaro) and last season’s runner-up Graham Cheney (#51 IES Motorsport Chevrolet Camaro).

The race was marred by a red flag on Lap 2 after South Australian Brad Gartner suffered a mechanical failure and nosed the #22 Castec Rural Supplies Ford Mustang hard into the tyre bundle on the exit of the Turn 1-2 chicane. 

The race resumed with nine laps remaining, however Greg Keam parked the Debeers Refinish Ford Mustang at the exit of Turn 4 on the restart, while Waltec Motorsport’s Aaron Tebb also failed to finish.

After topping qualifying earlier in the day, Josh Haynes found trouble on Lap 9 while sitting in third place, with an oil pressure issue that took the 2022 Rookie of the Year out of the race.

2022 Southern Series champion Zach Loscialpo scored a strong fourth place for the #21 Tempest Solutions Chevrolet Camaro prepared by Waltec Motorsport, ahead of CXC Racing’s Dylan Thomas in fifth. 

Defending Masters Class champion Nicholas Bates placed sixth ahead of TA2 returnee Hugh McALister, while Hayden Jackson made up six positions from 14th to eighth.

Kobelco Motorsport’s Michael Coulter climbed nine spots from 18th to ninth ahead of John Holinger.

18-year old Hayden Hume also made up nine positions from 20th to 11th in the #45 Total Parts Plus Dodge Challenger.

The TA2 Muscle Car Series framed by Hytek Steel Framing returns to action at Winton Motor Raceway on Sunday for Races 2, 3 and 4. 

Race 2 will be streamed live via the Hi Tec Oils Super Series’ Facebook and YouTube channel, before Races 3 and 4 will be included as part of the series live broadcast on SBS Viceland and SBS On Demand, Fox Sports and Kayo Sports.

QUOTESJackson Rice, #7 Pedders Suspension & Brakes Ford Mustang

“Great to get the win, got to be happy with that! The boys were fantastic, The Pedders Mustang was great, we just played out the strategy and the car held on the whole time. 

“We kept chipping away without safety car interventions at the end so that was really good. We just stuck to the plan and paced ourselves. 

“We will do the same thing for Races 2, 3 and 4 tomorrow. I think we have a really good car underneath us, it just depends on how the race pans out. 

“Temperatures were really hot today and hopefully they are a little bit cooler tomorrow, but we’ll stick to our plan and just keep chipping away and hopefully come home with more wins.” 

 

27 cars muscle up for TA2 season opener

Posted on 15 March 2023

A packed field of 27 TA2 cars will take to Winton Motor Raceway for Round 1 of the 2023 TA2 Muscle Car Series framed by Hytek Steel Framing.

A strong field enters the first round of the year after the announcement of a new television deal with SBS Speedweek, with Sunday’s racing televised live on free-to-air channel SBS Viceland and SBS On Demand, and simulcast on Fox Sports and Kayo.

The series will welcome three debutants this weekend, including 18-year old Toyota 86 Series racer Hayden Hume in the Total Parts Plus Dodge Challenger, former Heritage Touring Cars racer Greg Keam in the ex Michael Coulter/Kobelco Motorsport Ford Mustang and former Superkarts racer Bernie Walsh in a Mustang. 

The competition out front is set to be as fierce as ever, with race winners from last season including Jackson Rice, Josh Haynes and Brad Gartner all returning this season. 

Haynes has made the switch from a Camaro to a Mustang with backing from Beaches Sea-Doo, while Rice returns with a new livery with major support from Pedders Suspension, and Gartner back in the Castec Rural Supplies Mustang after a breakthrough win at last year’s season finale at Winton.

While defending champion Jett Johnson has graduated to the Super3 Series, 2022 series runner-up Graham Cheney is back in action with IES Motorsport stablemate Paul Hadley, as well as Southern Series champion Zach Loscialpo in the Waltec Motorsport outfit alongside former Super2 and GT racer Aaron Tebb, and Chris Formosa in the #49 Dukes of Hazzard tribute Allgate Motorsport Dodge Challenger.

Regular frontrunner Michael Coulter has swapped from a Mustang to a Camaro for the Kobelco Motorsport team.

SEN The Drivers’ Seat radio show co-host host Matthew MacKelden returns to action for a full season campaign in the Kubota Racing Mustang, while former series regular Hugh McAlister makes his TA2 comeback this weekend following a stint in Trans-Am competition.

Former Toyota 86 Series racer Hayden Jackson, production car ace Dylan Thomas, South Australian excel graduate Lee Stibbs, and Queenslander Nick Lange are also ready to take on the outright class.

Former Northern Series round winner Chris Pappas is set to make a remarkable comeback to racing this weekend after suffering multiple injuries in a road accident, with Norwell Motorplex team mate Michael Rowell also returning to the series this year in his Mustang.

Defending Circo Masters Class Champion Nicholas Bates returns to defend his title, with Mark Crutcher, former touring car driver Dean Lindstrom, Peter Robinson, John Holinger and Rob Leonard also expected to fight for Masters honours.

Leonard will front up in a newly launched livery promoting the ‘Slow Down Workers Around’ campaign for roadwork safety awareness.

The weekend’s format will see three practice sessions on Friday, before the field will be split into two groups for Qualifying. The ten fastest drivers overall from Qualifying will progress through to a Top 10 Shootout. Four 12 lap sprint races will be held across the weekend, with Race 1 on Saturday and the remainder on Sunday.

Race 2 on Sunday morning will be streamed live via the Hi Tec Oils Super Series’ Facebook and YouTube channel, before Races 3 and 4 will be included as part of the series live broadcast on SBS Viceland and SBS On Demand, Fox Sports and Kayo Sports. 

QUOTES

Brad Gartner, #22 Castec Rural Supplies Ford Mustang

“It was really good to get the win at Winton last year and I am super keen to get back there. We were fast there, the MVA Racing team went well, Lee [Stibbs] was fast as well and we are keen to get there to see how we go.

“If we can get ourselves at the pointy-end for qualifying we can pick them off one by one there will be a fair bit going on.

“I want to finish every race and back the points and towards the end of the year push a bit harder and try and get to the front of the championship.

“Castec Rural Supplies are our main partner for this year so the car is black and white and we have continued with the highlighted blue on the 22 for this year.”

Matthew MacKelden, #99 Kubota Ford Mustang

“I am looking forward to it, start of the new year and the start of a new era for TA2 as well. With the television package we have got and the drivers we are attracting I think its going to be a big year.

“There are lots of new drivers so I think it is going to be a busy weekend, I just hope everyone keeps their heads about themselves as it is a very long season ahead.

“I think if you looked at the results of a lot of the drivers last year, the key to having a result at the end of the series is to finish every single race. The young kids coming in have to be very carful they don’t loose it all on the first corner snd just take a long term view on the season so they are there at the end.

“This is my eighth year with Kubota and their loyalty is incredible and we continue on with the radio show, racing and all of that. I am excited to start our race season together, where it goes for next season I’m not entirely sure but at the end of the day I am excited for the start of the year.

“We are going to start this round with a level of conservatism with the view of the final round at Calder being in the mix.”

SCHEDULE

TA2 Muscle Car Series framed by Hytek

2023 Round 1 - Winton Motor Raceway

17-19 March

All times AEDT

FRIDAY

Practice 1: 9:00am (20 minutes)

Practice 2: 10:40am (20 minutes)

Practice 3: 12:45pm (20 minutes)

SATURDAY

Qualifying (Group 1): 10:00am (20 minutes)

Qualifying (Group 2): 10:25am (20 minutes)

Top 10 Shootout: 1:05pm

Race 1: 3:25pm (12 laps)

SUNDAY

Race 2: 9:50am (12 laps)

Race 3: 1:10pm (12 laps)

Race 4: 3:25pm (12 laps)

BROADCAST TIMES:

Live stream: Sunday 9:45am to 12:45pm (Hi Tec Oils Super Series Facebook & YouTube)

Speedweek: Sunday 1pm (SBS Viceland, SBS On Demand, Fox Sports, Kayo Sports)

ENTRY LIST

TA2 Muscle Car Series framed by Hytek

2023 Round 1 - Winton Motor Raceway

#4 Mark Crutcher (NSW), Ford Mustang - Crutcher Developments

#6 Hugh McAlister (NSW), Ford Mustang - McAlister Motors

#7 Jackson Rice (VIC), Ford Mustang - Pedders Suspension & Brakes

#8 Chris Pappas (QLD), Ford Mustang - WealthRite

#10 Peter Robinson (QLD), Dodge Challenger - Morgan’s Investments

#11 Michael Coulter (NSW), Chevrolet Camaro - Kobelco Motorsport #13 Greg Keam (NSW), Ford Mustang - Debeers Refinish

#15 Michael Rowell (QLD), Ford Mustang - Norwell Racers

#20 Adam Hargraves (QLD), Chevrolet Camaro - localsearch.com.au

#21 Zach Loscialpo (NSW), Chevrolet Camaro - Tempest Solutions

#22 Brad Gartner (SA), Ford Mustang - Castec Rural Supplies/MVA Racing

#23 John Holinger (VIC), Chevrolet Camaro - Holinger Racing

#24 Nicholas Bates (NSW), Ford Mustang - Sullivans

#30 Dean Lindstrom (SA), Ford Mustang - TDP Mobile Services

#37 Josh Haynes (NSW), Ford Mustang - Beaches SEADOO

#40 Robert Leonard (QLD), Ford Mustang - Access Linemarking Equipment/Municipal Works Australia

#33 Nick Lange (QLD), Chevrolet Camaro - Tefol Group

#45 Hayden Hume (QLD), Dodge Challenger - Total Parts Plus

#49 Chris Formosa (NSW), Dodge Challenger - Allgate Motorsport

#50 Paul Hadley (NSW), Chevrolet Camaro - IES Motorsport

#51 Graham Cheney (NSW), Chevrolet Camaro - IES Motorsport 

#52 Bernie Walsh (QLD), Ford Mustang - Red Point Racing

#66 Lee Stibbs (SA), Chevrolet Camaro - Arrow Financial Services/MVA Racing

#68 Dylan Thomas (NSW), Ford Mustang - CXC Racing

#81 Hayden Jackson (NSW), Dodge Challenger - MGW/Team RSG

#93 Aaron Tebb (NSW), Chevrolet Camaro - Waltec Motorsport

#99 Matthew MacKelden, Ford Mustang - Kubota Racing

 
 

Leonard helping to raise roadworker safety awareness

Posted on 10 March 2023

“SLOW DOWN, WORKERS AROUND”

Season 2023 sees Access Line-marking Equipment team up with Municipal Works Australia to raise awareness of safety of our workers on roadwork sites.

Rob Leonard will now run with Number 40 themed as the standard speed limit sign in active roadwork sites, the new TA2 Mustang also carries the safety message “SLOW DOWN, WORKERS AROUND”. The drive behind this campaign is to spread the word about the high number of serious injuries or even worse, the number of deaths that are caused every year at roadwork sites by inattentive or speeding drivers. While carrying a message about “SLOW DOWN, WORKERS AROUND” on a race car may seem strange to a lot of people, we draw on the safety policies in place in pit lane at race tracks where 40 kph is strictly enforced to keep the pit lane workers safe at all times.

As a supplier to Councils, State Governments and infrastructure-based companies. Access Line-marking Equipment has always supported safety initiatives for their customers’ employees as most of them operate in active roadwork sites and constantly talk about the number of incidents that happen on a daily basis.

Round 1 of the TA2 Muscle Car Series framed by HYTEK Steel Framing kicks off on March 17-19 at Winton Motor Raceway. Races will be live and free-to-air on Sunday afternoon from 1pm on SBS and Fox Sports