Bathurst 12 Hour Success for TTR

The #94 Virtual Racing School Mercedes AMG GT3 car finished a strong 2nd place in the Top Split Broadcasted race. Jarrad started the race and worked his way forward early on, but unfortunately got caught up in an accident with a lapped Porsche. Jarrad admitted fault for the accident but unfortunately it caused a significant amount of Aero damage on the front of our car for the rest of the race. Jake Burton took over in the early hours of the morning and ran a faultless double stint until 5:30am where Madison Down took over for a double stint. By sunrise, we were in a decent position running in about P6 at the half way point.

Towards the end of the race our strategy began to work out and the race came to us. Jarrad Filsell was in the car at the end and boy did he deliver! The car was hanging off the walls left right and centre in what was an extraordinary drive. Jarrad mowed down the Evolution Racing Team AMG from approximately 30 seconds back to take 2nd place with 30 minutes to go. 2nd place for an all Australian Team is an amazing effort. Well done Jarrad, Madison and Jake!

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The #048 MOMO Australia Mercedes AMG GT3 car driven by Sam Blacklock, Michael Healey, Emily Jones and Kurt Stenberg made 2nd split. All 4 drivers drove flawlessly all race long and found themselves racing against World Championship drivers for podium positions. The car was running a strong 2nd until 2 laps to go where Sam had no where to go as a Porsche had blocked the track at skyline. It was a a big accident but luckily Sam managed to crawl across the line for 4th place overall.

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Overall it was a huge team effort! We are incredibly proud of all the drivers involved and also the drivers that went the extra mile to ensure that we got the best result possible. Michael Healey stayed up all night in the #048 car and Dirt Driver Deane Thrower stayed up until 5am to help the #94 car. All our drivers had less than 3 hours sleep overnight last night and are in struggle street today.

It was a great warm up for the Blancpain GT WC Series and gives us a huge confidence boost for Round 1 at Bathurst. Bring it on!

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TTR Claim All Three SCOPS Titles in 2017!

TTR Claim all three V8SCOPS titles!

Sunday saw the finale for the 2017 V8 Supercar Online Premier Series with a 39 lap Elkhart Lake 250 at Road America. Stephen “Sandman” Clarke in his final race before taking leave from full time V8 Supercar racing, started the second split event from 2nd place, he would unfortunately end up in an accident and finish 30th, 14 laps down. This wasn’t the way Sandman wanted to end the season, but from all of us at TTR, you’ve done us proud this year Sandman! We hope to see Sandman behind the wheel of a TTR Supercar once again in next years endurocup.

In the EMR Industries Porsche Supercup, Josh Muggleton and Michael Healey did nothing short of dominate, finishing with a sensational 1st and 3rd respectively to end the season. This also was enough for Michael Healey to seal the championship for 2017.

Entering the final race of the year, Jarrad Filsell needed to finish 36th or better to guarantee himself the 2017 Drivers Title, and Madison Down and Jake Burton needed 46 points between them to claim the Teams Championship. These were both easily achievable targets, but the race was far from easy. Madison and Jarrad locked out the front row in Qualifying, to set the scene for an epic race.

Filsell battled TTLs Josh Rogers for the lead of the race, while Madison Down trailed a couple of seconds behind. Jake Burton was battling hard with ERTs Ethan Grigg Gault, both of them with history of battles at Road America. Sam Blacklock was driving a sensational race, managing to trail Burton in the early laps before falling slightly whilst battling Dayne Warren and Luke Harvey. Kurt Stenberg and Emily Jones were both lucky to still be running after some first lap chaos, and Stenny settled in just outside the Top 10, with an emotional Jones showing true depth of character to push on despite everything seemingly against her.

The race really turned it on with a safety car with 5 to go. This condensed the field and lead itself to a huge amount of unpredictability. Filsell showed why he was the champion this year, gapping the field and taking his 10th victory of 2017, and his second championship. Down, Burton and Blacklock were in a huge battle pack that came down to the last lap, where Burton was lucky enough to come away with 3rd. However a big incident involving Down and Blacklock left Madison in 17th, still resulting in a fantastic 2nd place in the championship. Blacklock finished a personal best 4th in a 250km race. Emily Jones and Kurt Stenberg were once again caught in carnage they weren’t responsible for, bringing it home 23rd and 25th respectively. This wasn’t the result either of them were looking for, but they both have performed well this year and will undoubtedly hit the ground running in 2018.

We must also give a huge shout out to Wayne Tolley on his finish in 30th, it was Wayne’s first V8SCOPS race start, and his first V8 Supercar start for many years. We hope to see Wayne back on the track in 2018!

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2017 Drivers Champion – Jarrad Filsell
2017 Drivers Championship 2nd – Madison Down
2017 Drivers Championship 5th – Jake Burton
2017 EMR Supercup Drivers Champion – Michael Healey
2017 Teams Champions – Madison Down and Jake Burton – Fuel Autotek TTR
2017 Drivers Championship 8th – Sam Blacklock
2017 Drivers Championship 12th – Kurt Stenberg
2017 Drivers Championship 19th – Emily Jones
2017 Drivers Championship 23rd – Stephen Clarke
2017 Drivers Championship 24th – Leigh Ellis

We have had a fantastic season, and these results are a testament to not only our Drivers fantastic performances, but the tireless work of our team engineer, Brock Salmon, Livery designer, Andrew Osier of Kurse Designs Lab, and our fantastic sponsors – FUEL AUTOTEK, Harrop Engineering, Hybrid Racing Simulations MOMO Australia, Apex Replicas.

We are looking forward to 2018! Watch this space for some big news over the coming days!

Down Wins Sonoma Thriller!

It was a hard fought battle up and down the field, possibly one of the best races the iRacing V8 Supercars have ever seen. Down and Filsell battled hard all race long with Down coming out on top in the Ultimate Karting Sydney Commodore. The battle for third was a 7 way fight at one stage with Richard Hamstead struggling badly for grip. Check out the action on the broadcast, you will not be disappointed!

Tony Autridge Claims ROC 11 Title!

Tony Autridge wins Race of Champions 11! Awesome result for Tony, drove well all event with a win in the first race and consistent top 10 results in the remainder of the races.

Madison Down finished 2nd overall, Madison had good pace in all the events including a win in Race 3. But had some incidents along the way which hurt the points standing badly.

Josh Muggleton finished a strong 9th, but unfortunately the result didn’t match his pace. Incidents in a few races hurt him as well.

Shaun Kelly – 20th
Leigh Ellis – 36th

Madison Down… Enough Said

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Although not as involved in the official V8 series anymore, Down is still a force to be reckoned with.

Nine-time iRacing.com V8 Supercars champion, Madison Down, knows full well that it’s never too cloudy to have a good race. With 274 career road-racing wins from 551 starts, Down is no stranger to victory lane. Indeed, even the overcast and gloomy conditions combined with the twists and turns of Virginia International Raceway did little to put a damper on the mood of Down and the other sim-racers as they arrived ready to race for Week 10 of the iRacing.com V8 Supercars Americas series.

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The qualifying session proved to be a battle in itself as the top drivers found themselves in a fight to be on top once the smoke cleared. As expected, the young SDC Motorsports prodigy, Ethan Grigg-Gault, was found towards the front after it was all said and done. However, with only moments remaining in the 10 minute pre-race qualifying session, V8 Supercars Americas defending champion, Marlon McMullen, battled back and forth with Down as they consistently topped each other’s fastest time. In the end, it was McMullen who edged-out the seasoned veteran by an impossible .001s with a time of 1:45.801. With Down taking a close second, Grigg-Gault slotted into third as Down’s Trans-Tasman Racing (TT-R) teammate, Shaun Kelly, completed the second row ahead of former champion, Mitchell McLeod.

The Race

As the 23-lap online race got underway, the leaders wasted no time as they began a fierce battle for the lead which seemed to last for the duration of the event. Off the line, Grigg-Gault appeared to have gotten a better start and was able to get on the inside of Down and contest second position. Although Grigg-Gault initially made this happen by himself, he may or may not have been given a little boast in his effort from Down’s teammate, Kelly, who went into the Turn 1 Horseshoe too hot and collided with the nine-time champion.

 

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Down Dominates In Canada

Down was in command at Montreal – from pre-qualifying to finish.

The second round of the V8 Supercars Online Premier Series saw the drivers head into Canada for the first time at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.  Madison Down started strong topping pre-qualifying times and was looking good heading into the main race on Sunday night.

Down took off where he left off in pre-qualifying by grabbing the pole position with a blistering lap of 1:35.398 with championship rival Richard Hamstead moving up into second place in the final seconds of qualifying, just edging out Sam Sutton who showed a great turn of speed. George Maris and Shaun Kelly rounded out the top five starters for the main event.

When the lights went green it was Down taking an early lead he would not relinquish as he drove away with the victory in a dominating performance with the margin of victory almost eight seconds after the 45 lap race. Hamstead settled in behind Down early but could not mount any charge and had to settle for second place after a huge accident in his mirrors gave him some breathing room to third place. The driver of the day was Kurt Stenberg who won the second split in Round 1 and who made his way up onto the podium in the main race at Montreal fending-off Josh Muggleton for the majority of the last stint. Muggleton couldn’t get past Stenberg and settled into fourth place just ahead of Leigh Day who rounded out the top five.

 

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