For the first time in about a year and a half, we have some big news to announce! Jake Burton is our newest member of Trans Tasman Racing!
Jake has been a rising star in the iRacing V8 Supercar this year both in the official series and V8SCOPS where he finished 3rd and 6th respectively. Although it won’t be the first time that Jake has driven a TT-R car, Jake was voted co-driver of the year after his 2 brilliant drives to 2nd place with eventual series Champion Madison Down.
Jake isn’t just a one trick pony, he is also driving the 2nd TTLR Mercedes AMG GT3 car in the Blancpain GT Series, has won the 2015 Australian Endurance Championship and has several karting championships including the 2016 Western Australia State title!
We see a lot of potential in Jake as he looks to progress his sim racing and real world racing career even further!
Welcome to Trans Tasman Racing Jake Burton! You have certainly earnt it!
Madison Down wins his 10th V8 Supercars Championship win after huge drama in the final round at Road America!
Madison only won a single race all season, but the consistency throughout the season in the end yielded the ultimate prize.
Madison had a 20 point margin heading into the final round, however, finishing 1 position behind Filsell would be enough to clinch the title. On lap 21, Madison lost the rear and made contact with Filsell which then resulted in a drive through penalty. What was an almost certain championship winning position was now in jeopardy as Madison fell too many places back. In the end Madison fought back from 8th position up to 6th to clinch his 10th title in what was a hugely dramatic last few laps!
Shaun Kelly drove the defensive stint of the season with Ciolac putting him under huge pressure to come home in 8th. This drive no doubt about it assisted Down to the championship win.
Leigh Ellis drove a consistent race and finished just outside the top 10 in 11th place.
Thanks to our sponsors Ultimate Karting Sydney and Hybrid Racing Simulations for their support this season!
Thanks to Performance Motorsports for the picture!
P7 to end the season!
What an awesome race last night, going in we weren’t to sure how everything would pan out and Madison did an awesome job putting the car into 7th! Our best qualifying effort of the season.
Race pace was a little bit off, our tyres fell off a little bit more then we expected in comparison to other teams in front of us and our car went away a lot more then expected through the 2nd stint but still managed to hold and pass a car or two which included an amazing pass which went on for 5 corners against Enzo from Team Redline
We decided to put Hamstead in to finish after Sharman wasn’t really feeling up to it and knowing it would be a pressure stint we needed someone who was 100% focused and Hamstead did an amazing job with Team Redline all over the back of him for the final stint.
After 1 car got DQ’ed for not having a co-driver we managed to move up to p7!
Overall an awesome season for the team! we managed to score a 6th,7th and an 8th with a couple other results just outside the top 10.
We also managed to finish P8 in the Championship! an awesome result for the team and No.1 Australian team.
Big thanks to our sponsors Next Level Racing, Ultimate Karting Sydney and KustomImage Concepts
well done to the other Australian teams that re qualified aswell for next year! Madcow and ERA.
Full race replay – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=llma5hAbst0
So close… yet so far!
Madison Down and Jake Burton finished a strong 2nd place in the VIR 500 in the Ultimate Karting Sydney Holden! An untimely safety car hurt us with the strategy on the #77 car, but still managed to grab solid championship points.
Michael Healey and Leigh Ellis had a lonely race to finish in 7th in the Hybrid Racing Simulations Holden.
Shaun Kelly and series debutante Brett Stiles finished 15th after a few dramas throughout their race. It was a good fight back however from Kelly to get back up to 15th place
Madison Down recently featured on Good Game Well Played with host Rad as they talked about the sim racing scene, in particular… iRacing! Check it out!
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 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
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.
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.
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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