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Difficult start to Toyota 86 Series for George Gutierrez – Press Release

Difficult start to Toyota 86 Series for George Gutierrez – Press Release

George Gutierrez endured a difficult weekend at the opening round of the Toyota 86 Racing Series at Phillip Island in support of the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship.

The South Australian, who debuted his Plus IT backed Toyota 86 race car at the fast flowing circuit, was caught out on a wet but drying track during qualifying. A red flag interrupted the session, leaving Gutierrez with just one timed lap completed and unable to better that time as the track conditions improved and the lap times tumbled.

Starting from 26th, Gutierrez struggled with straight line speed in the highly competitive 40 car field but moved forward to claim 17th at the end of the first race. He was then further hampered by a penalty in Race 2, for contact while scraping for places in the midfield. Not to let that get the better of him, he then fought back tenaciously in Race 3 to move up 14 places and finish 22nd.

“We had a difficult weekend at Phillip Island,” said Gutierrez.

“We got caught out with that red flag in the wet conditions during qualifying and weren’t in a position to set a lap when the track conditions were at their best. Which really put us back foot all weekend.”

“The boys did a really good job to tune up the car for the races and we made some good progress through Race 1, but we had no straight-line speed to others which made it a really tough weekend.”

“That said, we have  plenty of positives to take away from the weekend and we’ll do our homework to make sure we are back at the pointy end come Townsville.”

“I must say a massive thank you to my team and sponsors for making this happen. Owe it to you all! Especially Plus-IT. We received a lot of comments from the public on how good the Plus IT car looked on track and on TV.”

Gutierrez’s team will now look to improve the car performance ahead of the next round of the Toyota 86 Racing Series up in Townsville in July.

Toyota 86 Racing Series 2019 Schedule:

  • Races 1, 2 & 3 Phillip Island – April 12-14
  • Races 4, 5 & 6 Townsville – July 5-7
  • Races 7, 8 & 9 Bathurst – October 10-13
  • Races 10, 11 & 12 Sandown – November 8-10
  • Races 13, 14 & 15 Newcastle – November 22-24

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Strong start to title defence for Tim Brook – Press Release

Strong start to title defence for Tim Brook – Press Release

Tim Brook commenced his quest for back to back Toyota 86 Racing Series titles in style by steering his McLaren Real Estate Macarthur Toyota 86 to the round win at the WD40 Phillip Island SuperSprint.

Brook qualified in pole position before taking the Race 1 win on Saturday. While Sunday’s two races saw the Oran Park based driver claim two second places, earning almost maximum points at Phillip Island to lead the highly competitive one make series.

He also enjoyed a weekend long battle with 2007 Supercars champion and three-time Bathurst 1000 winner Garth Tander, who made a cameo appearance in the series. The two drivers almost inseparable on track throughout the three race, with Brook holding the upper hand on the results sheet across all three races.

“What a fantastic way to commence our title defence,” said Brook.

“After the season launch, we felt pretty comfortable with car heading into the opening round. We knew we needed to qualify near the front, but to claim pole position and win the opening race was the perfect way to start the season.”

“Then to back that up with two more podiums and leave Phillip Island with the championship lead is incredible.”

Helped by his loyal crew, David, Jason, Mark and Joe, Brook showed once again that his McLaren Real Estate Macarthur backed entry would be the benchmark of the 40 car field.

“I can’t thank these guys enough for all of their help.” Brook continued.

“We rolled out with a competitive car again and proved why we’ve got the number one on the door.”

“It was great to have Bec and Soph at the track, and have the family support this weekend. Also big thanks to all of my partners for continued support to allow me to continue to do what I love.”

Brook leads the standings with 280pts points to his name after one round.

The Toyota 86 Racing Series next heads to the streets of Townsville for Round 2 on July 5-7.

Toyota 86 Racing Series 2019 Schedule:

  • Races 1, 2 & 3 Phillip Island – April 12-14
  • Races 4, 5 & 6 Townsville – July 5-7
  • Races 7, 8 & 9 Bathurst – October 10-13
  • Races 10, 11 & 12 Sandown – November 8-10
  • Races 13, 14 & 15 Newcastle – November 22-24

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George Gutierrez Confident Heading Into 2019 Toyota 86 Racing Series – Press Release

George Gutierrez Confident Heading Into 2019 Toyota 86 Racing Series – Press Release

South Australian racer George Gutierrez is gearing up for his second season in Toyota 86 Racing Series commencing this weekends opening round at Phillip Island.

After a year of learning the series and national level competition, Gutierrez enters the new season full of confidence along with a fresh new naming rights sponsor in Plus IT.

“I’m super excited about the 2019 season. We will definitely be giving the championship a good crack this year, ” said Gutierrez.

“I can’t wait to see the Plus IT Toyota 86 on the TV. She already looks fantastic in photos.”

“It is going to be an extremely competitive year ahead of us. The talent pool within the category shouldn’t go underestimated, and as last year proved, consistency is going to be extremely important come the last round of the year.”

“We’ve put in a massive amount of work in the background this in the lead up to this season and I can’t express my thanks enough to those who have played a part in all this.”

Gutierrez joined the majority of the Toyota 86 Racing Series field and the recent media and test day at Phillip Island, where he had the opportunity to shakedown his refreshed ride for 2019 and get his eye back in after a long offseason. While no times were officially recorded, the young South Australian felt confident returning the track where he finished just outside the top ten last year on debut.

The 2019 Toyota 86 Racing Series begins this weekend at Phillip Island, racing alongside the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship.

All the action will be broadcast live on Fox Sports, channel 506, as well as streamed online by Kayo Sports.

Toyota 86 Racing Series 2019 Schedule:

  • Races 1, 2 & 3 Phillip Island – April 12-14
  • Races 4, 5 & 6 Townsville – July 5-7
  • Races 7, 8 & 9 Bathurst – October 10-13
  • Races 10, 11 & 12 Sandown – November 8-10
  • Races 13, 14 & 15 Newcastle – November 22-24

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Positive start to SuperUtes campaign for Mick Sieders – Press Release

Positive start to SuperUtes campaign for Mick Sieders – Press Release

Hawkesbury based racer Mick Sieders has opened his 2019 SuperUtes campaign fourth in the championship after the opening round on the streets of Adelaide.

Making his debut in the Castrol backed Toyota Hilux this year, the 24-year-old from Kurrajong kept out of trouble in what turned out to be a chaotic couple of SuperUtes races as part of the support program at the Adelaide 500, the Supercars Championship season opener.

Sieders qualified fifth to commence the weekends running. Avoiding the carnage at the first race of the weekend, a reverse grid race, the young racer moved to seventh before the race was put under the control of the safety car before the end of the first lap and ultimately finished early preventing him for making any further progress.

In the second race, Sieders kept out of trouble again as his rivals got tangled up ahead of him to finish the race in fourth in scorching, over 40 degrees conditions for the second day in a row.

Sieders then backed that up with a fifth in the last race of the weekend, to secure himself fourth in the championship standings at the conclusion of the opening round.

“It was my first time driving the Toyota Hilux, so it’s great to walk away from Adelaide fourth overall in points and to bring home a clean straight car is always a positive,” said Seiders after the weekend.

“It was tough hot racing this weekend and the team worked tirelessly all weekend to make sure I had the best race car possible to get the job done.”

Mick would like to thank all his supporters for assistance to make it on the grid for the 2019 ECB SuperUtes Series, including:

  • Castrol
  • Sieders Trucks
  • Creative Signworx
  • Sieder Racing
  • Western Sydney Motorsport

ECB SuperUtes 2019 Schedule:

  • Round 1 – Adelaide 500 – March 1-3
  • Round 2 – Perth SuperSprint – May 2-4
  • Round 3 – Winton SuperSprint – May 24-26
  • Round 4 – Townsville 400 – July 5-7
  • Round 5 – Ipswich SuperSprint – July 26-28
  • Round 6 – Bathurst 1000 – October 10-13
  • Round 7 – Gold Coast 600 – October 25-27
  • Round 8 – Newcastle 500 – November 22-24

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Plus IT step up backing of George Gutierrez in 2019 – Press Release

Plus IT step up backing of George Gutierrez in 2019 – Press Release

George Gutierrez is proud to announce that Plus IT have increased their support to take up naming rights sponsorship on his Toyota 86 Racing Series car in 2019.

The Ballarat based Information and Communications Technology (ICT) joined Gutierrez’s 2018 campaign at Bathurst, in what was a challenging debut season for the young South Australian in national level motorsport.

“I’m really proud to announce that Plus IT have stepped up their involvement this year to take up naming rights sponsorship on our car for the 2019 Toyota 86 Racing Series,” said Gutierrez.

“We’ve put a lot of work in during the offseason to make sure in our second year in the series we can challenge for the title. So to have Plus IT already locked in is a huge bonus as we look to build on the positives from last year.”

“We’ve been working on this behind the scenes since Newcastle last year and the guys from Ballarat have been an absolute pleasure to work with to get to this point.”

“Surprisingly we have a lot in common, even though we are from two different fields of work. Our passion for motorsport and goals are all the same.”

“For us, 2018 was a massive learning curve. This year we come in much more prepared and we are more aware of the challenges that lay ahead of us. I’m confident in my team and myself that we will be able to bring home some solid results this year.”

Plus IT s regional Victoria’s largest locally owned ICT company, and are looking to indulge their passion for motorsport with their increased involvement of Gutierrez’s Toyota 86 Racing Series campaign.

“Plus IT is excited to announce its sponsorship of George Gutierrez Motorsport for the 2019 racing season.”

“Plus IT has always had a love for motorsport and after their initial meeting with George and the team, we knew that we had a positive connection and shared common goals when it came to going racing.”

“The dedication of the George Gutierrez Motorsport team and the support of Plus IT are second-to-none, and we are honoured to begin this partnership.”

“A relationship built on trust, integrity and the love the of the sport, Plus IT is proud to be a major sponsor of the team and believes George has what it takes to bring it home to the chequered flag!”

“Plus IT is regional Victoria’s largest locally owned ICT company and has been supporting the Ballarat community for over a decade, with a passion for helping local businesses succeed and providing businesses with the best possible solution for their ICT needs.”

Gutierrez and his team are just putting the final touches together on their 2019 Toyota 86 Racing Series program and looking forward to making further announcements and revealing the final livery in the lead up to the opening round at Phillip Island.

Toyota 86 Racing Series 2019 Schedule:

  • Races 1, 2 & 3 Phillip Island – April 12-14
  • Races 4, 5 & 6 Townsville – July 5-7
  • Races 7, 8 & 9 Bathurst – October 10-13
  • Races 10, 11 & 12 Sandown – November 8-10
  • Races 13, 14 & 15 Newcastle – November 22-24

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Josh Burdon to race 24 Hours of Spa and Nurburgring 24 – Press Release

Josh Burdon to race 24 Hours of Spa and Nurburgring 24 – Press Release

China-based Australian Josh Burdon is set to make his 24 Hours of Spa and Nurburgring 24 hours debut as part of an expanded international GT racing programme in 2019.

Hong Kong based KC Motorgroup Ltd. (KCMG), who represented Nissan NISMO at the last weekends Bathurst 12 Hour, has announced Burdon has been selected as part of their driver line-up that will contest not only the remaining rounds of the Intercontinental GT Challenge but also the opening rounds of Germany’s VLN Endurance Championship as preparation for the famed Nurburgring 24 hours.

Burdon will share a KCMG Nissan GT-R GT3 with Edoardo Liberati and Philipp Wlazik to contest eleven races across the two championships including both of the marque 24 hours races.

“It really is a privilege for me to be able to add to my current Intercontinental GT Challenge programme with KCMG and NISMO, by representing them during the VLN series and Nurburgring 24 Hours this season. The Nordschleife is one of the most famous pieces of road in the world so I am very eager to get on track and begin work.” said Burdon.

The news of the Australian’s expanded international programme comes off the back of a strong showing at the Bathurst 12 Hour last weekend, in which Burdon set the fastest lap of the race (2:03.5382). The team was running third position midway through the race until they were forced to stop to resolve electrical issues, putting the car 11 laps behind the leaders.

Intercontinental GT Challenge Schedule:

  • Round 1 – Bathurst 12 Hour, Mt Panorama, Australia – February 1-3
  • Round 2 – California 8 Hour, Laguna Seca Raceway, USA – March 28-30
  • Round 3 – Total 24 Hours of Spa, Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium – July 25-28
  • Round 4 – Suzuka 10 Hours, Japan – August 23-25
  • Round 5 – Kyalami 9 Hour, South Africa – November 21-23

VLN Endurance Championship Schedule:

  • Test – March 16
  • Race 1 – March 23
  • Race 2 – April 13
  • Race 3 – April 27
  • Nurburgring 24 Hours Qualifying Race – May 19
  • Nurburgring 24 Hours – June 22-23

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