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George Gutierrez exceeds expectations at season finale

George Gutierrez exceeds expectations at season finale

George Gutierrez exceeds expectations at season finale

South Australian racer George Gutierrez has exceeded his own expectations by finishing on the podium at the final round of the Toyota 86 Racing Series on the streets of Newcastle, supporting the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship title decider.

A third place in the second race, along with two fourth-place results, not only ensured that the young driver from Adelaide finished in the top three for the round but also moved up to seventh in the championship standings. Well ahead of his personal goal after coming into the last round just outside of the top ten.

“I don’t its sort sunk in yet. We’ve got the trophy, we’ve got the cheque. But I don’t think it’ll sink in properly until I get home.” said Gutierrez.

“That second race I was really pushing hard for second place, but I think we over pressured the tyres and I needed to back off there at the end. But very happy to get my personal best result in the series.”

“It’s a massive weight off my shoulders to get a decent result and really prove what we’re capable of. We’ve been fast all year, but now we have a trophy that shows those who have doubted us that we are capable of getting results.”

“It’s a big relief. I’m really happy about that.”

Gutierrez briefly reflected on the 2019 season upon being presented the “Best fits the values of the Toyota Way” award, at the end of season presentation dinner, for best demonstrating the Toyota brand’s two core key values throughout the year, continuous improvement and respect for people.

“The podium was definitely a highlight of the year.” Gutierrez continued.

“We finished up seventh, took home a couple of prizes and that’s a great way to wrap up a massive year.”

George is really thankful for all the support and all the work that has gone on behind the scenes to make this year possible.

George Gutierrez would like to thank his sponsors:

  • Plus IT
  • ALLTYPE Paints
  • Dan’s GYM
  • Bright Earth Solar
  • Digital Marketing Tribe
  • Scalzi Wines

George will make an announcement about his plans for the 2020 motorsport season in due course.

Good progress for George Gutierrez at Sandown

Good progress for George Gutierrez at Sandown

Good progress for George Gutierrez at Sandown

Consistent top tens at Sandown show progress for South Australian racer George Gutierrez in his second season in the Toyota 86 Racing Series.

The Plus IT backed driver ended the weekend with a 10th and 11th place results in a dramatic penultimate round to the one-make series at the historic Sandown Raceway, just outside of Melbourne, which saw the third and final race abandoned after a spectacular crash on the opening lap.

Big crashes were a theme of the event with qualifying interrupted by two red flag stoppages, leaving Gutierrez, who kept out of trouble all weekend, only able to complete a single fast lap time leaving him to start the first race from 12th.

After the weekend, the young South Australian was happy with his results given the drama.

“At the end of the day it was a good weekend, I’m pretty happy that we had the pace to mix it with the leaders,” said Gutierrez.

“In the first race, once we were clear of the rest of the field I could match the pace of the leaders, but I just couldn’t get any closer without a draft, which is important on the long straights. But they didn’t get away from me either.”

“The second race was a bit easier and I was able to move forward a couple of positions.”

“Ideally I would have qualified a bit better. Given it was our first dry running I wanted to build up on it and there isn’t really much you can do when the session just stops like that.”

“The weather was tricky all weekend, constantly changing, but we adapted really well and we kept out of all the trouble. So that’s something positive that we can take away from Sandown.”

Now, with the final round just two weeks away, Gutierrez’s attention turns to improving his championship standings.

He currently sits in 11th in the Toyota 86 Racing Series standings, but with 300 points up for grabs, he has his eyes on eighth position.

“I feel we’ve definitely improved this year in my second year in the series, so I’m hoping we can finish the year up strong.” Gutierrez added.

“A couple of good results and we can be easily inside the top ten at the end of Newcastle. Realistically I think eighth is achievable, but it is motorsport and anything can happen. Just like we’ve seen this weekend. ”

Gutierrez and his family-run team will now prepare for the final round of the Toyota 86 Racing Series on the streets of Newcastle (NSW) in  a little over a weeks time.

George Gutierrez would like to thank his sponsors:

  • Plus IT
  • ALLTYPE Paints
  • Dan’s GYM
  • Bright Earth Solar
  • Digital Marketing Tribe
  • Scaliz Wines

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 set to hustle at Sandown – Press Release

George Gutierrez set to hustle at Sandown – Press Release

George Gutierrez set to hustle at Sandown – Press Release

After a laid back start to the 2019 Toyota 86 Racing Series, South Australian racer George Gutierrez is ready to ramp things up for the final two events starting with this weekend’s penultimate round as part of the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship’s Sandown 500.

The Plus IT backed driver will be looking build upon the progress made at Bathurst a month ago, with the target of moving inside the top ten in the championship standings before the final round.

“I’m optimistic heading into Sandown,” said Gutierrez as he finalised preparations for the upcoming round.

“Last year we had a real mix of conditions at Sandown and didn’t get a lot of dry running. So we really don’t have a benchmark.”

“It looks like it’ll wet conditions again this weekend. Which is good, it evens out the field out a bit more and changeable grip levels will make the racing interesting. That’s for sure. I’m just really hoping that the conditions will be consistent.”

Gutierrez is also hoping that the street circuit like nature of Sandown will play to his favour, although he’s yet to see the recent changes to the circuit first hand.

“I really enjoy Sandown, its a bit like a street circuit, which we tend to do quite well at. Just look at Townsville.” Gutierrez continued.

“The track itself is quite unique with the different bitumen surfaces at different sections. Also to go fast you need to hit the curbs, plus there is that fast bit at the back which has had a change for this year.”

“So I’m hoping for a result, particularly as its the closest to being a home round for our major sponsor Plus IT. But I don’t really have any expectations.”

Gutierrez is just 64 points outside of the top eight in the championship, and with 300 up for grabs at Sandown.

The Toyota 86 Racing Series will be on track at Sandown, just outside of Melbourne with two practice sessions and qualifying on Friday before three races over the rest of the weekend. All the action will be broadcast live on Fox Sports, channel 506, as well as streamed online by Kayo Sports.

George Gutierrez would like to thank his sponsors:

  • Plus IT
  • ALLTYPE Paints
  • Dan’s GYM
  • Bright Earth Solar
  • Digital Marketing Tribe
  • Scaliz Wines

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 takes positives from Mt Panorama – Press Release

George Gutierrez takes positives from Mt Panorama – Press Release

George Gutierrez takes positives from Mt Panorama – Press Release

South Australian racer George Gutierrez has taken the positives from a mixed round of the Toyota 86 Racing Series at the world-famous Mount Panorama circuit in Bathurst, supporting the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship.

Making the most of the opportunity to race at the iconic circuit, Gutierrez had been on track for another solid top ten result until a failure of $30 part halted his progress in the final race of the weekend.

The Adelaide based racer wasn’t on the pace of his rivals initially and used Thursday’s two practice sessions as well as Friday’s qualifying to tune his Toyota to the Mount Panorama circuit, ultimately qualifying in 16th amongst the 34 car field.

“Practice and qualifying weren’t the greatest for us pace-wise, but the smile on my face made it all worth it. Plenty of positives to take away. What a track!” said Gutierrez.

Gutierrez finally found the sweet spot in the setup of his 86 on Saturday and moved his way forward to finish Race 1 in 11th and Race 2 in 8th and was set to continue that progress until an ABS fault in Sunday’s third race, in the lead up to the Bathurst 1000.

“We reinvent the wheel, tuned everything up and it was a great turn around for us in Race 1 and 2. P11 and P8 were great results.” Gutierrez continued.

“In Race 1, I got a ripper start and got a few off the line and then they started dropping like flys. Race 2 again another great start, got past a couple more through the middle of the race. But at the end, I was just sort of a lone soldier there and wasn’t able to get any closer to the group in front without a tow.”

“We were looking really good to mix it with the leading guys in the third race of the weekend, however, we suffered an ABS fault at the start. I managed to keep out of trouble and limp the car through the opening lap and get back to the pits, but by the time we had reset car we had dropped well behind the rest of the field.”

“When the car gets an ABS fault it goes into limp mode and without ABS it’s pretty much like driving without brakes, something really important at a track like Bathurst.”

“It’s funny how a simple $30 switch can have such an impact. Oh well, that’s motorsport I guess.”

“Honestly, if you took Sunday out the picture, it was quite a solid weekend. Which is really good for championship points and the next round at Sandown is just around the corner.”

“We’ll take the positives of Races 1 and 2 and look build upon that there. A massive thank you to my sponsors and supporters.”

Gutierrez and his family-run team will now prepare for next round of the Toyota 86 Racing Series at the historic Sandown Raceway in Melbourne in November.

George Gutierrez would like to thank his sponsors:

  • Plus IT
  • ALLTYPE Paints
  • Dan’s GYM
  • Bright Earth Solar
  • Digital Marketing Tribe
  • Scaliz Wines

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 ready to take on The Mountain – Press Release

George Gutierrez ready to take on The Mountain – Press Release

George Gutierrez ready to take on The Mountain – Press Release

Plus IT backed South Australian racer George Gutierrez is ready to once again take on the most iconic race track in Australia, Mount Panorama.

Three months after the second round in Townsville, the Toyota 86 Racing Series will be back in action in support of the biggest race of the year, the Bathurst 1000.

While Gutierrez endured a difficult run last year in the Toyota series at Bathurst, the young driver will be looking to build on the positives results, well inside the top ten, from Townsville when racing gets back underway this weekend with a view to continue that momentum through a very busy end of the year for the one-make series.

“It’s been a big break between rounds for us. I actually sat in a race car yesterday for the first time in three months just to blow out the cobwebs and sharpen up the skills again to get ready for a big weekend at Mount Panorama.” said Gutierrez.

“Bathurst is one of those places I always look forward to going to. Even if it was to race a shopping trolley, I would be there. The opportunity to race at such an iconic venue is just so cool!”

“Last years races at Bathurst weren’t really the best for us, getting caught up in a Race 1 crash which put us on the back foot all weekend. But with all the positives coming out of the last round in Townsville, we’re hoping we can carry that momentum into this weekend and put last year well and truly behind us.”

The Toyota 86 Racing Series will be on track at Mount Panorama, Bathurst with two practice sessions on Thursday before qualifying and three races over the rest of the weekend. 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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Cody Burcher stoked with progress during debut Australian Formula Ford season

Cody Burcher stoked with progress during debut Australian Formula Ford season

Cody Burcher stoked with progress during debut Australian Formula Ford season

Orange-based racer Cody Burcher is stoked with his progress throughout his first national-level motorsport campaign in the Australian Formula Ford Series after the final round of the 2019 season at Phillip Island over the weekend.

The 16-year-old once again thrived in tricky conditions at the Victorian venue in his WP Concreting backed Spectrum to show really good pace and mix it with the championship contenders all weekend.

Despite a stuck throttle in qualifying that only saw him manage to complete two flying laps, Burcher still qualified seventh at the high-speed circuit before continuing his progress to move his way up the order during the races.

“In Race 1, everything was thrown at me once. We were caught in other peoples incidents, but still managed to move up to sixth in the shortened race, which was alright.” said Burcher at the end of the weekend.

“Race 2 was better, I dropped back to eighth at the start getting off the line in the wet, but moved my way back up to second in a couple of laps. We had good speed and I was reeling the race leader Angelo (Mouzouris) and I set the fastest lap by over a second on the second last lap. We probably didn’t have the engine power, so the rain was a big equaliser. I really enjoyed that race.”

“Race 3 didn’t quite go to plan. I had a good start and was racing up the front and in the battle for the lead of the race in the wet conditions, but got caught out along with some other cars passing one of the lapped Kent cars under a yellow flag. The penalty dropped us down to ninth.”

“We had really good car speed all weekend and I learnt a lot. It was a big learning week, particularly with car craft and slipstreaming. It’s good to know we have really good speed in the wet and we’re able to race up the front. It was a positive weekend all round,”

The second place in Race 2 at Phillip Island was another highlight showing the progress that Burcher had made throughout the year after putting together to deal just before the opening round to join Synergy Motorsport and compete in the national Formula Ford series for the first time.

“This year has been fantastic. It has exceeded my expectations, I never considered that I’d be contending for pole positions and podiums let alone a claiming a race win in my first season of Australian Formula Ford.”

“It’s been a big learning curve, but I’m really proud of the progress that myself and the team have made and what we’ve been able to achieve by the end of the season, both on and off the track.”

“The race win at Wakefield Park was certainly a highlight and an emotional one for Dad.”

“I’m just stoked with how this year has gone.”

Cody is really thankful for all the support and all the work that has gone on behind the scenes to make this year possible. Not only his sponsors but his family as well as special mention to Justin Cotter, Tim Leahey, David Varian, Dell Ryan and Wayne Pengilly.

Results:

QUALIFYING – 7th
RACE 1 – 6th
RACE 2 – 2nd
RACE 3 – 9th

Cody would also like to thank his supporters for making this season possible including:

  • Tyre Power Orange
  • Tony Leahey Motor Group
  • WP Concreting
  • SMS Mortgage solutions
  • Green Homes Australia
  • Penrite
  • Canoblas Auto One
  • Central West Signarama
  • Magical Clean
  • Micklyn Transport
  • Apple City Auto Electrics
  • Viatek
  • Central West Tripple MMM 105.1
  • Home & Hosed Orange

Cody will make an announcement about his plans for the 2020 motorsport season in due course.

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