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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Cody Burcher earns first national level race win

Cody Burcher earns first national level race win

Cody Burcher earns first national level race win

Orange-based racer Cody Burcher has earned his first national-level circuit racing win during the Australian Formula Ford Series round at Wakefield Park over the weekend.

The 16-year-old won the opening race of the weekend in tricky conditions as gale-force winds battered the track just outside of Goulburn, NSW during qualifying and Race 1.

“Qualifying was a challenge with the wind throughout the session. We qualified in P3, but I feel that if I could have put a full lap together we probably could have been on the front row.” said Burcher at the end of the weekend.

“Race 1 I was able to get off to a good start and maintain my position initially. Then the car came on during the middle of the race and I was able to make my way up to the lead of the race by lap 8, before taking the win by one and half seconds.”

“I’m absolutely over the moon with that. It was a great race and I couldn’t really believe it. That was my first national-level race win in Formula Ford, and it was just amazing.”

Burcher continued his strong form in more favourable conditions on Sunday, finishing both races 2 and 3 on the podium. The youngster was really proud of his progress during this year that which saw him claim second for the round, his best result in Australian Formula Ford to date.

“Race 2 this morning didn’t quite go to plan. I didn’t get the best of starts but I managed to salvage a third, which was positive and we learnt a few things and we applied those to the third race.” Burcher continued.

“Again in Race 3 I didn’t get the greatest start and dropped back to fourth. Once I regained my focus and gradually made my way towards the front, getting back into second midway through the race.”

“I’m not quite sure what the lead was at the end but I was definitely closing in on him until the chequered flag.”

“I’m absolutely stoked to be on the podium every race this weekend and come out with second for the round, is just amazing.”

“I can’t thank everyone enough for making this possible, my family, all my sponsors and Justin from Synergy Motorsport.”

Burcher will be back in action when Formula Ford heads to Phillip Island for the final round at Victoria’s Phillip Island Grand Prix circuit, September 28-30.

Results:

QUALIFYING – 3rd
RACE 1 – 1st
RACE 2 – 3rd
RACE 3 – 2nd

Cody would 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

Australian Formula For Series 2019 Schedule:

  • Round 1 – Sydney Motorsport Park – April 5-7
  • Round 2 – Queensland Raceway – May 3-5
  • Round 3 – Winton Motor Raceway – May 24-26
  • Round 4 – The Bend Motorsport Park – June 21-23
  • Round 5 – Sandown Raceway – July 19-21
  • Round 7 – Wakefield Park Raceway – September 6-8
  • Round 8 – Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit – September 28-30

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Cody Burcher ready for penultimate Australian Formula Ford round

Cody Burcher ready for penultimate Australian Formula Ford round

Cody Burcher ready for penultimate Australian Formula Ford round

Orange-based racer Cody Burcher is looking forward to the challenge of the sixth round of the Australian Formula Ford Series at Wakefield Park, near Goulburn, this weekend.

The 16-year-old from the Central West of New South Wales is looking to continue the strong form that saw him battling for the lead in all three races at the last round at Melbourne’s Sandown Raceway back in July.

“The racing is going to be really exciting at Wakefield Park,” said Burcher.

“I was in the battle for the lead in all three races back at Sandown. Despite getting taking out in the first and last race, I set the fastest lap and finished second in race two.”

“So I’m looking to build on the positives from all that and put together a really good result at Wakefield Park this weekend.”

In his first full season in national level motorsport, Burcher has showcased his talent by mixing it with the leaders on a more consistent basis as the season as progressed.

This weekend’s penultimate round sees the series return to a track that the youngster knows well and he is hoping to showcase that progress by featuring on the podium this weekend.

“Wakefield Park is realistically the closest thing we have to a home track on the Formula Ford schedule, so I’m really looking forward to it.” Burcher continued.

“Car control is going to be vital to hustle around the tight and twisty circuit, We’re going to be millimetre perfect to put together a lap which is going to be really important in qualifying.”

“It’s a real drivers circuit. You’ve got to make sure you are doing your part to be quick.”

“With 26 other Formula Fords out there, the racing will be really exciting.”

This weekend’s Formula Ford round will commence with practice on Friday. Saturday will feature qualifying and Race 1, with Races 2 and 3 on Sunday.

Cody would 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

Australian Formula For Series 2019 Schedule:

  • Round 1 – Sydney Motorsport Park – April 5-7
  • Round 2 – Queensland Raceway – May 3-5
  • Round 3 – Winton Motor Raceway – May 24-26
  • Round 4 – The Bend Motorsport Park – June 21-23
  • Round 5 – Sandown Raceway – July 19-21
  • Round 7 – Wakefield Park Raceway – September 6-8
  • Round 8 – Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit – September 28-30

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Strong weekend for George Gutierrez in Townsville – Press Release

Strong weekend for George Gutierrez in Townsville – Press Release

Strong weekend for George Gutierrez in Townsville – Press Release

Plus IT backed South Australian racer George Gutierrez enjoyed solid results in the second round of the Toyota 86 Racing Series up in Townsville as part of the support card for the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship.

Gutierrez showed that the hard work since Phillip Island had been worthwhile by hustling his Toyota 86 during qualifying to start the opening race of the weekend from fifth at the tight concrete-lined street circuit which is notoriously difficult for passing.

The Adelaide based racer then backed up that performance with a sixth-place finish amongst the highly competitive 33 car field in the opening race of the weekend after a lengthy battle with fellow Paul Morris trained drivers, Luke Vanna and Declan Fraser.

In a tough street fight during race two, Gutierrez ran wide while trying to push forward, to drop a couple of places and finish the second Townsville race eighth. A position that he maintained whilst in another tough scrap during the final race of the weekend.

Ending the second round-up in Townsville with a 6th and two 8th place results and a strong championship points haul.

“Honestly, when I sit back and look at the result, I’m super proud of what we managed to achieve in Townsville”. said Gutierrez.

“It’s such a nice feeling being able to reward everyone’s hard work behind the scenes with some good results. I’m very grateful for everyone’s support and commitment.”

“Now our attention turns to making sure we can deliver yet again at Bathurst and try to get on that podium.”

“Massive thank you to Plus IT and all my sponsors. Without them, we would’ve been able to achieve these results.”

Gutierrez and his family-run team will now look to improve performance ahead for the next round of the Toyota 86 Racing Series at the iconic Mt Panorama circuit in Bathurst in October.

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 for tropic tussle – Press Release

George Gutierrez ready for tropic tussle – Press Release

George Gutierrez ready for tropic tussle – Press Release

Plus IT backed South Australian racer George Gutierrez is ready for a tropic tussle for the next round of the Toyota 86 Racing Series in Townsville this weekend.

After a lengthy break since opening round of the Toyota series at Victoria’s Phillip Island back in April, Round 2 of the series sees Gutierrez’s Adelaide based family-run team make the trip up to North Queensland, once again in support of the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship.

Gutierrez has taken advantage of the break between rounds to hone his craft, spending a couple of days with Paul Morris’s crew up at Norwell to refine his technique in order to move his Plus IT Toyota 86 to the front of the highly competitive one-make series. Experience the young driver expects to be to his advantage on the tough tight street circuit.

“Townsville is one of my favourite rounds of the year. It’s a great escape from the Adelaide winter for a couple of days,” said Gutierrez.

“Last year was our first time there, so hopefully that track knowledge we gained will play into our hands this year.”

“We’ve done plenty of homework between rounds and spent some time with the Paul Morris Driver Academy crew, so hopefully we can take that experience into this weekend.”

“We’re aiming for a good result, for sure, but also keeping it level headed at the moment and will take the weekend as it comes.”

“Thanks again to my major sponsor Plus IT. I really hope we can bring them and my team the result they deserve!”

The Toyota 86 Racing Series will be on track up in Townsville from Friday, with 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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Difficult start to Toyota 86 Series for George Gutierrez – Press Release

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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