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Friday, 5th October 2007
TOUGH DAY AT MOUNT PANORAMA FOR RE-CAR RACING

Re-Car Racing remains upbeat despite a tough day in the Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series during the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000.
 
Qualifying got off to a strong start for driver Robert Jones, who quickly fell into the mid 2 minute 13s early in the session. “The car handled really well” he said. “We were consistently in the top half dozen in split times across the top of the mountain throughout all of practice so we were confident of a great lap time.
 
I was able to string together a couple of very quick laps with the fastest being around seventh tenths up on my best qualifying time from last year. I was then on one of my last flying laps when the car stepped sideways and I brushed the wall at BP Cutting. The damage was mainly superficial. But the relatively minor impact slightly bent the steering arm and we needed a replacement clutch.
 
The Re-Car Racing crew then set about repairing the #69 Holden Commodore and were able to take their spot on the grid for the start of the race.
 
The car got off the line really well considering the repairs that had just taken place” commented Jones after the race. “It was definitely tough being down on horsepower but to be within the points in the open stages was more than we hoped for this weekend. And the crew did a spectacular job making sure it was race ready.
 
Coming around for my 8th lap, I was just aiming to stay out of trouble. I was in front of a fellow competitor, who was clearly quicker, so I moved across to give him plenty of space to go through. However as he started to go past me, he pushed me wide and I soon ran out of room hitting the dirty part of the track. By then it was all over, the car lost grip and it made an impact with the wall causing quite a lot of damage to both ends of the car.
 

We’re really disappointed that what was clearly an open door for him to overtake me was viewed as an opportunity to push me off the road.

Jones was shaken after the incident and was taken to hospital as a precautionary measure after complaining of dizziness. After medical checks however, he was released and cleared to continue competing for the rest of the round.

Subsequent to the race, the fellow competitor involved in the incident with Jones was disqualified for entire event and sent home after it was discovered he’d done similar to another driver over the course of the weekend.
 
Ultimately, despite the incident in the race – the car was fantastic and I can’t thank the team enough. It was great to be inside the top 50% of the field up until then. We felt really competitive and hopefully that pace will still be in the car if we can finish repairs before the start of the race tomorrow.

Race 2 for the Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series start at 13:40 on Saturday.

For further information, please contact Re-Car Racing 

 
Thursday, 4th October 2007
RE-CAR RACING HOT OFF THE BLOCKS IN BATHURST PRACTICE

Re-Car Racing has gotten off to a strong start to Round 6 of the Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series on day one of the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000.
 
Robert Jones was quickly up to speed in the Holden Commodore in the opening practice – knocking on the top ten for most of the session before a late surge by fellow competitors in the dying minutes saw the young Victorian fall slightly down the time sheet while stationary in the pits.
 
The main aim in first practice wasn't to be quick,” said Jones, “but rather focus on car setup and getting reacquainted with the circuit.
 
I made several trips into the pits for setup changes over the 35 minutes. We definitely moved in the right direction in only a short period of time with my quickest lap being one of the last ones of the session.
 
By the time second practice came around, the 69 crew had improved the handling of the car even further and Jones was only two tenths off his fastest ever lap of the Mount Panorama circuit.
 
For second practice, we aimed to get some pace into the car” Jones commented at the end of the day. “Qualifying is hugely important on this circuit – particularly with such short races that are usual heavily influenced by safety car periods.
 
We decided to put on a brand new set of tyres on the car mid way through the final practice session and I almost cracked my personal best time which is an enormous boost for the whole team.
 

To be well ahead of the other older generation VX Holden Commodores and AU Ford Falcons really bodes well for a fantastic result this weekend. It's always going to be hard to compete against the new generation BA's and VZ's. However, just to be knocking on the door of the top half of the field is a great accomplishment on the first day and should mean a strong result in qualifying and Race 1.
 
Qualifying for the Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series starts at 8am Friday with Race 1 at 12:45pm and can be seen live on Channel Seven.

For further information, please contact Re-Car Racing 

 
Wednesday, 3rd October 2007
RE-CAR RACING PREPARED FOR MOUNTAIN ASSAULT

Re-Car Racing is ready to hit the track for Round 6 of the Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series at this weekends Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 event. The Victorian based team and driver Robert Jones finalised their preparation for an assault on the Bathurst round with a successful test session at Victoria’s Winton Raceway.

Jones, at the helm of the #69 VX Holden Commodore, hit the track in fine conditions easily setting times better than those he set in the mostly wet Winton round in late May.

The test day started really well and within three laps I was right on the pace” said Jones. “We did over 70 laps during the course of the day, focusing mainly on setup. With the nature of Bathurst and my own driving style – we worked particularly hard on the front end of the car so that should help with the overall balance.

It was my first chance to jump back into the V8 since the July round at Queensland Raceway so it was definitely a bonus to just get back into the rhythm of the car. However I have kept myself race fit this year by competing in the Victorian Formula Ford championship.

The world renowned Mount Panorama circuit sits in the heart of rural NSW and the 6.213km long track demands the most from drivers and their equipment with experience plus a good qualifying position being key to a successful weekend.

Jones, who is competing for the seventh time at Bathurst in a V8, is looking forward to a strong weekend.

The whole team can’t wait to head back to Bathurst,” commented Jones. “This is the Holy Grail for us and we’ve worked hard all season in preparation for this round. We have all the confidence that we will be competitive in the two races over the course of the weekend.

It was a very difficult round last year with the tragic loss of Mark Porter. I also had a massive incident at the top of the mountain in the last race of the weekend which tore the car up and knocked me out. But despite what happened in 2006, there is definitely no lack of motivation to keep pushing hard this year. I know I can do the team proud and score some points while competing against the hugely talented field.”

The weekend kicks off with Practice on Thursday morning with Qualifying and Race 1 on Friday before Race 2 wrapping up the round on Saturday afternoon.

For further information, please contact Re-Car Racing 

 
Sunday, 22nd July 2007
RE-CAR RACING LEAVE QUEENSLAND ON A POSITIVE

Re-Car Racing and their driver Robbie Jones have left a tough Ipswish round on a positive. The Victorian based team went in with high hopes of building on their Winton success and have walked away with invaluable race mileage and car setup as they head into the closing half of the Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series.

The Queensland Raceway circuit proved to be quiet a challenge for Jones and his team. The car rolled off the back of the truck with niggling handling issues, requiring a number of major setup changes over the course of the weekend to improve the car.

Practice was pretty exciting, I spent the whole time sideways speedway style” said Jones. “It certainly was a tough start to the round but I knew the crew would be able to sort out the problems.”

With the car still slightly off the pace, qualifying resulted in a disappointing start from near the rear of the field. However brave driving and a better handling car soon saw the #69 Re-Car VX Holden Commodore move through the pack to finish an impressive seven places up on his qualifying position.

I definitely drove hard in Race 1. With a good set of tyres and more changes, the car setup was slowly coming together and I knew it would only get better over the last two races,” Jones said.

Overnight changes between races one and two helped improve the car even further and Jones was able to pick off a few more positions in Race 2 to finish 21st and still comfortably on the lead lap.

By Race 3 Jones had a vastly better handling car and was able, despite facing severe glare across most of the track as the sun went down, to post his quickest race lap time for the round.

Really, we couldn’t have asked for better. The main aim of the weekend was to get more time in the seat before rounds like Bathurst and obviously get more data from the car,” commented Jones at the end of the weekend.

We went into Round 4 also wanting to stay out of trouble and put a straight car back on the transporter, and we achieved that but it didn’t stop me from driving as hard as I could.

I particularly want to mention the team as well, who did a fantastic job working with me to improve the setup and I can’t thank them enough.”

By the end of the weekend, Jones finished just three spots outside of the overall point’s standings for the round and consolidated 19th overall in the Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series championship.

For further information, please contact Re-Car Racing 

 
Thursday, 19th July 2007
RE-CAR RACING REMAINING CONFIDENT HEADING INTO ROUND 4

Robbie Jones and the Re-Car Racing team are ready for action as they head into Round 4 of the Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series at Queensland Raceway in Ipswich. Coming off a strong sixth place overall at Winton Raceway in Round 3, the 28yr old Victorian is confident of another strong result this weekend.

Round 3 at Winton Raceway was a positive weekend for us,” said Jones “To be inside the Top 10, racing side by side with some of the big budget teams was great. Our start to the weekend was pretty tough but the team and I worked together to improve the car and we had a fantastic result.

Returning to Queensland Raceway for the first time since 2005 will be big hurdle for the team who has made the long trek from their Melbourne home base.

I have not raced at Queensland Raceway for a couple of years now, which will make this weekend pretty interesting for me and the team. However we’re confident of a good showing in the #69 Re-Car VX Holden Commodore in its final hit out at this track before we move to our new chassis for the 2008 season. Hopefully I can build on my results from the last round, and improve my championship position.

Round 4 of the Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series kicks off on Friday at 9:00am for the opening 35 minute practice session.

For further information, please contact Re-Car Motorsport 

 
Thursday, 5th May 2007
RE-CAR RACING EAGER THAN EVER IN 2007

Robert Jones and the Re-Car Racing family are ready to make their 2007 debut at Winton Raceway on Friday May 18th in Round 3 of the Fujitsu Development Series in the Re-Car sponsored VX Holden Commodore.

While the 2007 season didn’t start as planned with the Clipsal 500 and the second round at Wakefield Park not contested, the delay has provided the opportunity team Owner Bob Jones and the crew at Re-Car Racing to conduct a major over haul to the Re-Car racer.

Over the past month the crew has worked hard to make sure the car is ready for the challenge of the stop start nature of the Winton Raceway, with the engine completely new internally, plus new brakes, rear end and fully serviced shocks now in place.

The team took the opportunity to test at Winton on the 8th of May just ten days prior to the third round at the home track. Some quality track time allowed the team to run some components in and set up the car - while Robbie familiarised himself with the track again having not raced at the circuit since 2004 where he finished 4th overall and was the top placed Holden. He also took the opportunity to also reacquaint himself with the car with the last time he hit the track being the final round of the 2006 season at Phillip Island in December.

Robbie was called upon in early April to set the pace once again in the V8 Supercar Championship Series as the Safety Car driver of the Series at the Placemakers New Zealand Round 3. Robbie explains how this unfolds; “The safety car gig was a good opportunity, it gives an interesting look into the way the system works (the race management and race control). But as official supplier of graphics to V8 Supercars Australia (through Re-Car), I am required to supply decals for a course car that is supplied locally in each destination where the V8s travel internationally (Bahrain & New Zealand )so it’s a nice way to be part of the main series.

“The highlight? Probably rattling through pit lane at pace (without fear of a penalty) due to a first lap incident in race one (Dean Canto). I guess the thrill of racing side by side with the front of the V8 pack, was a little too much though I did rather like being in front of the field”.

At the moment Re-Car Racing is full steam ahead for the 3rd Round of the Fujitsu Development Series at Winton Raceway. “Business commitments mean our plans for the season after Winton are not firm, but at the very least we will be doing Bathurst and Phillip Island. We’d like to be at Queensland and Oran Park if we can but running the business has to be the priority” says Robbie. “A good outcome at our home track will undoubtedly wet everyone’s appetite for more competition.”

Round 3 gets underway on Friday May 18th at 9:30am in front of what is expected to be a large and supportive home crowd, when the V8 Development Cars hit Winton Raceway for the first practice session.

For further information, please contact Re-Car Motorsport 

 
Wednesday, 13th September 2006
RE-CAR RACING IN MOTORSPORT NEWS
The Re-Car Racing Commodore has appeared in the latest edition of Motorsport News. Make sure you grab a copy and check it out, otherwise click on the picture below for the article.

 

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Friday, 1st September 2006
RE-CAR RACER RETURNS

The return of truck repairer Re-Car to major motor sport sponsorship will take place at Malalla with the entry of Robbie Jones in the SA Fujitsu series round. Back in the mid 1980’s the Re-Car name was a well known one around the country as one of the backers of the Allan Grice/Win Percy VL Walkinshaw Commodore that triumphed at Mt Panorama in 1990. “It’s great to be associated with such a well known brand and we’re looking to help re-establish the name as part of Re-Car’s overall marketing plan” says Robbie who’s father and team owner Bob acquired the Re-Car truck repair network early in 2005.

“It was always going to be a bit of stretch getting things happening on the track while working this new business” says Bob. “We’d actually planned to be back well before this, but Robbie’s had a few issues to deal with” In a bad start to 2006, Robbie came off a bicycle during a training ride that fractured a finger and put paid to any hopes of making the Clipsal support event in Adelaide. Queensland was the next event the Re-Car racer had scheduled before Robbie found himself in hospital with the removal of wisdom teeth.

“Yeah, it’s not been a terrific year so far I suppose, but we’re on song now and I’m really looking forward to blowing out the cobwebs in testing at Winton and having a good weekend at Malalla” Robbie says. The Re-Car team is confident of making the oversubscribed grid at Malalla where 30 places are available to the 33 entrants vying for a start. “The VX is in pretty good order and Malalla is a track I know well and enjoy” says Robbie who has not competed since Phillip Island in 05. “We know championship points are unlikely, but I’ll be happy with a respectable mid-field result. We just want to get out on the track and build up to something a bit more substantial for the next two races.” The team has confirmed their intention to compete at both Bathurst and Phillip Island in the remaining two Fujitsu events and Phillip Island will be the last outing for the VX as the team’s chief engineer Paris Acott and his team is well advanced with a new VZ Commodore or a full campaign in 2007.

Car-Trek Racing has long been known for turning out superbly presented race cars and this new Re-Car design will be no exception. “It’s a complete new scheme and a bit of a move away from the multi-coloured schemes of the past” Robbie says. A sign writer by trade, Robbie has designed the new Re-Car racer’s livery himself. “It’s a labour of love and something that I really enjoy. I do the lot from design, to cutting the vinyl and installation which takes a bit of time, that’s for sure”. Robbie’s’ company, Car-Trek Sign & Design is no stranger to vehicle wraps and racing livery. Robbie has been engaged by V8 Supercars Australia to re-decal the safety and pace cars for November’s major team round in Bahrain where he’ll also drive one of the cars for the promoter, a task he had in 05 in Shanghai. “That’ll be a bit different for sure and I’m looking forward to the experience. Kurt Sakzewski from V8 Supercars has made it very clear; “get the new signs on, THEN you can have a drive” so, there’s plenty of incentive. With the amount of track time I’ll have had this year, I can use every extra minute I can find.”

For further information, please contact Ian Pendlebury 

 
Monday, 24th October 2005
SPIES HECKER RACING IN THE AUSTRALIAN BODY SHOP NEWS MAGAZINE
The Spies Hecker Racing Commodore has appeared in the latest edition of Australian Body Shop News. Make sure you grab a copy and check it out, otherwise click on the picture below for the article.

 

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Tuesday, 11th October 2005
BATHURST RACE REPORT AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD
The race report for this event is now available for download. Please go to "Events" to get it and others from this year, or click on the link below.

2005 Bathurst Race Report (1.2mb)

 
Saturday, 8th October 2005
6TH PLACE FINISH IN AN INCIDENT PACKED RACE 2
There were many drivers in Saturday’s rain affected race that couldn’t handle the tricky conditions; one that did was Robbie Jones in the Spies Hecker Commodore. He drove superbly to be nicely placed in 6th when the race was red flagged and stopped for good. Unfortunately for Robbie’s championship points tally, the race was declared a non-event due to the cars not completing enough laps.

Unlike race 1, this race was full of action and Robbie found himself amongst a lot of it. A first corner coming together between Robbie, Phillip Scifleet and Steve Voight could have ended his day prematurely. All three drivers looked as if they were trying out for the Holden Performance Driving Centre stunt team. As Robbie was trying to get between Scifleet and Voight, they both squeezed him causing a clash between Robbie and Scifleet. As Scifleet headed right across Robbie’s bonnet, he hit Voight who headed right back across Robbie’s bonnet in the other direction. Some quick thinking and skilful driving meant that Robbie avoided the carnage and picked up a couple of valuable positions for his efforts.

As they headed across the mountain for the first time, everyone had to tippy toe around as the track was quit wet up the top. The place that seemed to catch everybody out was through The Chase. The varying weather conditions caused the race to be red flagged shortly afterwards and all cars entered pit lane for what would be a complete restart.

The team opted to stay on slicks for the restart as there were reports of steam rising from the track across the top of the mountain. As Robbie headed out for the circulation lap, the inevitable happened and it started to rain heavily. The race only lasted another couple of laps before a major incident brought out the red flags again and the race was stopped with Robbie is 6th position.

“That was possibly the longest 6 lap race I’ve ever been involved in. It had a bit of everything, two starts, two red flags, plenty of off circuit adventurers and a 6th spot to boot. I’m wrapped that I could keep this 600+ horsepower beast under control in the conditions and bring it home safely. Pity the official results don’t count, but it was great for the team that we could get a 6th spot by the end of the weekend.” said Robbie, “I would like to thank all of the team for their efforts over the last few weeks. Bathurst is always a huge event wether you are in the 1000km race or not, and to be able to reward the team with a 6th place is awesome, I’m really happy. And of course, thanks to our sponsors for supporting us this year and hopefully into the future.”

Bob was also very pleased with how the weekend finished up, “There was nothing more we could have asked for from Robbie, the car or the track. The Mountain delivered us some pretty awful conditions and Robbie handled himself and the car so well. The race finish was a little anti-climatic but it was great to get the car back with all panels still intact. I have raced here myself in the wet and its not something you look forward to, especially not on slick tyres. Robbie’s car control this weekend and especially in this race is to be commended and a big thanks to our boys for their efforts this week.”

Photos of the event can be found here.

For more information on the HPDC Bathurst event, please check out the following links:

 
Friday, 7th October 2005
LUCKY ESCAPE FOR ROBBIE & OUR NATIONAL EMBLEM IN RACE 1
Another consistent and trouble free drive from Robbie sees him finish in 12th position. His prediction of matching his qualifying times all race was spot on as he never missed a beat and proved once again that he is an experienced driver that knows how to get the car home safely.

Whilst the drive was trouble free, it certainly wasn’t without its hairy moments. In one of the most bizarre events of the Bathurst weekend, ‘Skippy’ the bush Kangaroo came within inches of meeting Robbie and a potentially fatal incident for itself and disaster for Robbie. As the Spies Hecker Commodore rounded Forest Elbow, a Kangaroo jumped the outside concrete barrier and hopped towards the middle of the circuit. As the roo tried to turn and get out of the way, it slipped and slid towards Robbie and the car behind him.

“It was the strangest radio call I think I’ve ever received” said Robbie after the event, “I actually didn’t see the Kangaroo when I was driving, and when Paris Acott (Chief Engineer) got on the radio saying something about a kangaroo it totally threw me. I was racing Jay (Verdnik) for position at the time and I got halfway down Conrod and realised he was no longer in my mirrors. Obviously the roo was the cause of this, so I guess I have to thank Skippy for his efforts!”

Bob was in two minds as to whether or not to advise Robbie of the roo on track, “Race Control were on the radio saying that there had been a Kangaroo spotted at Forest Elbow, and I thought if I told Robbie he may look for it and lose his focus, so I let it go and held my breath. Luckily for all parties involved nothing came of it in the end, but it looked mighty close on the replay. We certainly didn’t want a reply of the Steven Richards incident of last year when it cost him dearly.”

Robbie drove the Spies Hecker Commodore to its maximum all race and whilst dicing with Phillip Scifleet he managed to just brush the wall at McPhillamy Park, just before Skyline, at over 190km/h.

“The wall got awfully close from where I was sitting. I was right in his boot lid and when you are that close to somebody, you start to lose sight of your braking markers and the racing line, so I was pretty much blinded. I was coming across the top of the mountain, building speed and the car just edged sideways over the bump in the road and nudged the mirror on the wall. It was a heart stopper for sure.” said Robbie in reflection.

Race 1 - Final Positions
Race 1 - Individual Lap Times

Photos of the event can be found here.

Race 2 starts at 1:35pm EST tomorrow, so stay tuned for the results following that.

For more information on the HPDC Bathurst event, please check out the following links:

 
Thursday, 6th October 2005

SENSATIONAL QUALIFYING REAPS BENEFITS

A sensational qualifying session from Robbie Jones will see him start tomorrow's 14 lap sprint race from 13th position. Running around in the lower 50% of qualifying is always hard, but a duel between Robbie and Tony Evangelou had the crowd on their feet. Being the fastest two guys from the lower 50%, they each traded fastest lap times until Robbie was just pipped at the post by Tony after their 7 lap slog. Robbie's time is a 2.15.1900 which is only one tenth off his time from last year when the car's were 100kg lighter. His time was all the more impressive given that the pole position this year is a 2.10.4891 but the year before it was a 2:08.8866, almost two seconds difference.

Robbie was very happy with the car setup during qualifying, "The car was awesome. The track was fast towards the end of the day and I was able to peel off 7 consistent laps all within a second of each other, which gives me confidence that I can match my qualifying times all day tomorrow. A lot of the faster guys won't be able to do that in the race, so they better keep an eye in the rear view because I'll be coming!"

Team Manager Bob Jones was also very impressed with Robbie's efforts, "He drove well. He pushed the car to the maximum during the firs two practice sessions today, turning two tyres into 50 cent pieces, but in the crunch of qualifying he didn't put a foot wrong and turned out a great lap to have him in 13th position. We think that given the changes made to the HPDC cars for this year, that his lap time of 2.15.1900 was probably equivalent to about a high 2.13 or low 2.14 lap time which is sensational."

Qualifying - Final Positions
Qualifying - Individual Lap Times

Photos of the event can be found here.

Race 1 starts at 12:45pm EST tomorrow, so stay tuned for the results following that.

For more information on the HPDC Bathurst event, please check out the following links:

 
Thursday, 6th October 2005

STEADY PROGRESS IN PRACTICE 2

Practice 2 didn't go quite to plan, but it still yielded a quicker time for Robbie, posting a 2:16.1465 which sits him in 15th spot. Whilst this is a backward step from Practice 1, Robbie maintains his status as the 3rd quickest Holden in the field and the 4th fastest of the older model cars (being AU's and VX's).

Robbie had complained of a vibration in the car for the first few laps, and a closer inspection revealing that one of the wheels had loosened a little, making the car almost impossible to control at speed. With this problem rectified, the team threw on a new set of tyres at the end of the session to try and get a few good quick laps in but Robbie couldn't get a clean piece of track and the session was lost.

Qualifying is next, and with Robbie positioned in the lower 50% of the group, this will make it hard for him to get a quick lap in but he is confident he can do so.

On another note, it was great to see Steve Corna and Rick Naylor from Thales in the pits as special guests of the team. Steve, being an ex-racer himself and general rev head, is loving the experience to be with the team and Rick is on a very steep learning curve!

Practice 2 - Final Positions
Practice 2 - Individual Lap Times

Photos of the event can be found here.

Qualifying starts at 4:20pm EST so stay tuned for the results following that.

For more information on the HPDC Bathurst event, please check out the following links:

 
Thursday, 6th October 2005

FIRST CLASS START IN PRACTICE 1

Robbie's 2005 Bathurst campaign got off to a great start this morning, finishing the first practice session in 11th position. On a circuit that usually offers little in grip until late in the weekend, he was still able to post a very commendable time of 2:18.2180. Robbie's last lap of the first session, one marred by two red flags for various incidents, was going to place him well inside the top ten until a massive brake lock up heading into The Chase put an end to all that... and the tyre.

The Spies Hecker Racing Commodore was in and around the top ten all session, and was only tipped out of the ten on the last lap.

Bob Jones said he was 'over the moon' with how well the car was running and how well Robbie had got on the pace early. He could hardly contain the anticipation of waiting for what will come of Practice 2.

"There is a lot more left in this car this weekend. A little fine tuning on the set-up and who knows where we will end up. The car is strong and Robbie's ability to maintain a consistent and fast pace throughout the race should see him finish higher than he started... I can't wait!"

Practice 1 - Final Positions
Practice 1 - Individual Lap Times

Photos of the event can be found here.

Practice 2 starts at 2:20pm EST so stay tuned for the results following that.

For more information on the HPDC Bathurst event, please check out the following links:

 
Tuesday, 4th October 2005

IT'S ALL GO FOR BATHURST!

The final preparations for the biggest race of the year have been completed and now it's time to head up the Mountain for what should prove to be a great week of racing. The predicted crowd attendance will be in the vicinity of 175,000 screaming race fans, with a television audience of millions in Australia and even more so around the world. As the main support event in the Super Cheap Auto 1000, the HPDC V8's will put on a show worthy of those kind of crowds, with nobody more excited than Spies Hecker Racing's own Robbie Jones.

"It's the biggest motor race in Australia and arguably, the best race for touring cars in the world at the best track in the world." says Robbie, "There is no question that this track throws things at you that you cannot plan for and all you can do is be as best prepared as possible, and hopefully that's what we've done. Having competed in the 1000km race 2 years ago we will take that valuable knowledge with us into this weekend's two 14 lap races."

As usual in motor racing, the preparations didn't go quite to plan with the team only fitting the gear box into the car late last night, just in time to get it packed in the truck and off to Bathurst. The gear box problem was picked up in the final shake down in the workshop late yesterday and quickly rectified.

Bob Jones, Spies Hecker Racing Team Manager and former touring car Privateer Championship Winner, knows Bathurst well and as usual, had some words of advice for Robbie, "You have to respect this track and what it gives you and you have to be on your game 100% of the time."

Please tune in to Channel 10 on Saturday from 12:00pm to watch the HPDC V8's in action, and support Robbie in the #69 Spies Hecker Racing VX Commodore.

There will be regular updates as the weekend progresses, so please stay tuned to the website for some great inside details and exclusive chats to the driver.

Event Schedule:

Thursday October 7
Practice One 35 minutes 9.35am – 10.10am
Practice Two 35 minutes 2.20pm – 2.55pm
Qualifying 40 minutes 4.20pm – 5.10pm

Friday October 8
Race One 14-laps 12.45pm – 1.25pm

Saturday October 9
Race Two 14-laps 1.35pm – 2.15pm

 
Monday, 1st August 2005

RACE REPORTS FOR EASTERN CREEK & QUEENSLAND ARE AVAILABLE

The race reports for both of these events are now available for download. Please go to "Events" to get them or click on the links below.

Eastern Creek (1.5mb)
Queensland Raceway (1.7mb)

 
Wednesday, 13th July 2005

CONGRATULATIONS CHIPPY

Car-Trek Racing would like to congratulate Tim "Chippy" Jones on his move to Perkins Engineering. Whilst this is a great loss to the Car-Trek Racing pit crew, I'm sure Perkins Engineering will be more than impressed with their new hiring.

Chippy started with Car-Trek Racing in 2004 and has worked on both the V8 Supercar and the Formula Ford throughout his time with us. He came to Car-Trek through the Kangan Batman TAFE motor sport course. At the start of 2005 he began at the Wodonga TAFE doing a more intensive motor sport course. This is where Perkins Engineering got a hold of him and he has now started his apprenticeship as a fabricator with them.

Well done Chippy and best of luck with the future. Hopefully you will still be available for some races in either the V8's or the FF's.

 
Tuesday, 28th June 2005

WINTON TESTING

Robbie heads to Winton today in preparation for the next HPDC V8 round at Eastern Creek.

The test session will prove most valuable for Robbie, who is yet to drive this season, as it will give him a chance to shake the cobwebs off. The car will also get a good run and a chance to shake the cobwebs, as it has just returned from Acott Race Craft where team engineer Paris Acott has been giving the car a freshen up.

Fingers crossed the weather stays fine and the car returns to Melbourne a winner.

 
Tuesday, 7th June 2005

ROBBIE HEADS TO CHINA!

Late last week, the possibility of Robbie heading to China with the V8's came about, and it was an opportunity just too good to miss.

"The chance to lead a hungry pack of V8's around the new circuit will fantastic" says Robbie, "Pity I'll be in the safety car!".

That's right... Robbie will be the safety car driver for the first ever V8 Supercar race in China. Much like he has done previously at Bathurst and other assorted tracks, he will be taking his role as safety car driver very seriously.

The safety car for this weekend will be the Chrysler 300C, the same model car they have been taking around the country this season in Australia. The only difference is, this one belongs to the Vice-President of Chrysler in China and from all reports, is the only one currently in China!

Well Robbie... the team at Car-Trek Racing wish you well and hope you eat well, and for god's sake, please don't crash the car.

 
 
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Wednesday, 28th August 2007
CAR-TREK RACING READY TO STEP UP AT THE ISLAND

Cameron Jones and the Car-Trek Racing team head into the final round of the Victorian State Circuit Racing Championships with hopes of securing the Silver Class title in the 2007 CAMS Victorian Formula Ford 1600 Championship. Cameron leads the class for the pre 1996 Formula Fords by five points over his nearest rival Mark Potter.

I’m super excited to be in the position I’m in” said Cameron. “Heading into Round 4 with such a tiny lead means trying to balance driving hard with ensuring I finish each of the three races in a good points paying position. And I can’t wait for the challenge.

“Mark Potter is a great competitor and we’ve been dicing hard for the championship all season. But hopefully I can still get up and take the title.


Cameron’s last hit out at the Phillip Island circuit earlier in the season was a challenging experience for the driver in what was then a still relatively unfamiliar Re-Car sponsored Van Diemen RF94. “Last time was a pretty steep learning curve,” Cameron commented. “I was pushing hard in the team’s new car and it caught me out a couple of times.

“But now I can head back to Phillip Island with some more miles under my belt, including a positive test session at Calder.  I’m feeling really confident in the car and the results should reflect that by the end of the weekend.

 
Joining Cameron on track in the Silver Star Formula Ford class is older brother Robert Jones, who is more regularly seen racing the Re-Car Holden Commodore in the Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series.
 
I’m lucky enough to not only be competing this weekend with Car-Trek Racing but I’m also engineering Cameron’s car” said Robert. “The whole team has worked tirelessly to prepare him and the car for this weekend and I have every confidence that he can take the championship.

But on a personal note, it has also been a fantastic experience being able to compete against my brother all season. The whole family has really been involved in this and hopefully we can continue the tradition next year. Not only in the V8s but also in Formula Ford.
 
All the action will begin with practice on Friday, August 31st.

For further information, please contact Car-Trek Racing 

 
Friday, 1st September 2006
NEW LIVERY
The return of the Re-Car sponsored V8 Supercar to the track means that the Formula Ford will also get a major overhaul for the remainder of the 2006 season and for the future. The eye catching design has been the handy work of Robert Jones from Car-Trek Sign & Design and should prove to turn some heads at the track. The Formula Ford will also retain support from other sponsors being Car-Trek Automotive, Car-Trek Sign & Design, ISS First Response and Spies Hecker.

Also heading into the new year sees the Formula Ford with some upgraded bits and pieces. Firstly, a wide track front end has been bolted on to the car to improve front end grip. Secondly and more importantly, highly successful engine builder Troy Dunstan has given the engine a major overhaul and freshen up. Troy's dealings with Car-Trek Racing date back a number of years when Bob and Troy were keen rivals on track. In more recent years, Troy was the engine builder for Robert's Formula Ford attack and even engineered him for a number of seasons along with Peter Verheyen.

Monday, 1st November 2005
SANDOWN FORMULA FORDS CANCELLED
Unfortunately, for the much out of practice driver, the Melbourne Cup Day event for the Formula Ford's was cancelled due to lack of entries.

It was going to be the final chance of the year for Cam to get in and have a drive, but not to be as the event coordinators only received interest from 4 Formula Ford teams, and that was not enough to warrant a run on the day.

Fingers crossed Cam will be able to have his car ready for a possible test day in a few weeks time with Robbie and the thumping V8!

Thursday, 8th September 2005
ROBERT JUMPS BACK INTO THE HOT SEAT!
Due to previous commitments, Cam was unable to race the Formula Ford in Round 5 of the Vic State Championship. The clash was recognised earlier in the year, and as such, Cam graciously handed the keys over to Robert for a trip down memory lane.

The car had just arrived back from peter Verheyen's Sydney workshop on the Wednesday before the race, and a big effort was put in by both Robert and Cam to get the finishing touches done to the car by Saturday mornings qualifying session.

Robert had an interesting time familiarising himself with the vehicle again, and trying to find a setup that would suit his style. He qualified 21st out of the huge 30 car field, which is as good as could be hoped for given the circumstances.

"I was quite pleased with how the whole weekend went" Robert said post event, "My main aim was to make sure I set the car up properly for Cam and also not to tear any corners off the car... that's the last thing we wanted!"

Robert finished the weekend with a 20th position in Race 1, 16th in Race 2 and 15th in the 10 lap Race 3. His fastest time for the weekend being a 1:45:57, which only narrowly missed Cam's benchmark time in that car of 1:45:35.

Photos from the weekend can be seen by clicking here.

 
Thursday, 14th July 2005
EVENT CLASH FORCES CAM TO MISS SANDOWN
Due to an unfortunate clash in events with the Queensland 500 and Round 4 of the VMRC a Sandown scheduled for the same weekend, Cam will have to watch this round from the sidelines.

"It's unfortunate to miss out through no fault of your own, but that's the way things go in motor racing I suppose" said Cam, disappointed that he won't be competing this round, "The V8 takes priority over the Formula Ford in this garage, mainly due to the great commitment from our sponsors, however this means that Robbie will be taking all my pit crew away with him, and my mechanical skills are far from what they need to be to be able to properly engineer the Formula Ford by myself over the weekend."

Robbie should be taking the reigns of the 91' Van Dieman at Phillip Island for the next round at the beginning of September. Cam's next outing will most likely be on Melbourne Cup Day for the one day event at Sandown. 

 
Monday, 27th June 2005

THE FORMULA FORD HEADS TO SYDNEY

The '91 Van Dieman is in transit a the moment, on it's way to Sydney to go on a weight loss program. Peter Verheyen, a great friend of the team and a team member himself, will be giving the car the once over to make it a lean, mean race winning machine.

Peter's unmatched experience in Formula Ford's is of great asset to Car-Trek Racing and his help and support over the years have been much appreciated.

The car's next outing will most likely be at Phillip Island at the start of September, due to a clash in events between the V8 round at Queensland and the next VMRC round at Sandown.

 
Thursday, 9th June 2005

CAM TO MISS PHILLIP ISLAND ROUND

Due to a busy work schedule for all the team involved, Cam will have to miss the 3rd round of the Victorian State Series.

Whilst Cam has been working full time at Re-Car and studying part time finishing off his final year of an Accounting degree at RMIT, Robbie has headed off to China to be part of the V8 Supercars migration overseas. Given all that, there just hasn't been enough days in the month to get the car properly prepared. Heading down to Phillip Island during Winter, it's crucial that the car is 100% and that Cam is comfortable with it, and that's not the case.

"It's disappointing, but at the same time I'd rather get the car right and then do some meaningful testing than head down to the Island without any preparations" Cam has said, "We are also looking to put a wide track front end on the car, which would have been nice for this weekend, but time just hasn't allowed it".

Next round is at Sandown on the 23rd-24th of July, so stay tuned for that.