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  • Snake Racing 11:30 pm on 27/09/2012 Permalink
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    Massive Field For Snake Racing Coffs Coast Rally Announced 


    A field of almost 70 cars is confirmed for the Snake Racing Coffs Coast Rally, the fifth round of the Bosch Australian Rally Championship on 12-14 October.

    As well as a bumper field of outright Bosch ARC contenders, rally fans will be thrilled with a total of ten of Australia’s best classic rally cars – including two multiple Australian Champions and a variety of machinery.

    The talent rich 67 car field sees a total of 17 Australian Rally Championships shared amongst the drivers with multiple champs including Cody Crocker, Simon Evans, Neal Bates and Ross Dunkerton lining up for the rally which will cover more than 600km over two days.

    The outright ARC field will be headed by local North Coast driver Michael Boaden in his Mitsubishi Evo IX who currently heads the Bosch four wheel drive Australian Championship. A total of 23 Bosch ARC cars will face the starter including local hero Nathan Quinn who makes a return to the ARC after contesting the Malaysian Rally Championship this year.

    The intense battle between the Evans brothers , Eli in his factory Honda G2 Jazz and his four times Aussie champ brother Simon in his new Mazda is sure to be a highlight with Eli holding the upper hand after beating his brother at the last round in South Australia. The Rallyschool team of Simon Evans has been working tirelessly on improving the Mazda performance after its impressive debut in Adelaide and the spectacular driving of Simon Evans will be a real crowd pleaser at Coffs.

    The Snake Racing Coffs Coast Rally is also the all important final of the Rallyschool Australian Junior challenge with eight of Australia’s fastest rally young guns fighting it out for two fully paid drives in the final round of the ARC. The eight finalists have qualified in the opening four round of the Bosch ARC with three contesting the four wheel drive category and five battling out the two wheel drive category , the winner of both going to the final round in a fully paid drive.

    Four time champion Neal Bates is favourite for the classic battle in his Toyota RA40 Celica however a brace of the best Ford Escort RS1800 classics including five time champion Ross Dunkerton, rally legend Ed Mulligan, Queensland gun Stewart Reid and will be out to try and defeat Bates and prevent him from claiming another round Classic win.

    As well as the flying Celica and rapid Escorts there will be two thundering Triumph TR7 V8s taking on the Coffs Coast roads along with an impressive Fiat 131, a Datsun P150, an array of Ford Escorts and a Toyota Corolla.

    According to Scott Pedder, CEO of the Bosch Australian Rally Championship, the strong classic field ads a unique flavour to the Snake Racing Coffs Coast Rally.

    “The Australian Classic Rally Challenge and local classic competitors always add some colour and flair to accompany the modern Bosch ARC cars,” Scott Pedder said.

    “The classic cars all have unique sounds as they come through the forest and are great to see at spectator points.”

    The Snake Racing Coffs Coast Rally will also host the final round of the Australian Side by Side Rally Challenge and for the first time the side by sides will lead the Bosch Australian Rally Championship cars through the forest.

    “The side by sides are an exciting and different type of rallying,” Scott Pedder said.

    “Having the Side by Sides at the front of the field will allow rally fans a better opportunity to see them in action and to see just how exciting they are through the stages.”

    There will be 11 of the new age side by side machines facing the starter and although Polaris factory driver Cody Crocker has a dominant lead in the series, Can-Am contracted pilot Michael Guest is hoping to level the score in the manufacturer battle which currently favours Polaris two to one.

    Event sponsor Snake Racing has also drafted an exciting newcomer into its team for the Side by Side Challenge with 2010 Bosch ARC runner up Ryan Smart sure to give Crocker and Guest plenty of hurry up in the two day rally.

    Along with the Bosch ARC competitors the Snake Racing Coffs Coast Rally will also play host to two rounds of the NSW State Rally Championship with the 20 entrants contesting round four of the series on Saturday and round five of the state series on Sunday.

    Canberra driver Michael Harding leads the championship in his Subaru after scoring well in the opening rounds of the series in Bega and Batemans Bay over the past three months.

    The Snake Racing Coffs Coast Rally takes place 12-14 October using New South Wales’ best rally roads and the same roads as the World Rally Championship with utilise next year.

  • Snake Racing 2:22 am on 25/09/2012 Permalink
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    AGI SPORT takes outright lap record at Sydney Motorsport Park 


    SNAKE RACING/AGI SPORT takes outright lap record at Sydney Motorsport Park

    Snake Racing AGI SPORT Formula 3 driver Nathan Gotch has set a new lap record on the new GP North circuit layout at Sydney Motorsport Park. Nathan’s time of 58.89 seconds beat the previous Formula 3 record by a substantial 1.9 seconds and shaved 0.1 of a second off the prior outright record set by Adam Procter in a Stohr WF-1.

    Nathan said, “It felt really good, we only had a small window to get the job done, by the time the tyres finally came on in lap 4 we were actually catching the tail of the field, luckily we got one hot lap in!”

    The NSW based Formula 3 team had a successful weekend increasing their points lead in the NSW Formula 3 Championship by winning the first 2 races and fighting back from 9th to 2nd during the final race after stalling on the grid.

    Team Manager Adam Gotch said of the second place, “Nathan did well to recover in Race 3, another lap or two and it could have been 3 from 3. It gave him a good opportunity to practise his race craft coming back through the field and we are very happy with the overall result of the weekend.”

    Driver Nathan Gotch also praised the new North circuit. “The new up-and-over between turns 4 and 5 was really exciting, it makes for a really quick lap but that just adds another element to racing at Sydney Motorsport Park.

    The Snake Racing / AGI SPORT Formula 3 team have concentrated on a state level program this year ahead of a full national assault next year. Nathan has driven in 2 of the 5 National rounds this season to finish 5th in the national points with Hayden Cooper winning outright. The team hope to secure the NSW State F3 Championship at the final round held at Wakefield Park, Goulburn on November 3 & 4, 2012.

  • Snake Racing 10:57 pm on 24/09/2012 Permalink
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    SMP Outright Lap Record North Circuit fcp1 

    Check out the Snake Racing – AGI Sport Formula3 driven by Nathan Gotch. Nathan set a new lap record at Sydney Motorsport park in Race One of the NSW State Formula Championship on the weekend.

    Great drive Nathan. Congratulations from the guys at Snake Racing.

  • Snake Racing 6:36 am on 19/09/2012 Permalink
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    Ryan Smart visits the Snake Pit 

    Ryan Smart was in town on Monday and Tuesday visiting the Snake Pit.

    As the final countdown is on and there is only a matter of weeks before we travel to Coffs Harbour to the ARC Snake Racing Coffs Coast Rally the boys are getting excited making final preparations to their UTV’s.

    Ryan was having some fun with the boys as they made seat adjustments and tried on suits to make sure no weight had gone on over winter. “Perfect fit” Smarty said.

    Ryan will join the Snake Team up at Coffs in the next round of the Australian Side x side championship which forms part of this years ARC. With a team of 4 vehicles you will be sure to run into one of the team from Snake Racing over the week in Coffs.  The rally will be held on 13th – 14th October.

  • Snake Racing 5:44 am on 19/09/2012 Permalink
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    Dondingalong NSW Off Road Championship a success 

    The Dondingalong Off Road Challenge was run on the weekend and the boys from Snake were there all worked up to give it their best shot. This event was also the 6th round of the NSW Off Road Challenge 2012.

    After a great weekend Wayne Murphy and Chris Taylor finished 1st in Class in their Snake Racing XP900 and Mick Smith and Michael Sales 2nd in Class. Wayne was happy to also finish a fantastic 9th outright and it was a broken steering bolt that stopped him from finishing on the podium as it cost them valuable time. Wayne was very happy with his performance on the weekend as he managed to clock the fastest time in heat 4 which was a great effort. It just goes to show the XP900 has all the moves.

    “A great crowd showed up and it was the strongest contest they had in years at Dondingalong. Seems the momentum is building and the sport is picking up and gaining a large following again which is really exciting.” Said Wayne.

    The conditions were very dry and the track had to be watered down with extra water trucks brought in on Sunday. All drivers were praised for their good driving considering the dust. There were a few exciting moments during the event including an unfortunate engine fire in Peter Skaza’s vehicle which saw him retire.

    Congratulations must go to Scott and Michelle McNeil for placing 1st outright, Chris and Len Levi 2nd outright and Danny Reidy and Ben Finemore for placing 3RD.

    The next event you will see the boys from Snake Racing  at will be the next ARC round in Coffs Harbour which Snake Racing is proudly sponsoring. Snake Racing Coffs Coast Rally 2012.

    Snake will have 4 vehicles out in the field and it will be great to see Ryan Smart and navi John Allen join the team at Coffs. Also a welcome back to son and father team Nathan and Les Chivers in the 4th vehicle.

    The whole team is looking forward to Coffs so look out for us and come and say hello.


  • Snake Racing 12:08 am on 13/09/2012 Permalink
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    Snake Racing Coffs Coast Rally Ready And Raring To Go 


    Coffs Harbour is set to play host to the penultimate round of this year’s Bosch Australian Rally Championship in a rally which is shaping as an exciting battle between some of Australia’s best rally drivers across both the two wheel drive and four wheel drive titles.

    The Snake Racing Coffs Coast Rally will be run on 12-14th October on the challenging and highly regarded forestry roads around the coastal city and organisers are expecting more than 80 cars to face the starter.

    The rally will use many of the roads used in the World Championship Rally Australia which was run in the region last year and which will return in 2013.

    According to the CEO of the Bosch Australian Rally Championship, Scott Pedder the Snake Racing Coffs Coast Rally will be one of the highlights of the 2012 Championship with fantastic roads, a magnificent backdrop and competitive battles across several categories.

    “Being the home of Rally Australia means this Coffs event is really like a mini round of the WRC, using many of the same roads and giving local organisers and volunteers the chance for a full dress rehearsal prior to the World Championship’s return in 2013,” said Scott Pedder.

    “The level of local involvement in this rally is unprecedented and we are extremely pleased at how much interest and involvement there is from local business, media and service organisations,” he said.

    “As well as support from local business, Snake Racing Coffs Coast is also receiving tremendous support from the Coffs Harbour Regional Council, Coffs Harbour Airport, the local Coffs Harbour District Car Club and a host of local businesses as well as our naming rights sponsor Snake Racing.”

    “On conservative estimates with 80 cars expected to line up at the start, the Snake Racing Coffs Coast Rally will inject close to $1 million into the local economy over the three days of the event which is a great boost,” he added. Local member for Coffs Harbour in the NSW Parliament, Mr Andrew Fraser MP said he is very pleased that the Coffs Coast has been chosen to host Round 5 of the 2012 Bosch Australian Rally Championship.

    “This is evidence of the great success of the previous Rally and I am hopeful that these events will become a regular event in area,” said Mr Fraser.

    “I would like to pass on my thanks and appreciation to the organisations and volunteers who do a marvellous job in organising and running rallies,” he said.

    “I am extremely pleased that the businesses of the Coffs Coast will be able to benefit from the huge crowds who follow this family friendly activity.

    Those attending spend money on accommodation and meals and make a huge contribution to the Coffs Coast economy,” Mr Fraser added.

    Along with the Bosch Australian Rally Championship competitor, the Snake Racing Coffs Coast Rally will also play host to the final of the Rallyschool Australian Junior Challenge, the Australian Side by Side Rally Challenge, the East Coast Classic Rally Challenge as well as being round three and four of the 2012 NSW State Rally Championship, with the two day rally being split into two rounds for State competitors.

    In addition the rally will host an Allcomers event on the first day of the event on Saturday 13th October, allowing non-homologated cars to enjoy the challenging and exciting Coffs forestry roads.  Scott Pedder added that the Snake Racing Coffs Coast Rally has benefitted from the infrastructure established for Rally Australia with locally based operations manager Scott Bedford and rally administrator Joanne Wake working on both events from the Rally Australia office in Coffs.

    “The Snake Racing Coffs Coast Rally is an important event in its own right but it is also a vital shakedown for Rally Australia next year and will allow us to try out systems and iron out any problems ahead of the WRC event in 2013,” said Scott.

    The Snake Racing Coffs Coast Rally will be based at Coffs Harbour Airport using the same central service Park as Rally Australia and the field will be flagged away on Friday evening in a ceremonial start in the Coffs Harbour Mall.

    Competitors will face two runs over four separate stages for a total of eight special stages totalling 126 km of competitive running on Saturday 13 October with a remote service point in Woolgoolga.

    On day two of the rally on Sunday 14 October there will be a remote service at Ulong with crews tackling two runs each over three separate stages for a total of six special stages with108 km of competitive running before a ceremonial finish near the Coffs Harbour Yacht Club on Sunday afternoon.

    Rally clerk of course Adrian Dudok says the rally will provide some challenging roads and some great spectator viewing across both days of the event.  ‘We have tried to use as many WRC roads as we can in a compressed two day format and I am sure both drivers and spectators will have a fantastic time on this rally,” said Adrian.

    “ All three stages run on Sunday are on roads used in Rally Australia, providing some of the best rally roads in the country and a great test for competitors,” he said.

    “We are very fortunate in Coffs to have such fabulous stages so close to town which will also allow spectators to catch action at a number of points at no cost,” he added.

    With separate champions to be crowned in both two wheel drive and four wheel drive in the 2012 Bosch ARC Snake Racing Coffs Coast Rally will see two fights raging over the weekend as leading drivers battle to win an Australian title.

    Local NSW North Coast Mitsubishi Evo 9 driver Michael Boaden from Wauchope comes to what is his home event with a major advantage in the Bosch Four Wheel Drive Australian Rally Championship.  Boaden and his sister, co-driver Helen Cheers hold a 62 point lead over young WA tearaway Tom Wilde and hope to cement a strong advantage at Coffs ahead of the final round in Victoria in November.

    “We have had a very good year so far and we come to Coffs with a very strongpoints advantage in the championship so we are looking forward to the fantastic North Coast roads although I don’t believe we will have a home town advantage,” said Michael Boaden.

    In the Bosch two wheel drive Australian Rally Championship, Honda works driver Eli Evans has a strong lead in the championship with a 169 point advantage over his Honda team mate Mark Pedder, however the arrival of Eli’s famed four times Australian Champion brother Simon Evans in his new Mazda 2 G2 rally car has added some spice to the competition in two wheel drive.

    With the Australian Rally Championship moving to a two wheel drive formula in 2013 the Coffs Coast Rally is chance for the older Evans brother and his new Rallyschool entered Mazda to tune up for a full competitive tilt at a fifth title next year, while also fuelling the intense sibling rivalry with his younger brother in the Honda.

    “We had a great battle with Simon at the previous round in South Australia and we were able to beat him there which was a tremendous result for the team, particularly given we were up against some fairly strong opposition and I was sweet beating Simon,” said Eli Evans.

    “We are looking forward to Coffs because the roads are just fantastic and will be very exciting in the two wheel drive Honda Jazz G2,” he said.

    “We are under no illusions, Simon and the Mazda will be very quick when they sort that car and I know they have been doing a lot of work ahead of Coffs so the battle will be on, even if their focus is now on the 2013 title,” he added

    The Snake Racing Coffs Coast Rally will also be the battleground for the Rallyschool Australian Junior Challenge with ten of the fastest young guns in the sport battling it out in two and four wheel drive classes for a prize drive at the final round of the Bosch ARC in Victoria in November.

    “Snake Racing Coffs Coast Rally will have a total of eight hours of national TV coverage on the Ten Network providing a great platform to not only showcase Australian rallying but also the fabulous Coffs Coast region which is a strong boost for local tourism and promotion,” said Scott Pedder

  • Snake Racing 3:17 am on 12/09/2012 Permalink
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    Snakes ring out warning for Dondingalong off-road race meeting 


    WHILE an encounter with a serpent is normally something to avoid at all costs, everyone is looking forward to seeing how a couple of ‘snakes’ perform at Dongingalong this weekend.

    Luckily for the other off-road racers competing in Round 6 of the NSW Series, the ‘snakes’ in question are not of the wildlife variety, rather two machines entered by ‘Snake Racing’, a Sydney-based manufacturer and distributor of 4X4 parts and accessories.

    What makes the ‘Snake Racing’ team so different is the fact they compete in the Utility Terrain Vehicle class, using a couple of Polaris vehicles.

    Since debuting earlier this year, the team has opened plenty of eyes with the stunning performance of their short-wheelbase machines that are powered by 900cc engines.

    “Make no mistake, the guys from ‘Snake Racing’ are heading to Dondingalong this weekend intent on putting on quite a show” said Kempsey Macleay Off Road Club media officer Rod Thurgood.

    “These diminutive vehicles are super-fast, and could easily pose a big threat for outright honours at Dondingalong.

    “We have already seen Polaris Buggies finish third outright in the last two Wittitrin 300s, so it would certainly be a brave individual who would bet against something similar happening again this Saturday and Sunday.”

    The Dondingalong Off Road Challenge has attracted a strong field, with everything from powerful single seat buggies, to high flying pickup trucks, and the extremely popular utility terrain vehicles.

    For the latest news on the race visit the Kempsey Macleay Off Road Club website at kempseyoffroadracing.net

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