IPRAWA attracts Major Independent Sponsor for 2013
Healthway have agreed to sponsor our State Championship, which will be known as the
Smoke Free WA Healthway Improved Production State Motor Racing Championship.
This is great news, as it has the potential to be a long term relationship with further opportunities which could be developed in the future. One step at a time.
What does this mean?
Our windscreen banners are sold for the entire year and will carry the logos shown above.
As with any major sponsor, our website plus any promotional material (shirts / posters etc) will also carry the two logos.
It also means no-smoking in the garages / carports, but that is already banned by WASCC and is dangerous with so much fuel around.
We have minor administrative matters to attend to. These will be covered by our VP Tim Riley.
In exchange for? · The money is already in our bank account.
Hidden Valley, Darwin..... through a first timer's eyes
It was Ducksta who really encouraged me to make the journey for the Hidden Valley V8 Supercar support races and I’m glad he did. The place is awesome.
But, the logistics of getting there is a challenge. I must express sincere thanks to Jason Wilson (JP Pallets) and Frank Panizza (Just Commodore) for the prime mover and four car trailer.
A number of things strike a first time visitor immediately, such as it’s proximity to Darwin (only about 10Km from city) and the excellent roads to the track. The main entries are well engineered roads with flyover and elevated roundabout to aid traffic flow. Racers also have a private entry, where the biggest traffic jam I saw all weekend was 3 cars!!
WA could learn a thing or two.
The track probably takes about 10 laps or so to really get in the groove. Don’t try to hard too soon though, particularly in the early morning when there is dew on the grass. Greased-ice does not describe the special oily variety of grass they grow up there.
There are 14 corners linked by a very long 1.1Km straight illustrated in the map below. Overtaking opportunities exist in the breaking areas to Turns 1, 5 & 6. Needless to say, other opportunities present themselves regularly when anyone messes up.
Turns 3 and 4 are scary fast and whilst it can be done 2 abreast, the two must give each other racing room – otherwise: Well you probably all saw what happened in the Utes and V8’s with carnage between Turns 4 and 5.
After the first race, it was noticeable that the IP camaraderie is on steroids in the Northern Territory. As I was in a 1 600 (the only one), I naturally gravitated to my U2L competitors and what a great bunch of folk they are. Escorts are in vogue, as are Geminis. Lady racers make their presence felt more than in WA, and there are more young folk. This seems to relate to a programme for school kids to develop, race and maintain donated Gemini’s. Talking to 28 year old Ebone Coats, with whom I had a great race in R1, it transpired she’d been racing for 14 years since the age of 14 in the school programme. She’s a school teacher and there was a constant parade of kids through her pits area.
To say that these folk made one feel welcome is an understatement. I will ditch the Corolla for next year and take the Escort. The Corolla was fast through the turns, but outgunned down that long straight.
In conclusion, I enjoyed some really good close racing with Clayton Ottley, Ebone Coats, Anthony Henwood, but I couldn’t catch Simon Bulasch or Karla Karpenko.