Friday, 22 June 2018

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The 2016-17 season saw Andrew ‘Dooie’ Ryder achieve his best season yet since joining the AMCA Nationals class, with the Hobart-based racer taking out the overall Tasmanian Statewide Series point standings.

Having upgraded to a 2013 Panther Chassis, which he purchased from Chris Halesworth on the mainland during the off season, Ryder wasn’t certain that his car would be ready for his opening race meeting. However, he was thankfully able to make it out on track, giving himself the best possible chance to clinch the series, after finishing runner-up on two previous occasions.

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Photo: Angryman Photography

Following the Tasmanian Title at Carrick Speedway in February, where he finished an impressive second to three-time consecutive Champion Daniel Brooks, Ryder was planning to bring his 2016-17 season to an early end, due to budget constraints, despite leading the Statewide Series at the time, when a long-time supporter chose to offer their assistance for the remainder of the season.

This generous support allowed Ryder to continue to collect solid results in what was his seventh season with the class, closing his 2016-17 season campaign with six feature-race wins from 12 contested race meetings, three runner-up finishes and two thirds.

“It’s been a really great season for us, and while it hasn’t been without its challenges, particularly in terms of budget, the amazing support we’ve received has allowed us to be continually competitive and come away with some great results,” stated the 25-year-old pilot of the Tas # 26 Glenorchy Auto Electrical Services supported Panther, who managed to finish fifth in his only other race meeting of the season, after being sent rear of field, due to being involved in a racing incident while running second.

“We worked really hard on our consistency this season, which is definitely evident in our feature-race finishes throughout each race meeting. I have to say a massive thank you to my family, my team and our sponsors. I definitely couldn’t have done any of this without them.”

Ryder Team

With his focus now shifting to the 2017-18 season, Ryder plans to complete a lot more racing, while also travelling to the mainland, where he will contest selected shows throughout Victoria, along with the Australian Championship, which is set to be held at Ballarat’s Redline Raceway.

Ryder would like to thank the following 2016-17 season sponsors for their valued support: Glenorchy Auto Electrical Services, Gunn Fabrication, Get Real Workwear & Safety and Panther Chassis. He would like to give special thanks to his wife Louise, his dad Ian, Tanya and Andrew McNeill, Sharni and Justin McNeill, Patty Cocker, Rohan Blair, Jared McConnon and Sarah Cocker.

To find out more about Ryder and his team, LIKE them on Facebook by searching Andrew Ryder Racing.

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