Saturday, 18 November 2017

LATE MODELS

Youngster Ryan Fenech certainly had something to celebrate about on what was his 22nd birthday, when he managed to take out last Saturday night’s penultimate NSW Late Models Club Championship round at Sydney’s Valvoline Raceway.

Continuing his strong form in what is his fourth full season in Late Models, the birthday boy’s night got off to a great start, finishing third and first in his heat races and breaking the one-lap track record, before going on to qualify in pole position for the 25-lap feature race. Capitalising on his starting position to immediately claim the lead, Fenech couldn’t be stopped once out in front, leading the feature race from start to finish and scoring his first feature-race win at the venue in 12 months.

Ryan Fenech

Photo: Crashy's Photos

This pleasing result came off the back off another feature-race victory at Mildura’s Timmis Speedway over the Easter long weekend, where Fenech scored a comfortable win in the Easter 5000 event.

Although he had a challenging start to his Easter campaign, having dropped valuable points during his heat races on Good Friday due to suffering a differential failure, Fenech managed to recover on Easter Sunday, winning his heat race and qualifying 10th for the Easter 5000-deciding feature race. Pacing himself and preserving his tyres during the first half of the 50-lap distance, Fenech consistently worked his way forward, taking over the lead on lap 25 and going on to score the win.

Despite having experienced a myriad of bad luck throughout the season, as evident in the Victorian Title, when Fenech was battling closely with his main rival Ben Nicastri for the lead when his rear axle broke, Fenech is pleased with his recent results.

“We had a tough start to the season, with a couple of non-finishes, but we couldn’t be happier with our recent run of results, which are more indicative of where we’re at as a team,” said last season’s NSW Club Champion, who resides in Wyee on Central Coast of NSW.

“We’ve been trialling a new shock package since the beginning of the season and it’s taken a while to get our heads around it, but we’re starting to understand it more now and the results are beginning to show.

“Being a Central Coast-based team, we’re very grateful for all of our valued sponsors, especially our major sponsor Tumbi Tyres & More who have played a significant part in our success.”

Podium Ryan Fenech

Photo: Crashy's Photos

Later this month on May 22, Fenech will be jetting off to the United States, where he plans to spend three months with American Late Model racer Devin Moran, gaining more experience, building connections and learning as much as he can about the car.

“This will be my first trip to the United States, so I’m really looking forward to it,” he enthused.

“There’s a lot more regular racing in the States, so spending three months with Devin and his team is going to be an amazing opportunity to gain as much experience as possible from a seasoned team. Hopefully we can carry this added knowledge into next season.”

This Saturday night, Fenech will return to Valvoline Raceway, where he will contest the final NSW Club Championship round, which will also be his final 2016-17 season hit out. Nicastri is currently leading Fenech by 35 points heading into the final round.

Fenech is proudly supported by the following 2016-17 season sponsors: Tumbi Tyres & More, United Acreage Marketing, Foodworks - Wyee, Cheaper Fasteners & Automotive Supplies, and Japan Direct Motorsport. Special thanks go to: Alison (mum), Rod (dad), Jarrod (brother), Shannon (sister), John, Neil and Aaron.

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