Winton 300

What do you do when a customer says they’re keen on motorsport??? Take them racing of course!

Anthony Painter MX5Anthony owns a lightly modified Renault Sport Clio which we’ve tuned for track and road applications. The track setup has helped him to sample Queensland Raceway during Time Attack events and Wakefield Park at the recent Oz Renault Sport Nationals Meet with great success. This weekend we asked Anthony to join our team for the Valvoline Winton 300.

The event is a gruelling 100 lap race around one of Australia’s most challenging circuits – Winton Motor Raceway. Normally the winning combination is a two driver team however we were keen to help Anthony adjust to the challenge of racing in a 52 car field.

So we invited Anthony to join the very experienced open-wheeler and sports car racer Nick Leontsinis and Chris Romano in a late model Mazda MX5. Targa Racing supplied and supported the effort whilst Romano WORKX prepared the iconic two-seater sports car for the epic event.

Friday proved to be a real “eye-opener” as Anthony rolled onto a track brimming with a variety of talent and machinery. To the teams delight, he proved to be consistently fast and very aware of the chaotic conditions. Romano and Leontsinis then conducted a number of practice runs to determine setup and fuel burn.

Romano on pit wall at Witnon 300 in MX5Building on Fridays performance Anthony used Saturdays practice to find the limits of the track before handing over to Leontsinis to qualify later that afternoon.

Thirtieth position was the reward in a 52 car grid. An amazing performance by Leontsinis in the naturally aspirated MX5 and a great start despite the handicap of running 3 drivers.

Storm clouds peppered the horizon early Sunday morning as we awaited the 2pm start. Romano would pilot the first stint with Anthony managing the next before Leontsinis brought it home. Whilst the threat of rain was ever present the rolling start took place on a dry track as 49 starters thundered into turn 1.

Romano traded places in the opening laps with a gaggle of BMW’s, GTR’s, Falcon’s, Commodore’s and MX5’s before a safety car was called on lap 12.

A quick stop and Anthony was strapped-in for his first-ever race!!!

Joining the back of the pace-car lead train Anthony quickly settled into the rhythm of the race before the lights on the safety car disappeared and racing resumed.

An eventful stint saw Anthony in close combat with the class leaders whilst allowing the outright cars to pass AND navigating the slower cars from the lower classes.

Targa Racing MX5The team had then hoped to pit under another another safety car period in order to negate the disadvantage of the additional pit-stop. After 33 laps the fuel burn became critical and Anthony was directed to pit. The CPS (compulsory pit stop) for fuel is a timed 5 minute event and so the Romano WORKX team regrettably lost a lap to the class leaders. Anthony emerged from the drivers seat surprisingly “sprite”. An amazing effort for a debutant backed-up by consistent lap-times during an incredibly chaotic stint.

Terry Nightingale Nick Leontsinis in MX5Leontsinis drove a compelling stint managing to set one of the fastest times in class and almost un-lapping the #115 MX5. Lap 84 and a safety car period ended any chance of regaining the lap. Racing resumed on the 90th lap and the race was flagged on the 95th netting the Romano WORKX team 17th outright and 5th in class.

An outstanding result for the team and Anthony whom we’d like to sincerely thank for choosing our team to make his motorsport debut.

Now…did someone mention the 2014 Wakefield 300….

Time Attack Queensland Series Results

Renault Clio At Time ATtackThe 2013 Queensland Time Attack Series has been run ‘n won. Bob Romano Auto Care & Performance has been a proud supporter of the Time Attack Series. Our crew attended the 2013 events and been astounded by the level of professionalism as well as the effort that many of the competitors go to in search of the perfect lap!

The series attracts an amazing array of hardware including R32 GTR’s, Porsche Cup Cars, M series BMW’s, AMG’s, Renault Sport Megane’s & Clio’s, EVO’s, Cobra’s, Radicals and a gaggle of Japans’ finest cult cars including Toyota 86’s, MX5’s and 180SX’s

Our thanks to Paul Ruzic and his team for all their efforts as well as the staff at Queensland Raceway and Lakeside. The category results are listed below however more details can be found HERE.

Time Attack

Trailer From The OZ Renault Sport National Meet

We enjoyed a great week in early September with members of the OZ Renault Sport Forum. Here’s a trailer from the event which included drives through the Brindebella National Forest and a track day at Wakefield Park;

Festival of Italian Motorsport

One of the Romano WORKX fold will be attending the Festival of Italian Motorsport at Lakeside this weekend in their Alfa Romeo Giulietta. We’ll have more pics and news from the event over the course of the weekend.

Courtesy of Queensland Raceways;

Up to 100 of Australia’s finest Italian automobiles will descend upon Lakeside Park on Sunday, September 8 when the legendary southeast Queensland circuit hosts the sixth annual Festival of Italian Motorsport.

With a record number of Italian cars taking part in last year’s Festival of Italian Motorsport at Queensland Raceway, the Italian car clubs of Queensland are confident that the return to the iconic Lakeside Park will take this year’s event to even greater heights. The Italian auto spectacular’s successful theme remains unchanged with a celebration of the racing heritage of legendary marques such as Ferrari, Alfa Romeo, Fiat, Lancia, Maserati and Lamborghini.

As with the past three years, the 2013 Festival of Italian Motorsport will be held over one action-packed day as part of Queensland Raceways’ Top Gear Racing Series. The Italian cars will participate in race and regularity categories as well as a show & shine display.

The day will be a hive of activity from 9am through to 4pm, with the race category hitting the track for qualifying, followed by three eight lap races. The regularity category will have four eight lap regularity heats, in which each driver must attempt to lap as consistently as possible – some drivers claim the best strategy is just to go flat out!

The show and shine will take place from 10am on the grassed area in front of the Lakeside Function Centre (the big yellow building). This spot is the perfect location to grab a coffee from the Lakeside cafe and peruse the fine machinery in between bouts of on-track action.

While some of these fine Italian racers are worth upwards of $300,000, don’t expect this to be a leisurely Sunday drive. The competition between marques is fierce. Watch out for the turbo-charged battle between Bruce Horey in the former World Touring Car Championship Maserati and Richard Shinkfield in the Lancia-powered Fiat X-19. Or cast your eyes over the sleek lines of Charlie Clements’ Ferrari 308 GTB as it rockets down the straight, with his good buddy Trevor Bassett in hot pursuit in his Ferrari 365 GTC/4. The machinery may be fancy but the racing is fierce, so buckle up for a day of spectacular action.

Other categories competing as part of the Top Gear Racing series on the day include two groups of Super Karts and the mighty Hyundai Excels. With only $10 entry on the gate and at least five categories of action, this is one Sunday of motorsport not to be missed.

Renault Nationals

megane-trailerThe 2013 Renault Nationals will be held 5 – 8 September and includes a track day @ Wakefield Park. We’ve worked hard to prepare our Megane RS250 as well as Anthony’s Renault Clio Sport for the event which includes drive days through southern NSW.

The Renault Nationals start in Albury on the 5th September followed by a drive day on the 6th to Gunning. An early start on the Saturday sees the fleet head to the ever-challenging Wakefield Park as well as on overnight stay in Goulburn. A return to Albury on the Sunday completes the event and we’re really looking forward to catching up with everyone from the OZ Renault Sport forums. See ya soon!

Racing Harness For Renault Megane

We’ve developed a new “bolt-in” racing harness for the Renault Megane that doesn’t require any cutting or welding. The harness allows the back seats to stay in the car as well. Call us on 07 3395 8255 for more details.

Happy Laps

The Renault Car Club of Queensland organised breakfast Happy Laps at Queensland Raceway last week. Great day out with perfect weather, great people and a feed! We’ll post more pictures in the days to come.┬áThe club offers frequent and wide ranging events to cover everyone from the family with children to empty nesters through to the young enthusiast. Events include; weekend drives & social outings, Economy Run, BBQ brekkie & drive, weekends away, Christmas in July, Midnight to Dawn drive, Happy Laps at Lakeside and Willowbank, monthly club nights and interstate Renault gatherings. The club has a friendship with a Renault club in France and hosted a number of people from France that came out to experience our country and hospitality and we in turn have ventured to France to experience theirs

Wakefield Park Testing

AMG Romano WorkXHot Tuner is only a month away and the WorkX crew has been busy preparing our cars for the Sydney event. As expected Goulburn provided the type of weather that left our team chilled, sunburned and wind-burned all at the same time!!! Track conditions were perfect and the BMW M3 quickly proved as much. The crew spent the morning adjusting the tune and the afternoon assessing new tyre / wheel combinations.

We were also joined by TargaRacing with their Toyota 86 GT and an AMG C63. The 86 ran through a program of shocks /spring testing whilst the AMG made sweet, sweet music! More testing is scheduled in the weeks to come as we also prepare for the Renault Nationals in September.

Track Work Tuning At Queensland Raceway

Another great day tuning our customer cars at Queensland Raceway during the 2013 Time Attack series. The Romano WorkX team cars were joined by a number of customer cars including a stunning Renault Clio Sport.

We were fortunate to meet Damien on-track with his BMW 135i.

Damien’s ‘bimmer’ was especially quick on the 1/4 mile front straight bosting a raucous twin turbo 3L 6 cylinder masterpiece from Munich. BTW Damien, you left your tow-hook cover behind…give us a call!

We were also stoked to meet Winton & Leighton who fielded their earlier model

Renault Clio 182 Sport’s. These cars are seriously quick through the twisties and surprised many on the day.

Our Romano WorkX fleet including the Renault Megane RS250, BMW M Coupe and VW Golf GTiR ran a series of tyre tests as well as a new suspension setup. The overall results were more than we expected. Our next event will be the Hot Tuner series which we’re preparing for at this time.

If you were on-track and had any questions or if you’d like to discuss your tuning requirement give us a call on (07) 3395 8255.

Queensland Time Attack

The Romano WorkX crew are headed to Queensland Raceway this Thursday 4th July for the 2013 Time Attack Series. The fleet will include a Renault Megane RS250, VW Golf GTIR, Renault Clio Sport and a BMW M Coupe. Fresh from the Modern Sports Cars Series at Wakefield Park the Romano WorkX team will be looking to extract every last tenth @ Queensland Raceway.