Friday, September 22, 2017

Speedway Racing

VIXENSPORTS AND SPEEDWAY RACING

Join VixenSports as Laura Byrnes shares her exciting adventures in Speedway Racing!!

ABOUT LAURA BYRNES

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The past week has been busy busy for my team, Red Shamrock Racing, as we enter the final countdown before the Western Australian Production Sedan State Title!
Final checks over the car happened this week before the whole set up loaded onto a road train to meet up with the Broome contingent of Red Shamrock Racing.

Not only will it be a great weekend of racing over the 2nd to the 4th of June – but an awesome holiday for us all! I’ve never been up that far, so are taking two weeks to explore WA’s north – and of course compete!

 

Its been a fairly quiet season for us this year, with work commitments taking over weekends. However at my last test run at Ellenbrook Speedway for the Autumn Cup, we managed to take home a heat win, as well as some great tight racing amongst some of WA’s fiercest competitors.

Massive thank you to Callcott & Downey Engineering Services again for all their assistance in ensuring the Sigma always stays on track, Wilshaw Engineering for unwavering support, E Fire & Safety for our top notch safety gear, Worldwide Printing Solutions for making us look good (literally – that’s one good looking race car!) and Fuchs Lubricants for keeping everything running smooth. Red Shamrock is also proudly fuelled by Muzz Buzz!

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It has been a bit quiet on the racing front for Red Shamrock Racing the past couple of months with a whirlwind of other commitments taking centre stage. For me, this has included a new career move into a senior management role, moving out of home, commencing postgraduate university studies and becoming engaged! I haven’t been able to commit to a bumper racing calendar – but have focused on the key races I enjoy to still get my racing fix!
Some exciting things that have happened this season so far though include:
NEW SEASON LAUNCH –
We are pleased to present our new season’s design on the ‘Fearless 4’ Production Sedan, and hope you love it as much as we do!
  This wouldn’t have been possible however without the amazing team at Worldwide Printing Solutions, who turned our sketches into reality with an awesome eye catching design! Worldwide have joined the Red Shamrock Racing team this season to provide all our printing needs, from vinyl stickers to posters and pull up banners. With affordable prices and speedy production – Worldwide certainly know how to keep their clients happy.
Red Shamrock Racing is again Fuelled By Muzz Buzz, with their delicious coffee and my personal favourite – the chai latte, providing just the right ‘buzz’ to keep the team focused on race days and in the workshop. With over 40 stores around WA alone, there is sure to be one near you – and if not, there is always their tasty Muzz Buzz PODZ to make at home.
With over 15 Years’ experience in providing fire equipment and safety training, E Fire & Safety are back as the team’s safety provider ensuring the team are well equipped. e Fire & Safety has been providing businesses throughout Western Australia and South Australia with industry leading fire fighting and fire prevention products.
As the oldest Red Shamrock Racing partner, Callcott & Downey Engineering Services is second to none in their field. With branches in both Perth and Kalgoorlie fully equipped as ‘one stop shops’, Callcott and Downey offer a wide range of services including Cylinder Manufacture, Cylinder Repair, Replacement, Hard Chrome Plating, and Servicing for all your Mining, Earthmoving and Pneumatic componentry.
Fuchs Lubricants (Australasia) is the world’s largest independent manufacturer and supplier of lubricants, and has been used in the Red Shamrock Racing vehicles over the past few years. Fuchs provide a fantastic range of oils for the team, and are always very helpful in sourcing the right lubricants for the rigours of racing.
Wilshaw Engineering are a long-time supporter of the team. Wilshaw has established itself as a leading engineering consultancy to the mining and mineral processing industry. Since its establishment in 1988, the company has managed to expand its offerings in a broad range of industry sectors both domestically and internationally.
Thanks also to Cam Hill from Citizenry, for the great season launch shoot!

RED SHAMROCK RACING QUIZ NIGHT FOR MIRACLE BABIES –
We again hosted our annual Quiz Night Fundraiser supporting the Miracle Babies Foundation – Australia’s leading foundation supporting sick and premature newborns. Thank you so much to everyone who came along, or donated online to support such a great cause! I’m an ambassador for the foundation after being born 9 weeks premature battling infections and being given a slim chance of survival. Because of this, and the amazing care I received, I am passionate in ensuring other premature and sick newborns have the best start to life.
​The night and surrounding donations raised a whopping $6650 for the foundation in support of sick and premature newborns, their families and hospitals that care for them – such an amazing amount for an even more amazing cause! You all are AWESOME! This amount raised is also $3650 more than last year’s fundraising quiz night – so thank you for your generosity!
​The night would not have been possible without the support of Adventure World – Official Page for assisting with almost everything from decorating the hall, prizes and eftpos on the night. Worldwide Printing Solutions for all our printing needs, including banners, programs and quiz sheets. PSP Events for use of the PA and Projector, plus helping with set up, Lee for providing all the coloured lighting to create an amazing atmosphere, our Quiz Master – Austin Powers for a fantastic night of entertainment, plus our volunteers working hard behind the scenes.

​PERTH SPECIAL CHILDRENS CHRISTMAS PARTY –
Red Shamrock Racing was again invited to the 2016 year’s Perth Special Children’s Christmas Party held at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre. It was a fantastic day meeting so many kids and their families and sharing some Christmas joy, so thank you for having us! We had the car and racing equipment on display, so it was a great opportunity for kids who love cars to get up close and personal with the race car in a non-threatening environment.
The aim of the Special Children’s Christmas Parties is to provide as many children with special needs with a day they will never forget. Children are aged from babies up to 12 years and may be suffering from life… threatening illnesses, physical or intellectual impairments, domestic violence, or living in underprivileged circumstances. The children are personally invited through Charities, women’s refuges, schools, special schools, government and community organisations.
There was over 3000 in attendance – so a fantastic turn out for such an amazing cause!

 

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2015/16 SEASON RECAP

 ‘Fearless 4’ Production Sedan

We had a big race season around the state once again, including competing at the Perth Motorplex, Ellenbrook, Kellerberrin, Kalgoorlie, Moora and Bunbury Speedways just to name a few! But it really is due to the support you, and our other marketing partners are able to offer as a whole, that allow us to travel so far, and compete at so many race meeting state wide.

It has been a season with its ups and downs, and I will be honest and say I didn’t finish the season where I had planned. I was marred with a wrist injury for the most part of the summer racing series from January so I was out of club events to recover with a brace on, and just focused on being able to compete in the State and National Titles. These titles however, I produced a personal best for myself and team, and we know we can only improve from here. At the WA Production Sedan State Title in February, in the gruelling conditions of over fourty degrees in a four layer race suit, I qualified in first position in the C-main, and finished up in third. We were just short of a transfer to the B-main but were stoked with how the car had handled regardless. The next weekend in March was the Australian Production Sedan Title, where I had some of the best racing of my career, and qualified twelfth in the B-main, before finishing up eleventh. This means I finished up 26th overall for the country, and also meant I am the fastest female Production Sedan driver in the country. It was an amazing weekend where everything just came together with the team, car and myself. Now to just replicate that all the new season!

Speedway Legend Car Sponsored Drive

Other awesome things we got up to include; A fully funded drive in a Speedway Legend Car for the season thanks to Krueger Motorsport. These are a new division to WA, and are based on cars from the 1920’s and 30’s but tiny versions! They use a motorbike engine and are super fun to drive. I finished a couple events in third place, but they were more for show than competition last season.

Community Events

Community events we participated in included the Perth Special Children’s Christmas Party, where we had a display with both race cars for children and their families who may not usually be able to attend a race event. This was an absolute hit with the kids, and we will be back this year to showcase the team, our marketing partners, and WA Speedway. We also participated in the Perth Speed Fest in December, where Daniel Riccardo also featured. We got to do a demonstration in the Production Sedan and Speedway Legend Car, before having a display in the pits for the duration of the day.  We held a Quiz Night Fundraiser for the Miracle Babies Foundation in September. I am an ambassador for the foundation after being born premature, and wanted to give back through my racing and support the programs they offer, as I know my family would have greatly benefited from more support when I was born. We managed to raise over $5000 for the foundation!www.trybooking.com/LRCR

 

Aim for the Stars Scholarship

I attended the Layne Beachley Aim for the Stars camp and Gala Ball and I was blown away by the amount of talent the other scholarship holders had, from sports, community work and academia – it was so inspiring. The Aim for the Stars Foundation is so special that it celebrates all our diverse achievements as women, and unites us through the shared passion, determination and motivation that has driven us all to success in our diverse areas. It was an amazing feeling knowing I had the support of Layne and the board of the foundation within my motorsport endeavours, but that is amplified now, knowing I have the full support of my fellow ambassadors. If you know a young female with a solid goal, I strongly recommend you encourage them to apply for a scholarship.

Women of Australian Motorsport (WAMS)

I was also invited to the Women of Australian Motorsport Committee, where I believe it is the next step and most positive outlet for me to express my passion for motorsport, and opportunities for women within it. I have been given the Junior Development Scholarship as my project this year, and look forward to being able to work with up and coming drivers to enable them to reach their goals.

You can watch our full season recap on our Youtube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l0TTGZ6mZVs and below is our season in more detail.

UPCOMING 2016/17 SEASON

This new season will be like no other for us, and we are very excited to present some of our upcoming changes and additions below.

Race Calendar

We will again be committing to our usual season of 20+ events state wide, including the full Perth Motorplex FAST Series, plus key events at the Ellenbrook, Bunbury, Kellerberrin, Broome, Moora, Kalgoorlie and Collie Speedways. Our full calendar of events should be released over the next few weeks, so stay tuned to our website and Facebook page.

New Season Livery

Our new season design is also being planned, where we will be moving away from our traditional orange, white and charcoal scheme, and instead moving to a full white car. We believe the white will provide a more eye catching base for us to showcase our fantastic range of marketing partners and their logo colours, as well as remain very visual on the darker coloured racing surfaces.

Through this we have also opened up opportunities for new marketing partners this season, so if you or a business you know would like to get on board, feel free to send us an email atredshamrockracing@gmail.com for more information!

 

2017/18 Season New Car

This season is also very exciting in that we will also be building the 2017/18 Production Sedan! Significant planning has already commenced to ensure this is one of the most competitive cars of its kind, all while remaining safe and built around my driving styles. Still top secret for what it will be! Our decision to keep racing while building a new car means we will need to source more marketing partners to ensure our success.

Increased Team

We have also welcomed a new member to Red Shamrock Racing, Chris Nunn, as our Projects Coordinator. Chris has a successful career in tourism including being Park Manager of a prominent Perth Theme Park. In 2015 Chris was awarded the Sir David Brand Young Achiever Medal at the WA Tourism awards. We are delighted to have Chris on board to assist with our activities for the season, and apply his knowledge to propel the team forward.

First Win for the 2016/17 Season

On Saturday the 2nd July had our first event for the new season at Ellenbrook Speedway. We drove a fantastic race to lead the feature race from start to finish and win overall honours for the meeting. This also became the first official feature race win across Speedway Sedans Australia for season 2016/17 making history!

WHATS NEXT

Our next meeting will be the 28th August for the Production Sedan Championship at Ellenbrook Speedway – a blue ribbon event. We are praying the wet weather holds off as out last two events have rained out there.

After that we will take the car apart ready for its touch ups and new livery for the new Motorplex calendar, commencing on the 14th October!

 

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In January I was appointed as a committee member of Women of Australian Motorsport (WAMS). WAMS was formed in 2010 to act as an interface between the FIA’s Women and Motor Sport Commission (WMC) and Australia’s governing body for motorsport, CAMS Confederation of Australian Motor Sport. The purpose of WAMS is to increase the participation of women across all facets of motor sport in Australia, including competitors, officials, engineers, mechanics, pit crew, media personnel and administrators. I believe being part of the WAMS Committee is the next step and the most positive outlet for me to express my passion and commitment to furthering the profile of women within motorsport. As a Speedway racer for the past ten years, I know the struggle, the pain, the late nights, questioning and lack of support faced from time to time. I want other female racers, particularly those in Speedway to know they’re not alone in their journey. Speedway is often not looked in the same light as other motorsports, and I want to ensure this doesn’t hinder any female’s advancement within the motorsport sector, or be a barrier for starting in Speedway. I believe since its inception, WAMS has been an amazing support network for all women, as well as being a unifying force and voice propelling women in motorsport forward within Australia. I’m very excited to be a part of the WAMS Committee for 2016, and look forward to the positive year ahead.

At the end of this month I will compete in the Western Australian Production Sedan Title held in Ellenbrook – this will be my third Production Sedan Title that I am attending and I’m again very excited to see how I fare against the best in the state. At the closing of nominations, I am the only female set to compete in the three day event, out of 56 drivers– so hopefully being there can inspire others to chase their dreams too, but also show what we females can do on the track!

I also will be attending the Production Sedan National Title for the first time this year, held in Moora over the first weekend in March. Out of the 66 drivers nominated, I will be one of two females. I’m quite nervous for this event, but I’ve had some practice on the track there already and the car handled it very well – so we’ll see how we go!
It’s still unfortunate that women are well and truly the minority out of the drivers, but I’ve been told by our state body in Sedans, that we currently have the highest number of registered female drivers ever (around about 50 of 400 so 12%). Most of these are under 17, so I feel like it’s important for me to set a high standard and be a role model for what these young women can achieve if they stay within the sport, and is the massive reason I joined WAMS.

For the 2015/16 season, I have also been offered to compete in a new speedway division called ‘Legend Cars’. These are based on 1930’s American ‘Hot Rods’ and are scaled down in size. They’re rapidly gaining popularity due to their size and cost-effectiveness, super fun to drive, and a great division to enter if you have been out of the drivers seat for a while, or looking to start in the sport. Cars can also be hired for the night to get a taste of racing (although once you do that, you’re hooked!). This means though on some race nights, I’m piloting two race cars – which gets pretty hectic changing driving styles!

We were also lucky enough to share our Red Shamrock Racing story at the Perth Special Children’s Christmas Party in November, and at Perth Speed Fest in December.

All in all – I’m just happy to be out there, showing what women are capable of doing on and off the race track and hopefully inspiring the next generations of female and male racers to jump in, or stay in motorsport.

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It’s been a busy season for us here, we’ve attended 30 race events around Western Australia for the 2014/15 season so far, with two more events left to run. We’ve travelled as far south as Albany, as far east as Kalgoorlie, and clocked over 7770kms around the state. This has been the biggest and most successful season as of yet, and we have no doubt at all that is due to the support of you and the team at Vixensports, alongside our marketing partners.

This year marks ten years in Speedway Motorsport, and we are so proud of what we have been able to achieve, especially the last couple of years in Production Sedans. We are constantly aiming higher and working harder than we ever have behind the scenes to continue to create waves in the motorsport sector and challenge perceptions of women in motorsport.

Some of the major highlights on the race track for us include our first ‘three-from-three’ win at the Perth Motorplex in December where we won every event of our night, finishing third overall at the Production Sedan Gold Cup in May at Bunbury Speedway, and finishing third overall in the Motorplex Track Championship. Off the track, we were proud to feature on an episode of ‘Today Tonight’ (which is on our YouTube channel if you missed it), as well as a page feature in the Western Australian newspaper, and a guest spot on ‘The Couch’ a WA based Foxtel news program. We still had our disappointments too – including the infamous ‘fireball’ at the Perth Motorplex when our motor failed, followed by a broken axle at the WA Production Sedan State Title causing us to withdraw from the event.

Laura also had some outstanding achievements, including being named a 2015 Layne Beachley ‘Aim for the Stars’ scholarship recipient, receiving a General Sports Scholarship from the University of Western Australia, and becoming an ambassador for the Miracle Babies Foundation. We were proud to have a constant media presence, from local newspapers, national magazines, television and online through our Facebook and Youtube channels, as well as having a lot of support for the various ‘prize pack’ competitions we held throughout the season.

Your support of our team as a has enabled us to continue the high calibre of our motorsport competition both on and off the track, and we would love to have on board for the 2015/16 racing season.

Next season, dependent on what our budget becomes, we’re looking into the possibility of upgrading our whole car to a fuel-injected Holden Commodore in Production Sedans, and attending the first Four-Cylinder Sedan National Title in the Sigma. We have locked in our attendance at both the Production Sedan National Title and WA State Title for the 2015/16 season.

We’ve also made a short highlight video of the season which you can check out here:

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The Perth Motorplex Presentation night for the 2014/15 Speedway racing season was held on Friday the 29th of May and I attended with my Dad, Mark to represent our racing team, Red Shamrock Racing. It was a fantastic night catching up with talented drivers and their dedicated crews to celebrate all our achievements over the Motorplex Season. I was lucky enough to finish in third place for my division, in the Production Sedan Track Championship, with two wins, and a second place for the FAST series. This was despite the troubles we had over a couple of meetings there – blowing two engines. Regardless, I am very proud of what we have been able to achieve at the Motorplex, producing some of the fastest lap times and building on my race skills.

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I would like to thank my dad, Mark for his continuous support of my racing and time spent making the car race ready. He spends enough time in the shed it could be his full time job, but somehow he balances both and still has time to cook me dinner! Callcott and Downey Engineering Services for their consistent support of the Red Shamrock Team and hospitality when things are needed for the Production Sedan. Wilshaw Engineering and Adventure World for allowing my safety gear to be updated in line with the increase in speed of the car – it literally made such a difference. Signman for the fantastic stickers on the car, lifting the presentation of it. Muzz Buzz for literally fueling the team through coffee, chai latte and petrol. Fuchs Lubricants for their oils and Ironcat Tyres for fantastic tyres. Also thankyou to Layne Beachley Aim for the Stars Foundation and The University of Western Australia for scholarships this year, allowing us to do more than we thought we would be able to do in Production Sedans, the Miracle Babies Foundation for allowing me to promote awareness and support of premature births in Australia, and VixenSports for allowing me to promote my racing to a wider audience. Also like to thank Peter Cox for always having time for a beaten up Sigma and making it look race ready again! Finally thankyou to people who have given us advice along the way – it all helps, and to the Motorplex team for always putting on a fantastic show – thanks for having us!

Stay tuned for our full video recap of the season, and updates for what the new 2015/16 racing season may have in-store for us on our Facebook page www.facebook.com/redshamrockracing
We’re also taking expressions of interest for Marketing Partners for the new season, big and small. Marketing partners help us to continue racing at the level we do through finance, services and goods, so if you would like to be part of something special in the Motorsport sector, don’t hesitate to get in contact at redshamrockracing@gmail.com

Photo Credit: Peter Roebuck Photography. 3rd Place Laura Byrnes, 1st place John Tarandetti, absent 2nd place John Triplett.

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Bittersweet Victory for Byrnes!

The final FAST Series round was held over the weekend and somehow I managed to drive with a blown engine for a lap and win! Although that did signal the end of racing for the night. After watching the go-pro footage in the cab, we think the engine has blown at the start of the final lap but held itself together. The decrease in power was only felt in the last corner, where I decelerated and just coasted over the line – somehow still finishing in first place!

Despite our troubles – our team, Red Shamrock Racing, has still finished in third place for the Perth Motorplex Championship, and look forward to attending the presentation gala later in the month.

This signals an end to our busy Summer racing schedule, and time for some rest and recovery (although I’m not sure we’ll be doing much of that to be honest!). We’ll be pulling apart both blown engines to determine if there is any pattern and what exactly has caused the failures. It also means the race car will undergo its yearly livery change – although I think it will only be minor changes as I like the 2014/15 paint scheme! We’ll also aim to attend some race meetings at the Ellenbrook and Kellerberrin Speedways just to keep our skills up, and to ‘test and tune’.

We’re also looking out for any businesses or individuals wishing to form a marketing partnership for the 2015/16 race season. Partnerships allow us to continue racing at our elite level – attending over 30 meetings a race season, and strong presence in the media. Check out our website and send us an email if you’d like to know more! www.redshamrockracing.com

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Its been a busy week in the Red Shamrock Racing Workshop for the Fearless #4 Production Sedan! We have been getting it race ready for Round 5 of the Fast Series this Sunday at the Perth Motorplex. Mechanic Mark has fixed the snapped axle and panel damage from the title (I was even trusted to get all the panels off the beast myself this time!), and thanks to the incredibly talented Peter Cox, our bar work again looks as good as new! I’m very excited to be back having a skid, after having a couple of weeks off racing for some rest and recovery. Gates open at 4pm with racing from 5pm – hope to see you there!

To add to this weeks excitement, I also featured on the Foxtel show ‘The Couch’! I got to have a chat to the lovely Neesha and Fred, about what it means to me to be an ambassador for the Miracle Babies Foundation – Australia’s leading foundation supporting sick and premature babies, my racing career, and climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in support of Premature Babies later this year. I was born 9 weeks premature myself, and so the cause is very close to home. I may have won my fight to life, but I’m climbing for those who are still fighting theirs, and in memory of those who may have lost. You can watch the replay here: https://youtu.be/hpRsB2QeasA?t=45m15s
or donate or read more about my climb, head to: https://climbformiracles2015.everydayhero.com/au/laura-byrnes

Your support is really appreciated! #stayfearless
-Laura