Pedders Racing Winton test day update
*from the view of Team Principle and ‘A’ driver, Grant Phillips*
Pedders Racing have been busy continuing our work with the community alongside our development of an even greater race car ahead of Wakefield Park in two weeks’ time.
Recently, Andrew ‘Turps’ Turpie and I were the special guests at a children’s karting camp held at the Bendigo Go Kart Centre, so we took the Pedders Racing Toyota 86 along for an interactive display and presentation for the enthusiastic group of children (and parents) from across Victoria, who had come together to learn team work, and receive karting training and tips from champion karting driver David Sera.
With Turps and I on hand, we were happy to talk to the group about our experiences in the motorsport world, making our way into motor racing, running in the Australian Manufacturers Championship with the Class Champion Proton and now the Toyota 86, and we had many questions come our way from the interested group. Making sure that the children and their parents had a great time, the Pedders Racing #86 was once again opened to the people for a look over, and to experience the feel of the drivers’ seat, this experience adding even greater interest to our attendance as discussions continued into the evening before the 86 left and the children turned in for the night.
Last week progressed with car preparations on the usual Wednesday team night, before the 86 was loaded into its new-look home, Grafico – Auto Disegno having completed the new livery on the team’s Pitman Truck Sales transporter ahead of the Winton test day with Tampered Motorsport, with special guests of the team being members of the Victorian 86/BRZ Club.
With the team arriving at Winton Raceway on the Saturday afternoon to set up the now well-known ‘Pedders Racing hub’, all of the action was ready to unfold on Sunday’s official team test. Bright and early on Sunday morning was the time to meet with the Victorian 86/BRZ Club members, more than 20 having made the journey to the track, then it was in to the garages where the Pedders/Oz Racing Toyota 86 gained plenty of attention from the fellow 86/BRZ owners who each had a close look at ‘their’ car in race trim.
Cars completed scrutineering and it was time to hit the track, with Pedders Racing Crew Chief, Damian Martin, taking the chance to have a drive of the car he usually advises during the first session, and when he rolled back into the pits, to say that the Chief was impressed with the car would be an understatement, as I quote; “I just can’t believe the corner speed the car can hold, and it turns in like its on rails – you just point it were you want it to go and it’s there!”
I then stepped into the car for my first session of the day, finding the 86 very tail happy, having a massive lose at the exit of turn one and falling only a couple of feet short of hitting the wall, but we survived intact and headed back into the lane to adjust the Pedders Remote Canister Coilovers in the rear, before completing further laps and chasing the rear set up, the car sorted by the lunch time break.
For the early afternoon session, Michael ‘Stig’ Stiglich, Pedders Racing’s Team Manager took to the drivers’ seat, the team changing out the Oz Racing wheels (thanks to AMG Australia) to another set with new rubber fitted by our friends at M&C Tyres. With the fresh rubber scrubbed in, Stig stepped out with a smile on his dial, another of our crew having a first- hand experience at the wheel and another impressed with the corner speed and late braking ability of the car with the Dixcel brakes fitted.
It was my time once again, back in the car for a session on the new rubber, a proper test session with the car set up now sorted and it was time to make sure the performance, from all aspects, were now right on the money. Coming in at the end of the session, I remember telling the team and the interested group of 86/BRZ Club members,
“This was the best the car has ever been. Handling is sorted, our mechanical issue is sorted, our fuel issue is sorted and the car is ready for the next round!”
The drivability of the car is now superb – the corner speed is excellent and the fuel burn improved. The tune from MRT Performance is keeping the ECUTek working well, the Whiteline products also excelling in the car and definitely