Portland King of the Dunes

Looking forward to the start of the Off Road Racing season for SMU Racing at Portland King of the Dunes this weekend.  A massive thanks to Tim Collard,  Shane Wilson and AVR Performance in getting us to the start line in what looks to be a competitive field come Saturday.

We have continued to refine our Ford Eco Boost during the off season as the team looks to build on a promising end to the 2016 season.  Leigh Wells is back for the first time since 2015 in the hot seat which will be fun as the team heads to the sand dunes where they have had great times over the journey.

 

It is Matt’s 19th Portland race – the first one being back in January 1984 as navigator for father Neil as a 12 year old.  His first Portland race as a driver was in 1989 with Johnny Webster sitting in the navigators seat.  Time rolls on!

Good luck to all those competing , and looking forward (maybe a little too much) to the festivities of Saturday night!

Safe travels and look forward to seeing those venturing down to the dunes

Thanks to Sean McTigue for the great photos from our last time at King of the Dunes 2013

 

Merry Christmas

From our family to yours, wishing everybody a Merry Christmas and prosperous and safe new year.

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We look forward to seeing everybody again in 2017 where we are looking forward to making some exciting announcements about SMU Racing for the upcoming season.

Flashback to 2013 season as we look forward to the year ahead…….

Until then……enjoy the holidays

SMU RACING TASTE CHAMPAGNE AT PINES 2016

The SMU Racing Team returned to the 2016 Teagle Excavations ARB Pines Enduro one year after the horrific crash that almost ended with fatal consequences. Full of anticipation, given the events of 2015, the team were hopeful of a good result that could launch them into 2017.

With literally a brand new car after a ground up rebuild including a new power plant, the Ford Eco-boost V6 twin turbo Shane Wilson Competition Engine, the team took to the rain affected track for Prologue on Saturday.

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Matthew Salt was navigator for the weekend and at the end of prologue, the team found themselves in 4th place as they navigated the mud stacked course. With the remainder of Saturday cancelled due to weather, the team prepared for starting from the second last row of the reverse grid for Sunday.

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Sunday panned out to be a really nice race for the team. After a slower (somewhat tentative!) first lap, Matt Hanson and Matthew Salt started to find their groove and the car and new engine started to deliver on the glimpses of potential shown to date. Some bad luck for Jack Rhodes in the last heat paved the way for a SMU Racing victory one year on, managing to pull clear from Raana Horan and Mark Burrows who both had great races.

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A fantastic reward for Tim Collard who has put an enormous amount of time into this car and for the car to not have one issue all weekend, would have been personally very satisfying for what has been a long road after last year.

Again a huge thank you to the organising committee of this great race from Murray Rogers and the Millicent Sand Buggy Club to Teagle Excavations, ARB and all the sponsors and volunteers that make this iconic race what it is.

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A massive thank you to everybody for their well wishes before and after the race and the special people that we got to share the win with. After a very hard 24 months for the team it was nice to see some reward for what has been a monstrous effort. It has been a difficult journey but we have been patient and overcome several challenges so to that end it was a satisfying end to the weekend.

It is one step towards our goals for 2017 and we are exactly where we wanted to be at the end of this year. We now enter 2017 with excitement in the knowledge that we have a good package and will look forward to the year ahead.

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Special thanks to our sponsors and partners who have stuck with us through this tough journey.  Without your assistance we would not have got there:

  • Shane Wilson Competition Engines
  • Albins Off Road Gear
  • HJC Helmets
  • Racer Imports
  • AVR Performance
  • MTQ Engine Systems
  • Dynamic Wheels and Tyres
  • Flexicut
  • Jimco
  • Jimmy’s Fab Shop
  • Mickey Thompson tyres
  • RacePaint

Very special thanks to three people that without their help we still would be looking at a pile of broken bits in the trailer:

John Webster

Tim Collard

Shane Wilson

THANK YOU

SMU racing is on the look out for partners for the 2017 season so please contact Matt Hanson if you would like to get involved! We can offer great exposure for your brand and get you in close and personal with the SMU Racing team if you are looking to be part of Off Road Racing in Australia.  We have various packages at all levels so get involved!

Again thank you to those that made the 2016 Pines race special for our team.

GO SMU!

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PINES 2016

The SMU Racing team is looking forward to the Teagle Excavations Pines Enduro this weekend in Millicent SA.  The car is constantly being refined in readiness for 2017 and 420kms in the Pine forests of Tantanoola will provide a great test for the SMU #7 Jimco powered by the Shane Wilson Competition Engines Ford Ecoboost twin turbo V6.

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Tim Collard has headed the charge preparing the car as it returns to the scene of the infamous Pine tree excursion last year on lap one.  Since returning from Lake Tyrrell, the car has undergone some minor renovations as we look to continually improve our overall package.  Matthew Salt jumps in to the Navigator’s seat with Tony Butler’s navigating career over before it began due to ongoing work commitments.  Salty’s navigating duties were cut short at Waikerie due to a blown inlet manifold, and is hoping the team can get a finish under its belt at the gruelling Pines circuit this weekend.

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Lastly we would like to thank Lucas McInerney from Sea lake who is one of our great supporters.  This fantastic picture that he hand drew, now hangs with pride of place at SMU HQ and sits above where the SMU Jimco gets prepped.  Thanks Lucas.

With our HJC  Helmets strapped on tight (!), we look forward to seeing everyone at Pines in what should be a great weekend!  Safe travels to all those going.

PINES 2015 CRASH AND SMU JIMCO REBUILD VID

With the SMU Racing team close to finished preparation for the Teagle Excavations ARB Pines Enduro we thought it was worth reflecting on the race that was for the #7 Jimco one year ago.  The crash was one of those things that happen on occasion in motor racing and if the team had the same set of circumstances 100 times the result would be the same.  A little bit of dust as we went through a caution marker was all it took.  The Jimco was unbelievably tough and did its job – the cockpit untouched and completely straight.  New front end and new rear end and simple – we are back racing….if only that easy as this vid shows!!!

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Enjoy and SMU Racing looks forward to Pines 2016 – Bring it on!

 

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TYRRELL DOWNS

Thanks to the Sea Lake Off Road Club for a great race at Tyrrell Downs on the weekend.  In near perfect conditions, the race was held in what has to be one of the best track regions in Australia and the SMU Racing Jimco had a relatively trouble free race.

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Our aim was to finish and get some important miles into the engine, car and driver as we try to set ourselves for a 2017 campaign.  Our aims were achieved with the car making improvements every run we take it out and a resulting first win for 2016.

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A big thanks to Tim Collard heading up the prep on this car leading into the race (and complete rebuild), Shane Wilson from Shane Wilson Competition Engines for the ongoing development into our new power plant which is showing enormous potential (Ecoboost – far away in time), Johnny Webster for his ongoing help, HJC Helmets for the important things that protects our heads, Kirk at AVR Performance for ongoing assistance, Albins Off Road gear for our transmission that didn’t miss a beat all weekend and our friends at Dynamic Wheels and Tyres for helping us out.  We tried out our first set of Mickey Thompson tyres for the weekend and we were super impressed not only with the braking capability but the amount of traction and handling throughout corners was fantastic.  A nice addition to the SMU #7 Jimco.

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A massive thanks to Cam McClelland for navigating – awesome driver and obviously excellent navigator!  Looking forward to having the car out at Pines Enduro in late September……..

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Next stop Tyrrell Downs

Really looking forward to getting the car out again this weekend at Tyrrell Downs short course to hopefully clock up a few more miles in readiness for 2017.  We continue to refine our new power plant and make sure that the SMU Jimco is fully operational after its rebuild this year.  Cam McClelland is jumping in the hot seat which I think will be a lot easier than 10 years ago when we were thrashing our Super 1650s out there against each other!

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Haven’t raced at Tyrrell Downs since 10 October 1998, so with the trailer and swags packed, off we go!

To those travelling be safe.

WAIKERIE 2016

It has been ten months since Pines Enduro last year but the SMU #7 Jimco makes its debut this weekend at the Waikerie Riverlands Enduro.  It has been a very large job getting the car back to the start line in what has been a ground up rebuild, but the team couldn’t be happier with the final product.

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In addition to this has been the completion of a two year project by Shane Wilson Competition Engines which will also see the new Ford Ecoboost V6 twin turbo makes its debut this weekend.  It is early days with this engine but signs are promising.  It is fair to say that we will hopefully see improvement in this engine over the coming 12 months as we learn more.

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A big thank you to Albins Off Road Gear who helped solve our gear election issue that we encountered at Moorex.  Also a massive thank you to HJC Helmets who have us in our new Si-12.  Looks great, unbelievably comfortable, great airflow and they work – we know!

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Also welcoming Matthew Salt into the navigator’s chair for this weekend.  Tony Butler is unavailable due to work commitments so Salty steps in.  Matt and Salty go back to Portland Sand dune days playing around in the sand and are looking forward to the race ahead.

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Safe drive to all heading to the track and hopefully look forward to seeing all at the finish line !

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Finally Racing!

Well after nine months on the sidelines, following SMU Racing’s acrobatics display at Pines last year, the team are finally hitting the track at Moorex this weekend. The car is brand new and with new power plant in the back, Ford Ecoboost twin turbo V6 built by Shane Wilson Competition Engines, we can’t wait.

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MTQ Dandenong where the team was great in tuning our new motor

New navigator Tony Butler is also having his first taste in Pro Class in the #7 Jimco which he is looking forward to.  Fresh from competing with SMU favourite Leigh Wells at Sea Lake in June, it will be all systems go when he is strapped into the SMU Jet for the first time this weekend.

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A massive thanks to the team for the hard work in getting back to the track in better than new condition with the added complication of changing engines along the way!  Win, lose or draw it is a win just getting there.

IMG_6021 (1)Also a massive thank you to Kris Trotter at KT Autosports for our new HJC Helmets.  After testing our HJC’s last year we wouldn’t wear anything else for safety and comfort.

Hopefully we can get some useful miles into the car, engine and driver in what should be a great warm up for Waikerie.

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