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Pooncarie 25 years on….

The SMU Racing team is off to AORC Round 2 this weekend in Pooncarie NSW. The team was last here 25 years ago in a Class 2 buggy. 500km race, a young 24 year old MH behind the wheel and the best we could muster was a 3rd in class result with some Kombi gearbox issues plaguing the day probably due to the massive horsepower of the L16 Datsun 1600 from memory!!

Anyway the team will be looking for a better result this time round and we couldn’t be happier with what has transpired since St George. Issue found to be an injector jammed on resulting in the excessive fuel use. All fixed now with Michael from Quickbitz weaving his final bitz (!) of magic on the dyno as we speak.

Car to leave for Coomealla Thursday night Show and Shine before we get under way racing at Pooncarie on Saturday and Sunday.

Really looking forward to hitting the track and getting a good run in.

Safe travel to all getting there and stay updated on Instagram and facebook over the weekend for team updates.

Thanks again to all of our partners in helping us get to races this year.  Without you we wouldn’t be there

Dutton Garage

Dutton One

Shane Wilson Competition Engines

Mickey Thompson Tyres Australia

Racer Imports

Albins Off Road gear

HJC Helmets (KT Autosport Australia)

Quickbitz

P1 Motorsport

Xtreme DI

Sellyourcarfast

Northern Workwear

Teralume Industries

Quality Metal Solutions

Flexicut Engineering

Dynamic Wheels and Tyres

Jimco

offroadracing.com.au

GO SMU!

2022 AORC Season Opener DNF1 – SMU 0

Well fair to say, not the start we were after at the AORC season opener at St George!

After arriving at the track on Friday at 7am we finally commenced our Prologue run at 5:30pm in thick dust, no wind and blinding sun as it set in the west.  Far from ideal prologue conditions.   5th in the Prologue with the only good news that 2 minute dust gaps would be for the top 10 shoot out. This is a must for all events given its importance……

All Photos thank you to the amazing Tania Pendlebury!

Amazing how good visibility is in a prologue…….anyway (!) dust free and sun free our top ten shoot out started well and we got into the groove.  About a third of the way we started losing power down low out of the corners but the engine would clear itself out down the straights.  As we got to the end of the 12kms circuit it got worse to the point of almost stalling on the final two corners.  As we crossed the line the car stalled and was (apparently) on fire in one of the mufflers!  Literally on fire!!!

End result was we used 42 litres of fuel in 12kms (lucky fuel is cheap the moment 🙁 and we came second by 3 seconds.  Unfortunately, this was our race end as were not able to diagnose the issue at the track and in any event we believe to be DI injector related which would have been a big fix, if at all.  

Never big on race cars sitting round in sheds and unfortunately this is what this car has done for pretty much two years.

Positives

Car still on the pace

Great to catch up with friends we haven’t seen for a long time

First race in a year and second in 2 years…..!

Negatives

Prologue track covered in mud from water truck – car needs to be pulled down for complete clean after 20km !

We didn’t finish and effectively AORC is over us as all rounds count – no dropping weakest round.

Midgee bites that got the crew but didn’t appear until five days after the event.  Ouch !

For now injector issues to be found and solved.  Next stop Pooncarie and then Finke.  Last time racing at Pooncarie was 1997…..!!!!!

Thanks again to all of our partners in helping us get to races this year.  Without you we wouldn’t be there

Dutton Garage

Dutton One

Shane Wilson Competition Engines

Mickey Thompson Tyres Australia

Racer Imports

Albins Off Road gear

HJC Helmets (KT Autosport Australia)

Quickbitz

P1 Motorsport

Xtreme DI

Sellyourcarfast

Northern Workwear

Teralume Industries

Quality Metal Solutions

Flexicut Engineering

Dynamic Wheels and Tyres

Jimco

offroadracing.com.au

GO SMU!

AORC Opener St George 2022

The countdown to St George is in its final stages with 4 days until the rubber hits the dirt for Prologue for the AORC Round 1.

For SMU Racing we could not be happier with the prep for the big race.  The car has had a refresh after not doing much for the last two years due to covid.  It definitely would have been nice to get some more seat time in, but we are running with the theory that off road driving is a little bit like riding a bike…hopefully it shouldn’t take too long to get back in the groove!

The SMU Jimco is currently en route to St George with the remainder of the team flying in Thursday. Again Prologue is on Friday afternoon with a Shoot out Saturday morning before getting underway for the main event not long after.

The race looks to be hotly contested with over 100 entries which is a great start to the Championship. Up the front will be a real battle with Rentsch, Howells, Gartner, brother Beau Robinson and a host of others all in with a big chance for outright honours. For SMU Racing it will be about finishing and hopefully collecting some points in the process with the team scheduled in for at least the first three AORC rounds for 2022.

A massive thank you to all of our partners before embark on 2022. We appreciate your support.

Dutton Garage

Dutton One

Shane Wilson Competition Engines

Mickey Thompson Tyres Australia

Racer Imports

Albins Off Road gear

HJC Helmets (KT Autosport Australia)

Quickbitz

AVR Performance

Xtreme DI

Sellyourcarfast

Northern Workwear

Teralume Industries

Quality Metal Solutions

Flexicut Engineering

Dynamic Wheels and Tyres

Jimco

offroadracing.com.au

Watch Instagram and facebook over the weekend for race updates

For those making their way to St George, travel safe and look forward to going racing again.

GO SMU!

2022 Season shortly about to kick off!

After what feels like an eternity, the 2022 season opener is about to kick off in St George. For those around the country and particularly in Victoria, it has been some time!

The team is looking forward to getting underway and there has been some time spent getting things ready for the race after a long time of no racing.

It was great to get some time behind the wheel down the dunes at Christmas both in Car #7 and old faithful has been brought back into the garage! Fantastic to be out in this car again and getting the kids excited for ‘one day’!

We will be putting some lead up stories to the event so keep a watch out on the website, facebook and insta for the team’s lead up to the St George 399! Thanks again to our fantastic partners who without their support we would not be at the track

Dutton Garage

Dutton One

Shane Wilson Competition Engines

Mickey Thompson Tyres Australia

Racer Imports

Albins Off Road gear

HJC Helmets (KT Autosport Australia)

Quickbitz

AVR Performance

Xtreme DI

Sellyourcarfast

Teralume Industries

Quality Metal Solutions

Flexicut Engineering

Dynamic Wheels and Tyres

Race Paint

Jimco

Offroadracing.com.au

Northern Workwear

Season 2021 another interrupted season

Fingers crossed we get a start at Rainbow although one must say it is hopeful rather than likely looking at this from the outside. Pines after Rainbow would be nice as would Loveday and even a trip out west to race wth our brothers in WA….again hopeful more than likely.

In any event we are ready to go racing like the rest of the off road racers so should the green flag be waved, pardon the pun., we will be there…..

In the meantime a big thanks to Benny Hutt form BE Nutts Productions. Our fault he hardly had any footage from St George 2021 but nevertheless he has used what he could to the best of his ability which is good!

Enjoy and again a massive thanks to our partners who stand by us waiting to get a start!

Stay safe and hopefully see everybody at a race soon….now wouldn’t that be nice

SMU Racing ready for Season 2021

Well it looks like we will get a start of sorts for the 2021 Off Road Racing season. Whilst we will no doubt get uncertainty in the lead up that events may or may not go ahead, we hope to see some racing of sorts in 2021, unlike 2020 for those based in Victoria!

The team is looking forward to turning the wheels of the SMU Racing Jimco in anger at the Rainbow Rises 240 event to give the car and crew a short run before heading to the AORC opener in Queensland for the Cobb and Co St George 399 – just 11 days later.

Borders open, no quarantining, no new cases etc in the lead ups to these events will be the new norm for racing to go ahead but, after no racing last year, we can’t wait to hit the dirt!

The SMU Jimco sporting new shoes on trail for Rainbow the Mickey Thompson BAJA BOSS!

A massive welcome to official new sponsors supporting the team in 2021 Dutton Garage, Dutton One, Sellyourcarfast and Targa Australia – all businesses within the Dutton Group.

Dutton Garage in Richmond Victoria is internationally renowned for classic, collectable, luxury and super modern sports cars. Even for those just looking for a latte in the famous Dutton Cafe, looking at LaFerrari’s and 911s can be a nice way to spend the morning!

Dutton One outlets are now appearing all across Australia – 11 sites in total and growing. Pre owned prestige and luxury vehicles en masse so if you are looking for that BMW M3 or Range Rover for the kids, Dutton One is it.

Sellyourcarfast is the easiest no nonsense way to sell your car fast in hours at a great price. Sick of tyre kickers? Head to the website and literally you can have your car sold and cash received in 24 hours!

And for those who are sick of getting dirt in their eyes and looking for the next racing horizon, look no further than Targa – the ultimate in tarmac rallying. With the showcase event being Targa Tasmania being backed up with Targa High Country and Targa Great Barrier Reef to make up the Targa Australia Championship. These events cater for competitors and tourers alike (no helmet needed – just enter and roll up!) and are a must do for Bucket Listers. Those crossing over from off road will feel right at home with the flowing non lap format.

Thanks again to all of our partners that help get us to the start line at every event. Look forward to getting a good warm up at Rainbow before the fun begins in earnest at St George AORC1 ! Watch out for more updates as the days count down…..

GO SMU!


Fingers crossed we have a start to AORC 2020

As the world enters unchartered waters with the outbreak of COVID 19, almost all aspects of every day life seems to have been affected. Every decision at every level looks to be made with the objective of slowing the rate of infection so that our national health system can respond in the best way possible.

And like most people trying to understand what parameters we will operate under, we will wait for a decision on the AORC opener at St George. Do we race as normal, race in ’empty stadiums’ ie with no spectators or the race at St George be cancelled? A myriad of questions and answers with so many possibilities – the decision tree goes off the page.

The SMU Racing team hopes that the race continues. We believe that with the correct hygiene protocols, the correct management of gatherings for the race (scruitineering, drivers briefings and presentation where it is unlikely gatherings of 200 would be exceeded in close proximity, and definitely not inside closed quarters) and an overall awareness by all with what we are dealing with in regard to its spread, that the hard work of the St George 399 Committee should allow the race to continue. Scrutineering, drivers briefings and presentation could all be modified so that minimum risk was achieved.

Not to mention the town of St George that could no doubt use some economic benefit of visitors after what could only be described as a disastrous start to 2020.

Hopefully Organisers in conjunction with Motorsport Australia can see these type pf events for what they are – two competitors inside a car over a long course track with spectators generally spread thinly over the course. We fully agree with the measures implemented to stop the immediate spread of this terrible virus but also acknowledge that the economic impact of shutting the country down could be potentially as detrimental as the virus itself in the long term.

And plus we really would like to go racing

Keep your eye out for more updates in what is hopefully the lead up to the the Cobb and Co Hotel St George 399.

SMU Merchandise for 2020 about to be released through Sportzprint. we are pretty happy with the final design….

Good luck to everybody, be smart and stay safe.

SMU Racing ready this weekend with HJC Hard hats on!

The 2020 season is fast approaching with SMU Racing locked in for the Rainbow Rises 240 this weekend, the Cobb & Co St George 399 and Tatts Finke Desert Race for the first three races of the year.  The car has undergone a massive off season as the SMU Jimco looks to hit the track fully pepped for the long season ahead.

The team are pumped to announce that HJC helmets are again partnering with the team for the 2020 season.  The team have been wearing HJC since the start of the 2003 season and have never looked back.  While the partnership became official in 2013, the team has been a big believer in the brand and always acknowledged that safety and comfort together were so crucial in Off Road racing and the main reason they are using HJC.

Driver Matt and Navigator Nigel will again be wearing the AR10-III HJC helmets with the orange tinted visors with these helmets being lightweight and extremely comfortable. 

Kris from KT Autosports and Australian HJC distributor said, “Keeping the team safe and comfortable in the AR10-IIIhelmets is paramount and the boys were thrilled with the performance of these helmets last year.  It was good see some other first time HJC Off Road purchasers in 2018/9 and give the great feedback that we received. For anyone who is looking at HJC Helmets, these are ideally designed for Off Road Racing.  You can make contact via Face book at KTautosports or contact me direct on 0448 568 570.  We have plenty of helmets in stock so you can try on the best style and size that fits.  You will feel the difference straight away” said Kris.

Team SMU will be away and racing this weekend and again be wearing HJC!

We cant wait…..

SMU Racing lit up by Teralume Industries for 2020

SMU Racing are proud to announce Teralume Industries as official lighting partner for the 2020 Australian Off-Road Championship Racing season.  

Driver Matt Hanson said,” We are excited to partner up with Teralume for the 2020 season and can’t wait to see the full range which has been in design and testing over the last six months.  For anyone who knows whether on the road or off the road out bush, precision lighting is key to getting there safely and, in our case, fast!”

“We have worked with Dan Lindley from Teralume Industries in a previous life and know that he is dedicated to providing premium products for customers that need the toughest and the best when off the road and importantly on the road when getting to where the fun begins.  We will be covered in Teralume from our F350 truck traveling around the country from Alice Springs to Kalgoorlie to Rainbow, to the race car with night vision and coloured LED bars to the trailer with loading lights it will be day time 24/7!”

Dan Lindley, Executive Director at Teralume industries, was looking forward to once again being personally involved with SMU Racing for 2020,” Launching a new product range at Teralume Industries and partnering with SMU Racing as they compete in the Australian Off-Road Championship, made a lot of sense for us.  We are proud of our new range and getting these lights out in the harshest off-road conditions our country presents is where we want to be.  Matt and the SMU Racing team are great ambassadors for Teralume and we can’t wait to be with the team at races including the Tatts Finke Desert race where the team are hoping to make an impact this year”

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