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Sydney race team fighting for Toyota 86 Series and SuperUtes crowns.
After a strong 2019 campaign in two different national categories, the Sydney-based Sieders Racing outfit heads to this weekend’s Coates Hire Newcastle 500 with the chance of a coveted double crown.
Off the back of race victories in the last two Toyota 86 Series rounds at Bathurst and Sandown, Aaron Borg heads to Newcastle with a 20-point lead in the series standings, and will be aiming to secure Sieders Racing’s first overall victory in the competitive one-make series.
Borg will spearhead a four-car T86RS campaign, which also includes the father-and-son combination of Gerard and Jaiden Maggs, along with David Sieders who returns to the driver’s seat after missing the last round at Sandown with an injury.
It will be Gerard Maggs’ third-consecutive weekend in a race car; in between T86RS rounds, he made an impressive debut in the Aussie Racing Utes Series at Winton last weekend aboard one of the Sieders Racing Commodores, finishing on the podium for the round.
Following his horrific crash in the final T86RS race at Sandown, John Iafolla has unfortunately been relegated to the sidelines for this weekend, but is already planning his return to the driver’s seat for the 2020 season.
In the ECB SuperUtes, it’s Cameron Crick who has the best chance of delivering a championship trophy to the SRT crew; while the Mitsubishi Triton driver will need some luck to go his way to erase the 60-point deficit to the series leader, it’s certainly not beyond the realms of possibility on the unforgiving Newcastle street circuit.
At fourth in the standings, Ben Walsh (Toyota Hilux) is also a mathematical chance for the title, while making his return to the driver’s seat this weekend is Elliot Barbour, who should also be among the weekend’s front-runners in the second of the Tritons.
The SRT SuperUtes line-up will be completed by the Hiluxes of Craig Woods, Craig Thompson and also former V8 Utes racer Layton Barker, who makes his debut in the category.
Three races will be held for both the Toyota 86 Series and ECB SuperUtes.
Coates Hire Newcastle 500 Schedule
Friday, 22 November
9:00am – SuperUtes Practice 1 (20 min)
9:30am – Toyota 86 Series Practice 1 (20 min)
12:25pm – SuperUtes Practice 2 (20 min)
12:55pm – Toyota 86 Series Practice 2 (20 min)
2:50pm – SuperUtes Qualifying (20 min)
Saturday, 23 November
9:50am – Toyota 86 Series Qualifying (15 min)
12:40pm – SuperUtes Race 1 (11 laps)
2:15pm – Toyota 86 Series Race 1 (11 laps)
Sunday, 24 November
9:05am – Toyota 86 Series Race 2 (13 laps)
10:10am – SuperUtes Race 2 (13 laps)
12:45pm – Toyota 86 Series Race 3 (11 laps)
2:15pm – SuperUtes Race 3 (11 laps)
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