Friday, Oct 11 04:54pm
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Toyota 86 trio look for success at Mount Panorama

Three up-and-coming Kiwi racers will give Bathurst their best shot this weekend in one of the most competitive fields of the big weekend at Mount Panorama.


Toyota 86 Championship racers Peter Vodanovich and Jaden Ransley will be looking to build on their performances so far in this year’s Australian championship.


Vodanovich has been under the wing of former Bathurst 1000 winner Paul Morris in recent months and will be looking to convert that knowledge and his undoubted speed into solid results over the weekend. Looking ahead to the action.


“My racing career started by playing Bathurst on a simulator and it’s so cool to be racing at such an iconic track this weekend,” Vodanovich said.


“The team and I have put in a lot of work to prepare myself mentally and physically working with Anton De Pasquale, SVG, Paul Morris and doing some enduros back in New Zealand too.


“I’m in good hands with the Paul Morris Academy so hoping to take home some good points and silverware.”


Ransley, meanwhile, will be aiming to get back on the top step of the podium. 


“I’m insanely excited to be racing here at Bathurst this weekend,” he said.


“We’ve done a few test days back at home in preparation for this weekend and I’m feeling great. The goal is to stay around the pointy end of the field like we were at Phillip Island.”


For Andrew Jackson, who confirmed his deal to run in one of the Australian TOYOTA GAZOO Racing 86s only last week, it's much more about the experience of being part of one of the biggest weekends in Australasian motorsport each year.


“It's obviously going to be quite a challenge, as I have never been to Bathurst and like many have only seen it on television,” he said.


“It’s the experience that I am excited about, an awesome opportunity to race on the biggest stage in Australasian motorsport.


“We will be trying to learn as much as we can from the team over there and translate as much as possible to our own NZ series starting in November.”


Vodanovich finished Qualifying as the highest placed New Zealand in 13th with Ransley not far behind in 15th while Andrew Jackson was 23rd in the 34-car field.


Race 1 takes place at 10:05 am NZST on Saturday morning. Race 2 follows that afternoon at 2:55 pm NZST. The final encounter on Sunday morning gets underway at 9:45 am NZST.