Wow! What a year 2016 has been for Arise Racing. Our season finale was held on the 19th of November at the busy Wanneroo 300 weekend.
The series win was nearly in the bag for one of our rookies, Alex Barboutis, after winning the previous round, including setting the new F1000 lap record.
A one off come back for Australian F4 racer Jordan Love, to shake down a new car for the 2017 season, was certainly going to add some fireworks, along with our series regulars who are continually improving.
Not to be ruled out was Jordan’s 14 year old brother, Aaron, who was having his car racing debut after progressing from karting through the Arise Racing development and coaching program.
Qualifying saw Jordan strike the first blow, taking pole position over Alex, followed closely by Adam LIsle. Hot on Adam’s heels though was our young debutant Aaron. Chris Ratty had a session long battle with Aaron and set a PB qualifying time to secure 5th. Mike Folwell was also flying, sitting right behind in 6th, setting a blistering PB time. Arise racing locked out the top 6 positions. Heinz Pfenninger also show continued improvement with a PB quallifying time placing him 9th.
All 3 races where action packed, from the green flag. Race 1 saw a good battle between Alex and Jordan, with Jordan taking the win. Aaron and Adam had a good tussle untill an electrical fault dropped Adam out of the top 10. Chris chased Aaron hard all the way to the flag, Mike battled it out with 2016 series champion Ben Riley, finishing 8th and just in front of Heinz in 9th.
Race 2 was again a battle for the lead. Alex and Jordan traded places numerous times through out the race with Alex getting the upper hand with a few laps to go. Aaron again chased them home for 3rd place, closely followed by Chris. With his electrical issue resolved, Adam stormed back through to 5th place by the flag. Again Mike and Heinz where in the midst of it all finishing 8th and 9th respectively.
Race 3 was shaping up to be action packed again. It did not fail to deliver. Jordan and Alex went wheel to wheel for lap after lap. Adam took the fight to you Aaron, forcing him to work hard and really put his race craft to the test. Adam succeeded in getting the upper hand and Chris Ratty was also waiting to pounce on the fighting pair. Alex managed to use his year long experience and take the win from Jordan, also sealing the 2016 championship honours. Adam flew home in 3rd place, which also secured him 2nd place honours for the 2016 championship, followed by Chris, Aaron (who secured 3rd overall for the day on debut) and Ben Riley. Mike was really putting some new found race skills to the test, losing out on the line after a mega last corner manouver again followed home by Heinz in 9th place.
2016 was an excellent year for Arise Racing with 1st and 2nd in the championship, many new skills learnt and continually developing our drivers to achieve PB’s and build new skills to put into practice on the track. We thank all of our team members, staff and sponsors for making the year as enjoyable as it was. 2017 is shaping up to be even better. Have a happy holiday season and we will see you on track soon.