November 25: Corse keeps old race cars humming at Tasman Revival
October 21: Corse the top team in Radical Series
October 3: Corse eyes Malaysia opportunities
August 27: Corse confirms multiple V8 Radicals for 2013
DATE: November 23-25, 2012
EVENT: Tasman Revival
VENUE: Sydney Motorsport Park 'Grand Prix' circuit (3.93km) - Eastern Creek, NSW
VEHICLES (OWNERS): 1960 1.0-litre Lotus 18-Ford (Shuichiro Nagakubo),1965 1.6-litre Brabham BT16-Ford (Kenji Suzuki.),1966 5.7-litre Lola T70 Mk II Spyder-Chevrolet (David Jacobs), 1967 1.6-litre Lotus 51a-Ford (Mitsuru Miyajima), 1970 1.8-litre Chevron B16-Cosworth FVC (Geoff Brown).
David Jacobs in his Corse-prepared Lola T70 fends off Brad Morrin in a Matich SR4B. [Grant Paterson photo]
Corse Motorsport had another busy race meeting at the Tasman Revival at Sydney Motorsport Park (formerly Eastern Creek Raceway) this weekend.
The race meeting celebrated the annual trans-Tasman international openwheeler series held from 1964-76, as well as sports and touring car racing in the same era.
The Corse crew had no fewer than five classic racing machines - three openwheelers and two sports cars - to look after during the four-day nostalgia-fest:
The Corse crew had their hands full with several minor repairs, but they kept the old racing cars humming throughout the three-day event.
Also at the race meeting, although not competing, was a Lotus Elan 26R that had just undergone a complete restoration at Corse's Wetherill Park workshop. The rare dry-sump engined hardtop looked resplendent in the authentic livery of its original owner, 1960s Queensland radio disc jockey Bill Gates.
Shuichiro Nagakubo (Lotus 18) leads two other Formula Juniors. [Grant Paterson photo]
"I love these old cars," said Corse owner Mick Mitchell. "They came from an amazing era when companies like Cosworth, Hewland, Lola, Lotus and McLaren made engineering breakthroughs that changed the face of motorsport.
"Historic cars have a special magic that attracts fans, mechanics & drivers of all ages. Most of the drivers are enthusiastic amateurs, not professionals, and they get such a kick out of driving their cars on a racetrack that they don?t really care whether they finish first or last.
"The atmosphere in the paddock at the Tasman Revival was fantastic, with famous drivers of the past like Kevin Bartlett, Leo Geoghegan and Warwick Brown happy to chat to their fans."
The Tasman Revival closed a successful year for Corse Motorsport, highlighted by Neale Muston's victory in the Radical Australia Cup (see story, below).
Shuichiro Nagakubo (in car), Kenji Suzuki (centre) and Mitsuru Miyajima enjoyed their visit to Australia for the Tasman Revival. [Good Publicity photo]
DATE: October 20, 2012
EVENT: Radical Australia Cup, final round
VENUE: Sydney Motorsport Park 'North' circuit (2.8km) - Eastern Creek, NSW
VEHICLE (OWNER): Radical SR3 (Neal Muston)
Corse owner Mick Mitchell (left) and Neale Muston celebrate their Radical Australia Cup success. [Speed Shots photo]
Corse Motorsport is the 2012 Radical Australia Cup champion team in only its second attempt at the one-make sports car category.
The Wetherill Park, NSW, workshop prepared the Radical SR3 of series-winning driver Neale Muston, who sealed the deal with one race remaining in this weekend's final round at Sydney Motorsport Park.
Corse owner Mick Mitchell explained that the team took a conservative approach to give Neale the best chance of winning the Radical series on SMP?s 2.8km ?North? circuit.
?Neale saved his tyres in qualifying, which probably cost him pole position for the first race, and he let Nathan Antunes take the win after Nathan jumped the start. We thought Nathan would get a pitlane drive-through, but the stewards only gave him a five-second penalty ? and Neale finished six seconds behind!
?That fired him up for the second race, which he won by nine seconds and gave him an unbeatable lead in the pointscore.?
Neale was poised to win the third race, but a driveshaft broke at the start, putting him out.
?The driveline takes a beating over the kerbs on the ?North? circuit link road, and one of the drive shafts looked like it might have a problem, so we changed it between races as a precaution,? Mick said. ?For the replacement driveshaft to fail was unexpected, but sometimes that happens in racing.?
Mick added that Neale?s win was all the more meritorious considering he missed one of the seven rounds.
?Neale had to skip the second round because of business commitments, but he was clearly the dominant driver this year. He was the overall winner at four of the six rounds he contested, and won races at the other two.?
Mick considers Neale one of the best drivers he?s worked with since Corse Motorsport opened its doors in 1992.
?Neale?s been racing for less than five years, but already he?s won three championship titles ? and that could easily have been four or five if he?d been able to devote more time to motorsport. He?s good enough to have made a career as a professional racing driver, but as a successful businessman he has the best of both worlds!?
For his part, Neale acknowledged Corse Motorsport?s role in his series win.
?I?ve been very happy with the results we?ve achieved this year, not only with the Radical but also with my Porsche 997 GT3,? he said. ?We won 12 races from 16 starts in the Radical, which is a credit to the Corse crew?s superb preparation and pit work, as well as Mick?s management and strategic advice during race meetings.
?Now I?m looking forward to racing next year with Number 1 on the new SR8 Radical, which is sure to be one of the fastest cars racing in Australia.?
Corse Motorsport will field three of the 2.7-litre V8 sports cars for Muston, Nick Kelly and Ash Samadi in the 2013 Radical Australia Cup. A squadron of SR8s will race alongside the existing 1.5-litre four-cylinder SR3 models in a two-class series for the first time.
October 3, 2012
Malaysian drivers can race the same types of cars in Australia that they?re familiar with. [E.X Studio photo]
There?s potential for closer ties between Australian and Malaysian motorsport, according to Corse Motorsport owner Mick Mitchell.
Mick, whose Wetherill Park workshop prepares cars for Radical Australia Cup points leader Neale Muston and Mosler GT racer Ash Samadi, made the assessment after a fact-finding visit to the Malaysia Merdeka Endurance Race at Sepang in September.
He attended the in the 12-hour event as a guest of the Malaysian Nexus team, whose Aston Martin Vantage, co-driven by Australian Daniel Bilski and locals Adrian Henry D'Silva and Mohd Fahrizal Hassan, won the production sports car class.
Mick believes a variety of Australian races would suit drivers from Malaysia or nearby countries.
?They can drive the same types of cars in the same type of long-distance races they?re familiar with, like the Bathurst 12-hour and the Australian GT and Production Car Championships,? he said. "Or there?s the Radical Australia Cup if they want to drive something a bit different.?
The reverse applies to Australians who?d like to race in Malaysia, Mick says.
?Sepang holds two endurance races for cars: the 12-hour for GTs and production sports and touring cars each September, and a 1000km race for small-capacity production touring cars in December. There?s also a Super Series with races for GT and production touring cars over five rounds, one of them supporting the Malaysian Formula 1 Grand Prix.
?It?s a world-class facility, as you?d expect for an F1 venue, and the administration is very efficient.
?Nexus fields GT and production cars in all of these events, and it?s a thoroughly professional team ? as good as any outfit in Australia.?
August 27, 2012
Radical Australia Cup points leader Neale Muston will drive one of two, and possibly three, Corse-prepared V8 Radicals next year. [MPix photo]
Corse Motorsport will field up to three drivers in the new V8 class of the Radical Australia Cup in 2013.
The Wetherill Park, NSW, team has confirmed it will prepare the latest and most potent version of the British open-cockpit sports car for current Radical Australia Cup pointscore leader Neale Muston and GT racer Ash Samadi. A third car is likely for Nick Kelly.
Corse Motorsport owner Mick Mitchell, who currently looks after Muston?s and Kelly?s SR3 Radicals and Samadi?s Mosler MT900S, expects the 2.7-litre SR8 to be significantly quicker than the 1.5-litre model.
?With 320kW and weighing only 680kg, the SR8 has a maximum speed of 285km/h ? 35km/h faster than the SR3,? Mick said. ?The SR8 accelerates from 0-100km/h in 2.7 seconds ? 0.4 seconds quicker than the four-cylinder car. It also has bigger discs than the SR3, so it should brake better too.
?In initial testing, the first SR8 to land in Australia lapped Sydney Motorsport Park in 1 minute 25 seconds. That?s four seconds faster than the SR3 record at SMP, which is already about equal to V8Supercar pace, so it should be a real weapon with some more sorting!
?SR3 drivers who have tried the SR8 tell me that the extra torque of the V8 makes a bigger difference than the power increase, and that it?s better balanced than the four-cylinder car.?
Muston?s and Samadi?s SR8s are due to arrive in November, giving Corse plenty of time to prepare them for next year?s Radical Australia Cup series.
Mick is an unabashed fan of the one-make Radical formula, which he believes offers drivers tremendous performance and great value.
?Radicals are fast, reliable, and easy to sort,? he said. ?They react well to set-up changes, which teaches new drivers what happens when they alter suspension, tyre and wing settings. From my point of view, it?s a well-developed chassis that?s easy to work on. I only need a small pit crew for race meetings, which keeps costs and stress levels down.
?Radical?s Australian agent supports the category by carrying a good supply of spare parts, so the teams don?t have to tie up money in their own stockpiles. Best of all, the Radical Australia Cup is excellent value. It?s about a quarter of the cost of buying, preparing and racing a new GT3 car.
?Being a one-make series, you don?t have to update to the latest model every year to be competitive. The SR3 has been around for several years now with very few changes, and I expect the SR8 to be the same.
?Drivers get plenty of track time at each round of the series ? either two sprints and a 50-minute mini-enduro, or two of the longer races. There?s also the prospect of Radicals racing in the Bathurst 12-hour, and Australian drivers travelling to long-distance events in Malaysia, Dubai and Spa-Francorchamps in the near future.
?The numbers are rising every year because the category is well organised, the rules are policed properly, and the drivers look after their machinery ? unlike some one-make series, where there?s carnage at every corner.
?Although most Radical drivers have successful businesses, they aren't multi-millionaires. They?re not racing for sheep stations, but they do want bang for their racing bucks ? and the Radical Australia Cup gives them plenty of that!?
CHASSIS: steel tube spaceframe with FIA safety cell and aluminium honeycomb crash structures
BODY: 2-seat open-cockpit sports car; carbon fibre composite & fibreglass
ENGINE: rear-mounted 320kW 2.7-litre naturally aspirated alloy V8
TRANSMISSION: 6-speed sequential gearbox; limited-slip differential
BRAKES: 280mm ventilated discs
WHEELS: front ? 15x8in; rear ? 16x10in.
TYRES: front ? 200/580/R15; rear ? 265/605/R16 Dunlop slicks
FUEL TANK: 77 litres
DIMENSIONS: length ? 4.1m; width ? 1.79m; height ? 1.04m
DRY WEIGHT: 680kg
PERFORMANCE: top speed ? 285km/h; 0-100km/h ? 2.7sec.