Tough weekend at the mountain for Pedders racing puts efforts on-hold
The team at Pedders Racing, proudly supported by Exedy, where looking forward to a successful weekend of racing at the Bathurst 6 Hour. Starting out on a high note, Pedders’ Managing Director, Mark Pedder, was joining the team’s driver line up for the for the first time.
Sadly, the weekend came to an early end following an engine failure.
After a good run in Practice 1 on board #86, Mark jumped behind the wheel for his first competitively on Mount Panorama Circuit, however just over two minutes into the session, #86 lost all power and returned to pit lane with the most heartbreaking of scraping sounds coming from the engine bay.
Rather than risking another engine, after a series of failures, the team decided to withdraw from the event. This was the first time that the team has withdrawn from a race weekend in their long and successful history.
Unfortunately for the team it appears that each engine has failed in a different way. After winning two national championships it has become apparent that there is a critical issue with the #86 that is the cause of the ongoing mechanical failures. At this point in time, the team has decided to take a step away from competition and are considering the options of either a complete strip and rebuild, or retiring the five year old car.
“We dearly value the associations that we have created with sponsors, suppliers, trade networks, officials, event management teams, fellow race crews, friends, families and fans,” said Grant Phillips, Pedders Racing Team Principal. “We certainly appreciate the time, effort, skill and passion that has been provided to us by the staff and students at Motorsports Training Australia and our many supporting partners over the seasons.
“For now, we can take the step back knowing that #86 has created careers, built business networks, opened doors to opportunities and friendships, and been the catalyst of many relationships.
“She’s been awesome, and this journey simply wouldn’t have been possible without ongoing support of everyone involved in the program.” Grant added.