CHE Racing looking to build on recent form at B6HR
Canberra-based motorsport outfit, CHE Racing will be looking to continue its recent run of success when it lines up on the grid for the Hi-Tec Oils Bathurst 6 Hour this weekend.
Over the last month, CHE Racing has achieved overall victories in the opening round of the Porsche Carrera Cup with Cameron Hill, along with the first round of the Australian Formula Ford Championship and first two rounds of the Victorian Formula Ford Championship with Tom Sargent.
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This weekend, Sargent and Lachlan Mineeff will steer the CHE Racing Toyota 86 in the production car endurance marathon at the Holy Grail of Australian motorsport and are aiming for nothing less than a class win.
“In the 2019 Bathurst 6 Hour, we achieved history by becoming the youngest driver combination in history to finish a major endurance race at Bathurst, but we made hard work of it,” Sargent said.
“The engine blew and we lost a lot of time in the pits changing it. While it was rewarding to make it to the finish, we’re aiming for a much better result this time around.”
“Since 2019, we’ve done a lot of work to the car, especially in the area of handling,” Mineeff added.
“We’ve installed a KW Suspension kit thanks to Solo Werks, which has given us a greater degree of adjustability – this will be useful for fine-tuning the car and ensuring we have a package that is comfortable for both Tom and myself over the race distance.”
Both drivers are coming off the back of impressive performances in national categories. In addition to Sargent’s aforementioned Formula Ford success, Mineeff debuted in the Supercheap Auto TCR Australia Series at Phillip Island, immediately recording top 10 results against well-credentialled opposition.
Fresh from his victorious Carrera Cup outing, Hill will wear the team manager hat this weekend and says the pressure of making the right strategic calls in the heat of battle will be just as challenging as driving the car.
“In the Bathurst 6 Hour, there are a lot of variables, especially with such a massive field (more than 60 cars) and big speed differences between the fastest and slowest cars,” Hill said.
“There will be Safety Cars for sure, and it will be a case of managing our pit stops and tactics to ensure we stay on the lead lap within our class. It can be very easy to fall off the lead lap if you pit at the wrong time and then you spend the rest of the day chasing your tail.
“Our strategy will be to stay out of trouble and conserve the car for the first five hours, and put ourselves in a position where we can sprint hard in the last hour.”
Bathurst 6 Hour practice will be held on Friday, with qualifying on Saturday and the race on Sunday.
The race will be shown live on the screens of Seven this weekend.