Lukasz prepares for Targa debut
Jul 26, 2013
Crafers teenager, Mitchell Lukasz, has all but confirmed plans to compete in the inaugural 2013 Rookie Targa Adelaide. After having spent most of the 2013 season on the side lines due to budget restrictions, Lukasz is again proud to announce Joe Cool's Air Conditioning as the team's major sponsor for the event.
The confident teenager will pair with experienced tarmac rally co-driver and Adelaide local Matthew Woods. Woods (35) is a 10 year veteran as a motor sport competitor whose career highlights includes Historic Class Winner in the 2004 SARC, 2nd outright in the 2006 Classic Adelaide and 2nd in Contemporary Classic in the 2011 Suplaoc Classic Targa Adelaide.
Lukasz will be leasing a car from Adelaide MG specialists AA Automotive who have been busy adapting a track inspired MGF for the challenging tarmac course.
"I'm fortunate to have the support of a passionate, local motorsport outfit like AA Automotive who have been fantastic in adapting a track car for the testing tarmac conditions," says Lukasz.
This year's Targa Adelaide will feature a technical course for competitors which also is more accessible to spectators than ever before.
"The course this year is very tight and twisting, certainly the style of roads that will suit the nimble MG. It's a fantastic lay out for spectators too as all the stages are within a 35km radius of the Adelaide CBD in addition to the massively popular night stage held at the Wayville Showgrounds on Wednesday August 21st," Lukasz explains.
Lukasz and Woods are anticipating a wet Targa Adelaide as is the norm for August in South Australia. The teenager is upbeat about a positive result whilst learning a great deal from co-driver Woods, whose experience will be invaluable throughout the event.
The Targa Adelaide commences on August 21st with the InterContinental Targa Adelaide Night Stage held at the Wayville showgrounds before concluding with a street party along the Norwood Parade on Sunday August 25th.
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Lukasz makes promising Swift Series debut
Apr 23, 2013
19 year old Crafers resident, Mitchell Lukasz, made his national circuit racing debut at the weekend in the Australian Swift Racing Series at Mallala Motor Sport Park. The youngest and most inexperienced competitor in the field, Lukasz presented consistency and pace throughout the weekend, finishing 7th in all three races.
"I was hoping to be slightly higher up the field on debut, but I'm content with 7th place across three races which were run in very trying conditions," said Lukasz.
Lukasz's weekend started strongly during Friday practice where he spent time learning the car and the track. With little circuit experience, Lukasz was eager to remain on track as much as possible in every session to understand the Swift's behaviour and learn the testing Mallala layout.
Qualifying on Saturday afternoon did not go according to plan for the young racer with a spin on the first lap resulting in damage to a wheel and subsequently early retirement from the session. Starting from 9th for his first ever race, Lukasz was excited about the opportunity to be racing at night under lights at the Mallala circuit.
Race one was a fantastic learning curve for Lukasz who experienced a good start and healthy battle with competitor Scott Gore. Race two on Sunday in wet conditions proved straight forward for the debutant who made a poor start and worked his way back through the field to again clinch 7th position. The final race on Sunday, conducted in torrential conditions, saw Lukasz gain his best start of the weekend not dropping any places within the first lap. By far the toughest race of the weekend, Lukasz again went on to achieve a 7th position with rain battering the circuit in the closing stages of the race.
"Overall it was very productive weekend for me. I learnt a great deal about race craft and the set up of the Swift. With more seat time in 2013, I'm hopeful of a more competitive showing in my next event," Lukasz added.
Mitchell is highly appreciative to sponsors IMS Event Medical, Joe Cool's Air Conditioning, Southside Suzuki, Taplin Real Estate, Lend Rep Finance and The Aldgate Pump Hotel.
"Without the support of these wonderful, local Adelaide businesses, my weekend wouldn't have been possible. Hopefully my consistent showing on debut will attract support for the rest of the season as I learn and become more competitive in 2013," Lukasz concluded.
Round 1 of the Hi-Tec Oils Australian Swift Racing Series will air on SBS' Speedweek and Fox Speed in the coming weeks.
Lukasz to make National Swift debut at Mallala
Apr 11, 2013 - by Suzuki Swift Racing Series
Crafers teenager Mitchell Lukasz will make his Australian Swift Racing Series debut on home soil next week as the Shannons Australian Motor Racing Nationals bring their second round to Mallala Motorsport Park.
Lukasz formed part of the inaugural Swift Series Drivers' Challenge in Queensland where the winner received a fully funded drive in the series for 2013, Mitchell was a runner up to the win, however it has instilled him with a wealth of confidence leading into his home event.
"I was happy with my performance at the Swift drivers' challenge, my abilities compared exceptionally to regulars from the category and others who had experience in National level categories, who have far more experience than myself," said Lukasz.
Mitchell has spent the last three years developing his skills as a driver in local South Australian hillclimbs competing in his Father's Nissan 200SX tarmac rally car. In that time, has achieved a number of strong results including; runner up at the 2011 State Hillclimb Championships and class winner at the 2011 Mt Alma Mile Hillclimb. "It's been an incredible experience so far competing in the Hillclimb events, it's given me the confidence to move forward towards my debut in the Swift Series knowing my abilities behind the wheel," Lukasz added.
In light of a lack of door to door racing experience, Mitchell is hopeful of a smooth transition to the circuit which has been a long time goal for the petroleum and mechanical engineering student.
"I was unsure what to expect racing side by side on the track before the Drivers' Challenge, however, having that experience has filled me with confidence for the first round and I'll be looking to impress with top five results across the weekend," Lukasz stated.
Mitchell has worked hard to secure funding from several local businesses including; IMS Event Medical, Joe Cool's Air conditioning, Taplin Real Estate, Southside Suzuki and The Aldgate Pump Hotel.
"I can't thank the businesses enough that have come on-board to support me in my quest to race at Mallala, my key goal now will be to secure a good result and seek a major sponsor to fund the remainder of the year," Lukasz concluded.
Round 1 of the Hi-Tec Oils Australian Swift Racing Series will be run in conjunction with the second round of the 2013 Shannons Australian Motor Racing Nationals at Mallala Motorsport Park from April 19-21.