NOOSA rookie racer Jack Sipp has had completed an impressively solid Australian Kumho Tyre V8 Touring Car Series, finishing eighth overall.
Sipp completed at all five rounds of the championship including Sandown Raceway, Winton Motor Raceway, Queensland Raceway, Philip Island Grand Prix Circuit and the finally at Sydney Motor Sport Park driving the Ex Paul Morris Motorsport 640 HP Holden V8 Supercar.
The last round at Sydney was part of the Muscle Car Masters Heritage weekend with many legends of the sport and their famous cars taking part.
Sipp's series final weekend started tough being relegated to rear of grid after a pit lane penalty for the team working on his car during qualifying. Race 1 he started 18th and finished 10th a great drive through the field giving him a good starting position for Race 2 were he managed to fight from 10th to sixth with one of his best starts and drives of the season also setting some very competitive lap times.
Sipp said this race felt like a win coming off two challenging rounds with fuel injector issues causing him to be down on power hindering his results. Jack finished race 3 eighth after starting eighth, dropping back at the start then fighting his way back through the field again.
This gritty drive for the weekend earned him the Kumho Tyre Series hard charger trophy.
Overall Sipp finished fifth in PRO Class, a division for professional teams, a good result for his for the year after enduring engine issues and driving three different V8 Supercars.
He also managed to complete every race, qualifying and test day wet and dry without any major damage a good record.
"I've now raced at all the tracks on the calendar and I'm really looking forward letting loose from first practice instead of learning new tracks which has been the case in all events in 2016, except for Queensland Raceway my home track,” he said.
"I feel really excited about next year and the chance of having a real crack at the championship and furthering his career.”
He is currently working on renewing sponsorship deals for next year.
His sponsors are Unichip Dynomotive, Loco Energy Drink, Insurance Champions, Fitia Noosa, SCG Consulting Engineers, Noosa Radiators, BOQ Noosaville, Allan Blair Auto, Madill Holden, HSV and his valued private supporters. Team owner Matt Stone, who is based at Yatala, said Jack has done a great job in his rookie year. Sipp this week was invited by Matt to test the Auto 1 current Dunlop Development Series V8 Supercar at Queensland Raceway.
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