Auto One to support Roylance bid for 2019 Australian title
2019 Penrite Australian Superboat Championships
22 March, 2019
On the eve of the opening round of the 2019 Penrite Australian V8 Superboats Championship, ‘Outlaw 67’ ‘top gun’ Justin Roylance revealed that he would carry new colours for the season ahead, the iconic red white and blue of a partner very close to the front running Group A driver’s heart – Auto One.
“We’ve been an Auto One dealer in Forbes for coming on six years, so we’re very closely associated with them as a company,” Roylance confirmed. “Support is vital in competing at this level, and to form a stronger association with a group who are very much like family, is fantastic.”
After a dramatic close to the 2018 Penrite season that saw Roylance at one stage ranked as #3 in the world, the team is approaching the 2019 championship with one aim – victory.
“We showed last year that we had the speed, but we were inconsistent during the six-round national championship, despite completing the season sixth in points, but we regrouped ahead of the World Series and made the podium at Keith in the opening leg to be ranked number three.
“Heading to the second event at Cabarita we were full of fire and ready to go but a technical failure set us back and we had to settle for eighth, but we showed we had the goods to do the job, so we’ve gone away in the off season and put some pretty solid foundations in place to achieve our goals this year.”
One of those foundations included the purchase of a new boat from New Zealand, a Jetspeed package that saw good success in the hands of Peter Huijs in New Zealand, but frustratingly for Roylance, a last minute delay in transportation saw the new hull arrive just as the team was on their way to the opening round in Keith, leaving Roylance to make other arrangements..
Despite the setback, those arrangements have seen the ‘Outlaw 67’ team take the reigns of the most successful Australian boat from the late-season UIM-sanctioned World Series, the current World#3 package of team-mates JRE Engines, a boat in which Roylance is quite familiar.
“JRE were instrumental in the setup of the mechanical package in my old hull, whilst also doing the tuning on the boat itself, and the JRE hull which Daniel James took to the World Series podium, is a sister hull of kinds to my boat, so it will more than do the job to kick off the new year.”
Roylance and navigator Michelle Hodge won’t be coming in entirely green though, a shakedown pre-season test at Temora recently giving Roylance the confidence he needs to attack on his return to Keith.
“My last two visits to Keith have seen podium finishes, so if I can keep that run going it will be valuable championship points for the year ahead of the debut of the new boat and engine package for Temora in early May.
“It’s an exciting time for the sport, and an exciting time for the ‘Outlaw 67’ team, and to have Auto One with us on this journey is the icing on the cake!”
You can follow the action from the opening round of the Penrite Australian V8 Superboats Championship online via; www.facebook.com/V8Superboats
Saturday, 23 March;
6:30am – Gates Open
8:30am – Practice begins
9:30am – Qualifying #1 (60-minutes)
10:30am – Qualifying #2 (60-minutes)
12:00pm – Qualifying #3 (60-minutes)
1:00pm – Qualifying #4 (60-minutes)
2:00pm – Pits Open to Public (50-minutes)
3:00pm – Top 12 Finals (50-minutes)
3:50pm – Top 6 Finals (40-minutes)
4:30pm – FINALS
2019 Penrite Australian V8 Superboat Championships
Rnd#1 – Spitwater Arena, Keith, SA – 23 March
Rnd#2 – Temora, NSW – 4 May (Colin Parish Memorial)
Rnd#3 – Tweed Coast, NSW – 15-16 June
Rnd#4 – Tweed Coast, NSW – 10-11 August
Rnd#5 – Griffith, NSW – 21 September
Rnd#6 – Temora, NSW – 19 October
Rnd#7 – Tweed Coast, NSW – 16-17 November [FINAL]
For more information on the 2019 Australian V8 Superboat Championships, please visit www.v8superboats.com.au
All images courtesy of Russell Puckeridge – Pureart Creative Images
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