Robbie Farr and the East Coast Pipeline Racing team are looking towards achieving a fun and successful season this summer as they compete across Australia.
On the road once again is crew chief Nick Speed and Sean Grealy who worked so well together last season, achieving fantastic results with Farr, one of Australia’s most talented drivers.
During the off season the ECP team were very busy preparing for the upcoming Australian season. To assist with preparation, the ECP team headed over to the West Coast of America to compete against the world’s best.
Once back on Australian soil, it was time to put into place what they had learnt and last weekend at Brisbane International Speedway, they showed they had learnt plenty by winning the feature race. Robbie and the ECP team put in a dominate performance on the opening night of their Australian campaign.
Winter is here and it signals the end of the 2007/2008 season for the East Coast Pipeline Team. With the support of team owner Barry Waldron, crew chief Nick Speed, Sean Grealy and driver Robbie Farr came together to form East Coast Pipeline Racing in early 2007.
It has been an incredibly successful year for a new team enjoying their first year out on the road. The East Coast Pipeline team raced at 46 meetings this year and had an amazing 21 top 3 finishes.
Speaking to Robbie this week, he still cannot believe the year the team has had. “Having worked with Nick previously, it was always going to be a little easier to gel and get things happening the way we wanted it to. To be honest, I knew it would be an enjoyable season but it was great that we got the consistent results we did for all our sponsors and the fans across Australia”.
The highlight of the year for the team was winning the final night of the East Coast Pipeline Outlaws Down Under V event at Tyrepower Parramatta City Raceway. “To win the event whilst competing against arguably the best sprintcar drivers in the world is definitely an achievement for us” said Farr.
Over the last three weeks the EastCoast Pipeline Team has been unstoppable when they enter the Speedway's right across this big brown land of ours.
The first win came at Bunbury for "The Krikke Boys" race (5 wins for Farr), then off to Perth's Motorplex for the "Nanovich King of Wings" (4 wins) and then last weekend in Adelaide for the postponed "Sprintcar Masters"(2 wins).
"Going back to Western Australia is always a highlight for the travelling ECP Team and this time was no exception. It was just great to race and win both events the way we did." commented crew chief Nick Speed.
Not only does the ECP Team have fun on the track, they have a lot of fun off the track with the other teams. On one of the nights off several of the teams were enjoying the good weather in Perth and decided to have some hair cuts and raised $3000 for "CHARITY". Keep an eye on teams over the next couple of weeks to see who has a shaved head?
At the start of the season Eastcoast Pipeline Racing looked at certain races they wanted to win and one of those was The Krikke Boys Memorial race.
Driver Robbie Farr has won the race four times previously and wanted to make it number five. The Eastcoast Pipeline team wanted to win this race due to it having so much raw emotion about it.
“Saturday night was the way to start a two day show with us winning the feature” Farr explained.
Going into Sunday’s final night of racing the team were up and about nice and early getting prepared to try and claim the trophy in memory of Daryl & Jason Krikke. Speaking to Robbie at lunch on Sunday he was quietly confident. “We had a nice car in the feature on night one but there is still plenty of room to make the car quicker. To tell you the truth this race means so much to me personally due to having driven for the Krikke Family Motorsports Team. They treat me like family and to be able to say that I have won it five times and to win it for the ECP Team would be huge.”
What a weekend for the EastCoast Pipeline Team at Tyrepower Parramatta City Raceway (TPCR) for the running of the EastCoast Pipeline Outlaws Down Under V event.
On the opening night Robbie Farr and the team were happy to time in fourth quick in time trials. “With it being such an important event it is always great to start off the weekend with a good time to give you the chance to transfer from your heat race, which we did” Farr explained.
Come feature time Farr held onto third position till half race distance then he was passed by some of America’s best and ended the race in sixth position but was the first Australian home.
Due to bad weather in Sydney both Friday & Saturday nights racing was cancelled.
On behalf of Eastcoast Pipline Racing we hope that everyone had a safe Christmas and an enjoyable New Year.
Robbie Farr and the team arrived into Adelaide on Boxing Day ready to tackle Speedweek - the most gruelling five nights of racing over seven days.
Round one of Speedweek of Wanless World Series Sprintcars proved to be a great way to start these hectic days ahead. With a bumper crowd in the house Robbie put the Eastcoast Pipeline J&J into 3rd position in the A-Main.
The team then moved to Murray Bridge the following day to contest Round two of Speedweek and the night started off just the way you would want it to by setting quick time.
“It is always great to set quick time but you still have a lot of work to do before the night is over” Farr said minutes after setting the track alight.