With a victory at Alice Spring’s Desert Nationals at the weekend, Team Bray Racing’s Frankie Taylor has ensured his current Down Under tour has ended just as it started: with triumph.
In November of 2017 when he joined TBR to undertake his first race event in Australia, the Texan – formerly the world’s quickest and fastest blown Doorslammer driver over the quarter mile – took on and defeated now-champion Paul Mouhayet in Sydney.
Fast-forward to Taylor’s first visit to the Northern Territory this weekend, and ‘the Madman’ has taken victory in his Gulf Western Oil Top Dog Indestructible Corvette over Team Bray Racing team-mate Ben Bray by 15 thousandths of a second.
“What a brilliant weekend and what a great way to bring my current Down Under tour with Team Bray Racing to a close,” Taylor said.
“We were greeted by great sunny-yet-cold weather and a fantastic group of people both on and off the track who were committed to ensuring the Desert Nationals was a great event.
“The track conditions were a little tricky for us on day one for our first run. While Victor was able to make some good passes with an early shut-off both Ben and I got well out of shape as we pushed the limits in our runs with slippery conditions in the mid to top-end of the track.
“In round two all three of us – Victor, Ben and myself – took out wins which was just fantastic and set-up an all-TBR finale which went all the way down to the wire – what could be better than that?!
“I am so happy to have been able to close out this Aussie tour with a win for TBR, Gulf Western Oil and all of our sponsors and of course, our fans. Thank you to everyone for your support and I hope to come back sometime and see you all again soon!”
The results of the weekend saw a TBR trifecta, with Taylor the event winner ahead of Ben Bray (second) and Victor Bray (third).
“It has sure been a fantastic event at Alice Springs for all at TBR and what a great ending it has been for this chapter of Frankie’s Aussie story,” Victor said.
“As it always is, the Desert Nationals was a great event and I hope all of the fans had as much fun as we did.”
Following two great events in the Northern Territory, the Gulf Western Oil-supported Team Bray Racing will now return to its Brisbane base in Queensland before turning its attention to the Brisbane Jamboree. Ben will race his Gulf Western Oil-supported Toyota Solara at the Willowbank Raceway event across August 24 and 25.
“It has been such a great trip up north for all of us at TBR and I can’t thank everyone enough for the parts they played in what have been two great events,” Ben said.
“Now we look ahead to the Brisbane Jamboree, an absolutely awesome event at our home-track of Willowbank Raceway.
“The Jamboree is a hugely important event in the Sport Compact racing world and we have been working exceptionally hard on the Gulf Western Oil Toyota Solara so we can make a real push this August.”
For more information on the Brisbane Jamboree, visit www.jamboree.com.au