It’s been quite the journey for the Patriot Motorsport team over the years, and at the completion of the 2018-19 season, team owners Kat and Reg Corbett have decided that the time is right to take a well-earned break during next season in order to return to the track bigger and better than ever.
With Patriot Motorsport opting for a unique format in which they have no permanent drivers, instead contracting guest drivers to contest blue-ribbon events, the team has seen no less than eight different drivers pilot the NSW # 1 Border Paintless Dent Repair / All About Window Tinting supported FG Ford Falcon.
It’s at the hands of these talented racers that Patriot Motorsport has collected a host of impressive achievements throughout their campaign, with the 2016-17 season being one to remember.
Banking six feature-race wins, the team emerged victorious in the Street Stock 1000, the Bruce Riddiford Memorial and three other events with former National Street Stock Champion Mark Jennings behind the wheel. However, the success didn’t stop there. Making a cameo appearance during the coveted Queen of the Mountain event, current Australian RSA Street Stocker Champion Kiona Sunerton delivered a solid performance to earn top honours.
Once again filling the driver’s seat in the National Title, Jennings came away with a pleasing fourth-place result in the National Title at Kingaroy Speedway in Queensland, while Glenn Mitchell scored a runner-up result in the NSW Title.
Backing up this form the following season, the team picked up another six feature-race victories, with Sunerton’s brother John Lodge Jnr winning the annual Blue Lake Classic and new guest driver and 2017 National Street Stock Champion Rhys Heinrich clinching five wins from as many starts, the last of which was the annual Top Gun event at Mildura’s Timmis Speedway.
Off the back of 2011 National Production Sedan Champion Jacob Mills coming home in the runner-up spot during the 2017-18 season running of the NSW Title at Broken Hill Speedway, Patriot Motorsport reached new heights during the 2018-19 season, with Heinrich going one better to elevate the team to their NSW Champion status.
Asserting their dominance in multiple state titles throughout the season, the Albury, NSW-based team also earned second place in the Victorian Title at Timmis Speedway by virtue of a strong performance from Heinrich, while last month saw Brad McClure visit the podium following the NT Title at Darwin’s Northline Speedway, also coming home in second.
“The most satisfying thing for myself and Kat as car owners is that we’ve consistently been able to provide our drivers with a competitive car each season,” expressed Corbett, who has also offered drives to Mark Carlin, the late Brenton Mills (Jacob’s older brother) and Ross Nicastri in the past.
“The past few seasons have been especially successful for our team and we can’t thank each of drivers, our sponsors and everyone else who’s been involved in the Patriot team enough for all of their support and contributions.
“We’re looking forward to having a break throughout the next season, but by no means will be stepping away from the sport. We’re in the process of building another FG Ford Falcon which we hope will be equally as competitive and we’re aiming to come back bigger and better in the 2020-21 season.”
The Patriot Motorsport team would like to thank their 2018-19 season sponsors for their valued support:
Speedline Race Engines (Keith Hussey)
John Lodge Water Cartage
Border Paintless Dent Repair
The Shed Company
All About Window Tinting
Arnolds Fruit Market
Cellarbrations – Wodonga
LA Racing Lubricants
Kenco Racing Products
Pro1 Race Parts
Elite Shock Services (Daniel ‘Big D’ and Jake Drewett)
Nissan 4X4 Autospares
De Beer Automotive Paints
Morey Warnock Engine Reconditioning
Mark Miles Mechanical
Albury Auto Screens
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