Bai­ley suits up for SsangYong ute sea­son

Motor Equipment News - - MOTORSPORT -

Kart and car ace Ryan Bai­ley has suit­ing up for a full as­sault on this sea­son’s SsangYong Ac­tyon Sport Ute rac­ing se­ries which kicked off at the big ITM Su­perSprint meet­ing at Pukekohe Park Race­way in Novem­ber.

The pop­u­lar one-make cat­e­gory at­tracted a nearca­pac­ity (28) grid for the open­ing se­ries round with Auck­land-based Palmer­ston North driver Bai­ley driv­ing the #39 Fli­way ute with sup­port from lead­ing New Zealand freight for­ward­ing and lo­gis­tics com­pany Fli­way Trans­port.

The 27-year-old’s last full car cam­paign was in the New Zealand MINI Chal­lenge where he was a race win­ner and fin­ished se­cond in the se­ries’ points stand­ings.

Like many at­tracted to the SsangYong ute se­ries he has done most of his rac­ing in karts, win­ning two New Zealand ti­tles, and three North Is­land ones over a ca­reer span­ning 20 years.

Join­ing Bai­ley on the SsangYong se­ries grid at the open­ing round were fel­low kart champs Daniel Con­nor, Caine Lobb and Cal­lum Hedge, vet­eran Kiwi racer Kirk Stone­man, and re­cent Su­percheap Bathurst 1000 km race co-win­ner, Aus­tralian Paul Mor­ris.

Lobb ended up win­ning the round from Con­nor and Rowan Shep­herd with Bai­ley play­ing catchup on Sun­day after a crash and dnf on Satur­day.

Bai­ley’s #39 SsangYong Ac­tyon ute is spon­sored by Fli­way Trans­port and his 2016/17 se­ries cam­paign has the sup­port of Manawatu SsangYong and LDV Su­per­site, AAA Au­to­mo­tive from Pukekohe, and Cen­tral Tow­ing, Sal’s Pizza and BOC Gases, Speedy Signs Manukau City, Pa­cific Safety and Ap­parel So­lu­tions and Turin Panel and Paint Auck­land.

Ryan Bai­ley with the #39 Fli­way ute he will race this sea­son in the SsangYong Ac­tyon Sport Ute Rac­ing Series. Photo credit: Kerri-lee Miller.

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