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December 17, 2018

To start the story of this season we have to rewind back to April 2017. I came over to work for DPO as they built their Ford Focus RS Mk3 to defend the Bathurst 6hr crown, which we came painfully close to doing with a brand new, previously un-raced car. The following week was the Supercars round at Phillip Island... so naturally the plan was to go down, scout around and check out some of the series on offer in support as I looked for my next driver move - namely the Toyota 86 Racing Series.

On the Monday as I was making plans to head down from Sydney, it turned out a cousin of Gerry's (the relative I'd been staying with) was a crew chief on one of the cars, so it made sense to set up a time to come and meet and chat T86RS. It was during that phone call I was told they weren't going as the driver (Kane Baxter-Smith's) wife had just gone into labour - prompting the question, "so you need a driver?"

What followed was not just a frantic series of calls to arrange licence visas, insurance...

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