Ranger to Race at the 2021 Bathurst 6 Hour.
Ranger Lifting, the NSW-based lifting and rigging company, have entered a strong team to compete in this year’s Hi-Tec Oils Bathurst 6 Hour. After being cancelled altogether in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Australian Racing Group-run production car enduro is back this year and will be held over the Easter long weekend, 2-4 April 2021.
DRIVERS: AARON MCGILL & MICHAEL CAINE
Piloting the Falcon GT, the last production GT built for motorsport in Australia, will be experienced drivers, Aaron McGill and Mick Caine. Both are fierce competitors with years of racing expertise. Aaron is the record holder of the most starts in the Dunlop Super 2 V8 supercars as well as a regular in the Touring Car Masters, also driving a Falcon. He is joined by Mick Caine who is a veteran of 12-hour sport car races in Australia and this will be his 3nd 6-hour event.
The team have undergone intense preparation over the past 6 months with the goal of winning their class, which would place them in the top 10 of a 64-car field. Aiming to take a long game approach to the race, reliability has been the focus over outright speed. McGill explains “we simply have three targets, firstly to finish, secondly to focus on our class and finally, if we are ticking those boxes, we will look to where we are in the outright dash in the final run to the flag”. Whilst the Falcon GT is one of the heaviest cars in the field it also boasts one of the most powerful engines and McGill believes “it will take a few laps to teach this old dog those new tricks”.
McGill and Caine are backed my longtime friend and sponsor, Steve Thacker, Managing Director of Ranger. “I’m excited at the prospect of being involved in the resurgence of class and production racing at Mount Panorama. It’ll be racing like it used to be” he said. Several of Ranger’s industry partners including Blacksnake, Skylotec and Agility Financial Services also feature on the Falcon GT racecar.
This event echoes what Bathurst truly represents, “big powerful fast cars, mixing with smaller cars all fighting their own class battles, all the while at the mercy of the mountain.”