Merewether motorsport ace Cody McKay is confident of lighting up the track in 2021.
While the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis has played havoc with most sports throughout the world over the past 10 months, the Aussie Racing Cars (ARC) season will speed into action again at Bathurst from 26 to 28 February.
The ARC calendar, which starts at the scenic Mount Panorama circuit, also takes in the biggest events in Australia, alongside the V8 Supercars and Motorsport Australia Nationals, at venues in Tasmania, Sydney, Sandown and the Gold Coast to name a few.
And, McKay can’t wait to showcase his skills behind the wheel after a challenging period for the proud Novocastrian.
“We’ve been very busy getting the car ready,” he said.
“The most difficult thing about COVID-19 affecting our season was going from a full national calendar down to a complete shutdown of the sport.
“However, being a major pandemic, everyone was very understanding.
“So, this gave us a chance to carry out some much-needed maintenance, with a full rebuild of our car.
“Even though the ARC series was abandoned in the long run, and I couldn’t keep my practice up, we were able to secure drives with crews in other racing categories, which helped a lot once the lockdown restrictions relaxed.”
Despite the obvious setbacks, McKay admitted there were many positives to come out of the year, too.
“With our downtime, we (my partner and pit-boss Aly and I) focused on growing our fan base,” he said.
“Our Facebook page now boasts more than 30,000 followers.
“We engineered a few aspects of the car as well, as we didn’t have time to do it in between races.
“We also made numerous connections with other categories and crews to expand our racing knowledge for next season.
“So, I’m smiling because we’re back.
“2021 looks set to be an exciting year for the Cody McKay Motorsports team.
“We have a clear goal to run consistently in the top ten of the field.
“We’re keen to take in any extra data, too, to push our way up to the podium.”
The first hurdle to cross, however, is Mount Panorama.
“We’re positive [about what our results will be] heading to Bathurst,” McKay said.
“But, we see it as a good learning curve at the same time.
“Bathurst is a scary and daunting track with one wrong move potentially costing your life.
“So, we’ll be electing to play the smart and collective card to keep the car as straight as possible.
“I’d like to thank all our fans and sponsors for sticking by us in the pandemic.
“It has been difficult for everyone but we have all pulled through.”
2021 Aussie Racing Cars season
- Round 1 (26-28 February): Mount Panorama Circuit
- Round 2 (10-11 April): Tasmania Super Sprint
- Round 3 (1-2 May): Sydney Motorsport Park
- Round 4: TBA
- Round 5 (25-27 June): Morgan Park Raceway
- Round 6 (10-12 September): Sandown International Motor Raceway
- Round 7 (3-5 December): Gold Coast 600