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Motchambers Column Greg Miskiewicz March 4

GETTING any financial backing these days is one really hard slog, and picking up a handsome naming sponsor as an amateur is akin to a minor miracle.

For Dianella’s Greg Miskiewicz the introduction of specialist brokerage firm Lend Me Finance as lead supporter for his fledgling Miska Motorsport is a massive boost for the team, and its quest of Aussie Racing Cars glory.

“Having a well-recognised Perth local brand on board this year has enabled us to prepare and participate at a very professional level, which will give us a competitive advantage for this year’s championship,” Miskiewicz said.

“We’ve been able to spend the past few months making updates and enhancements to the car, and our off-season test program has shown outstanding improvements in overall speed and handling.”

Sealing deals is rarely something done over a couple of beers on a balmy afternoon at the local pub.

Miskiewicz notes that his team and Lend Me have been in partnership talks since mid-last year, putting together what he firmly believes is among the best sponsorship packages in the ARC paddock for 2015.

Lend Me has a strong connection with the motorsport industry through its car finance division.Director Steve D’Costa said MM was “an outstanding outfit” to have represent their brand.

“We’re proud to support local talent in the community, and feel that this partnership will be a winning combination for the 2015 championship season.”

Aussie Racing competitors crossed the Tasman last month for the first round of the series Highlands Motorsport Park outside Queenstown, the spanking new facility recently completed by category owner Tony Quinn, of VIP Petfoods fame.

If you are a keen motorsport fan, you might care to check out the venue at Highlands.com.nz – it’s a pretty impressive layout, and is one of the newest in the world. And while online you might care to visit miskamotorsport.com and aussieracingcars.com.au.

Aussie Racers were on the card at the V8 Supercars round here last year but, because of the circuit rotation system involving some categories travelling with the circus, we will miss out when the Barbagallo SuperSprint gravy train rolls into Wanneroo May 1-3.

Powered by a 1.3-litre, 125 bhp, twin cam, 16-valve sealed engine weighing only 595kg, the pocket rockets have an extraordinary power-to-weight ratio which pushes the speedo beyond 230km/h.

Constructed on a purpose-built space frame chassis, the cars sport one of ten composite panel designs, all about half the size of their full-sized counterparts but mechanically identical.

“It’s not the cheapest thing to do in your spare time but it’s all worth it,” Miskiewicz, the 42-year-old owner of Auto One Jandakot, said. “But my three kids reckon they all want to race as soon as they can so help their dad with the ARC 2012 Toyota Aurion – when it’s home.”

He thought he was too old for Formula Ford and Karts, a cheaper option, but he was set on racing on the tracks he grew up watching on TV.

“ARC was the most exciting and cost effective way of doing it. I liked the cars and the idea of doing all the work myself, and I get to support the V8s too so that’s a bonus, although it does make racing more expensive.”

The Aurion has a sequential 5-speed box, locked diff, 4-wheel discs, coil-over suspension, 4-link rear and double wishbone front, point harness, Race-Pac digital dash, Cobra seat, integral chassis and roll cage, and runs on the Yokohama control tyres. With new boots for every round.

Miskiewicz bought the rig second hand and replaced pretty much everything, giving him a great understanding of how they work.

“They are very easy to work on, but can be a bit tight for my 6’1’’ frame to get into sometimes,” he said, with his plan to finish top 10, and higher in the rookie championship.

“It’s ambitious but I’ve got some great support sponsorship this year through Auto One, Halo Communications, Discon, K & W Panel Beaters and Panda Design.”

His next outing is supporting the V8 Supercars Tyrepower Tasmania Super Sprint, 27-29 March 27-29 at the 2.41km Symmons Plains circuit south of Launceston.