Team Jordan, (aka Mini-me's) took out the first annual Extreme VXA Australian Championship in a thrilling display of motoring prowess.
The stage was set for the Exabyte-sponsored challenge. Eleven of Australia's fastest channel drivers descended on the Wakefield Park circuit in the NSW regional town of Goulburn last week.
It was a perfectly crisp winter's morning when the drivers stepped out to compete in what most described as the most important race of their careers.
Team Marlboro (aka Fat Bastards) looked impressive early while Team Jordan's drivers failed to get the start they wanted with several drivers spinning off the track. Team Jordan attributed the lack of traction to gear-box problems, but after the qualifying rounds its drivers set a blistering pace around the 2.2km track.
Team Marlboro clawed back into contention thanks largely to the daring display of team captain Richard Giddey, regional manager Australia/New Zealand of Exabyte. Giddey set the fastest lap time of the day at 67.4 seconds.
The day heralded the launch of Exabyte's new VXA tape drives and media. Branded the extreme in tape media because it can withstand freezing and boiling temperatures without loss of data, the VXA range was acquired by Exabyte last year when the company purchased VXA manufacturer Ecrix.
Team Jordan consisted of Jalin Anderson (Exabyte, top right), Jeff Raffils (Datastor NZ), Helen Rivett (ACA Pacific, top), Richard Noone (ARN), Gerrard Kennedy (Datastor NZ), and Tim Rae (Secure Data). Team Marlboro comprised Richard Giddey (Exabyte), Terry Lines (Hitachi Data Systems, middle right) David Ferrett (American Express), Tim Smith (Hitachi Data Systems, above left), and Jason Hurst (Datastor Australia, above).