TargaRacing has linked with Nightingale Motorsport for Bathurst’s Terry Nightingale to join TargaRacing’s team principal Chris Gough in a Mazda MX-5 NC.
The 25 year old Nightingale who is course commentator at Wakefield Park and Winton Raceway as well as a driver coach with V8 Race Experience and at Wakefield Park with their fleet of AUSCARS, is excited about the drive as his first preference in racing is in the very popular enduros.
I was wrapped to get the call-up from Chris (Gough) for I really enjoy this type of racing, and on top of that TargaRacing have been getting some first class results and Chris is a good bloke and very good driver,” Nightingale said.
Nightingale has always shown above average ability from his years as a Bathurst Light Car Club junior competing in their events, and then as he did his first circuit race meetings in a HQ Holden, but he never quite had the funding to proceed any further, but was lucky enough to pick up the odd drive.
His first enduro was in the 2009 Wakefield 300 driving a Chris Clearihan Future Racer with Wagga’s Hayden Pullen as co-driver, and he opened eyes when he qualified fourth, and then after being second fastest in the warm up was running well in the race near the leading bunch, but in Pullen’s stint the engine failed.
He was back the following year with another of Clearihan Braddon Auto Future Racers, but it was not a happy week when many problems beset the team, and it was run in torrential rain but they still did a great job to finish the race.
The upcoming Modern Sports Car enduro at Wakefield Park won’t be his first drive in a Mazda MX5, but it will be his first in an NC. He drove a Tampered Motorsport MX5 NA in the 2011 Winton 300 and finished third in class, while last year drove with Adam Ronke in an NB and finished 11th outright.
TargaRacing principal Gough said…
“We’re excited to have Terry drive with us. I’ve been hoping to get him into one of our cars for a while now, so when Modern Sports Cars was announced I called him straight away. I’m looking forward to see how he gets on in one of our TargaRacing NC MX5’s – it should be a bit different to his big Falcon,”
The Modern Sports Cars opener will feature two 1 hour races, one Saturday the second on Sunday.