A big name in Motorsport visits the RCCA

Our last Renault Car Club meeting (Monday 7th March) was really interesting for those with a passion for Renaults and Racing.

Seasoned racer Colin Osborne  brought his Megane 265 race car along and told us all about his current exploits in the Australian Production Car Championship.

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The Meganes (he runs 2 cars) have been purpose-built for circuit racing, whilst retaining much of the trim and equipment features as required by the rules of this championship.

The cars sport highly modified suspension, fuel system, exhaust, a full suite of safety equipment and a couple of engine tweaks to make them go faster! Plus of course a really flash paint job befitting a top level race car!

Colin Explained that both cars are exactly identical allowing the team to gather race data from one car and then apply directly to the other.  Makes sense and of course we got a ‘guided tour’ of the Megane.

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Colin also had a long illustrious career with Toyota , more recently with Mazda but now the team are running the Meganes which he has a high appreciation of its poise and handling.

 So Colin is no newcomer to the sport, having competed in various categories since the 1980’s with class and series wins in the Aust Production Car Championship, the Bathurst 12 Hour and 24 Hour and, wait for it, 6 appearances at the Nurburgring 24 hour endurance race! And all this following modest beginnings in 1989 as the NSW Supersprint Champion.

Colin has also been deeply involved in the administration of our sport in Australia, serving in various capacities at CAMS culminating in his role as President and Chairman of CAMS Ltd between 2000 and 2008.

Thanks to Ted Merewether for organising this fabulous session with Colin and his mighty machine.
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