Racing | Bailey's Brake & Clutch Ipswich
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Currently racing in Modified, Mike Bailey earned his stripes as a crew member and Super Gas racer for many years. Mike has been involved in drag racing for some time having been first introduced to the sport around 1990 by his mate Kev Schuurs.
Schuurs owned a blown Altered with Mark Brew - Bailey was Schuurs' Boss and before he knew it, he was bitten hard by the drag racing bug as a crew member.
He then spent time crewing in Top Alcohol, also with Brew and Adrian Pozzebon before moving on the combo of Brew and Bob Brackham.
After a break in the late 90's Bailey returned to racing when he met his wife through the family business and followd her back into drag racing when their kids went racing in Junior Dragster.
It wasn't long before the urge to get behind the wheel became too much and he finally jumped into the driver's seat in Super Street.
We bought the late Mark Evans A/Street Manhattan Monaro and ran in Super Street before, as usual, wanting to go faster, Mike Bailey exlplains. Thus followed Louis Galea G/Gas Gemini Coupe and my Super Gas career progressed into my current roadster.
Gaven Hansen and Craig Pitts of Wizard Race Products built the car and we could not be happier with it. They started the chassis in September 2007 and I performance tested it on the 19th January 2008.
 
 
It was built as a Super Gas car and on the first half-track performance pass it rolled through for a 9.902. This car was awarded the Best Engineered at the 2008 Winternationals.
It is widely known in Super Gas that the drivers have got to be sharp on the tree. I firmly believe that plays as big a role too and this car certainly is a fast reacting piece.
Following a switch from Super Gas, Bailey is now in Modified where he is enjoying his racing more than ever.
I always admired the intensity of Modified and also the fellowship, so much so the family business sponsored Modified at Willowbank Raceway for three years or so.
We've won a few local meets and have gone rounds occasionally, but the highlight to me was the Knijff Earthmoving ADRC rounds in 2015. Based on a round robin format, we were in with a big chance early, dropped off then won some and had Runner Ups. Kelly Kidd looked home , we cleaned her up, then her father, Phil Bellert got me and she finally was home - bloody good to see.
To me Modified is as hard technically as any bracket can be, the 2014 Winternationals was a good quarter final for uas as well. I have been fortunate during my career to have good, experienced mentors advising me; Danny Speers of JOH Engineering Ipswich, Colin Lloyd of Headsense Coopers Plains and Aaron Tremayne at Tremaniac Racing.
Bailey's next move may be to Group Two following the purchase of an SBX headed Small Block Chevrolet, built by the Tremayne's. But he isn't giving too much away just yet.
We are considering a move to Group Two, we'll wait and see how we go.
 
 
 
 
 
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