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Mifsud Backs up Stella Rookie Season
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Saturday, 05 January 2019
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Source: Toby Cooper
Photographer: Craig Houston Photography

Rightfoot Racing’s 17 year old driver Brayden Mifsud has followed up a terrific debut season by once again rivalling Queensland’s most seasoned competitors. 2018 has been massive for the Mackay based team; 19 events in total including the iconic Finke Desert Race and Goondiwindi 400, accumulating into two class championships.

Campaigning their Polaris RZR 1000 #6626 SXS Sport machine and the team’s newly acquired SXS Turbo Can Am Maverick #626, the season got underway at the Calboolture 100. Kicking off the AORRA Queensland Short course series in style, Mifsud made light work of the exciting Calboolture circuit, crossing in 10th outright and a class win thanks to Brett Comiskey for the shock tuning and the guys at Eastcoast Powersports for the running repairs.

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With the goal remaining to ‘be fast but finish’, Mifsud and his supportive team set off for the Federal 100 in April, where slippery muddy conditions greeted a strong field. Despite a track change catching out Mifsud early on Sunday resulting in a rollover, the team managed to return to the scene thanks to Michael Marson welding up the damage and took home a third in class and first in the new QORRA Junior Championship. With the AORRA Queensland Championship underway, Rightfoot Racing immediately turned their attention to the opening North Queensland Super Series round the following weekend.

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Charters Towers for the Gold City Challenge was a blast for the team; another class win despite a crook rear wheel bearing which made for a nervous finish. Round 2 of the AORRA Queensland Championship was next at Burdekin; after a superb opening day Mifsud sat in sixth outright. Unfortunately the rough track took its toll on the Polaris, a broken rear radius joint on lap 2 bent the shock, ripping out the axle and putting pay to their weekend. With Finke preparations on the Polaris well in sync courtesy of John Lovett and all his hard work, Mifsud and crew set sail for Carnage Park at Sarina for one of their favourite events of the year with the Can Am in tow. In spite of a broken arm on Sunday’s final lap, Mifsud still managed to take home first place over the 3 hour Enduro format; another smashing result.

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As a solid opening half to the season came to a close, it shifted all the focus to the teams much anticipated maiden Finke Desert Race. Once the team arrived in Alice Springs, a quick change to the Polaris set up after a track walk, the street party and scrutineering it was all starting to get real. Mifsud fired his way to fifth place in Saturday’s prologue dash out of a strong 18 SXS Sport field, after a flawless run. In the youngster’s first crack at the treacherous 220km sprint through the famous whoops, Mifsud made the trek to Finke successfully; crossing 72nd outright in the 130 car field and ninth in class – with lots in the tank, confidence was high of a quicker run back. After the overnight stop in Finke, Mifsud stormed back to Alice on Monday 11 minutes quicker – catapulting the first timer into 54th outright and seventh in class, a great catalyst for next year’s event.

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With no rest for the wicked, Rightfoot Racing jumped straight back into action after a quick turnaround from Finke at the Markwell Demolition 120, for Round 2 of the North Queensland Super Series. The team entered both SXS machines ensuring a busy weekend was on the cards, Mifsud performed flawlessly in the Turbo Can Am taking home a second outright and second in class, whilst a fuel pump failure on the second last lap put end to the SXS Sport campaign after leading all weekend.

Mifsud continued his frantic 2018 season at Land Cruiser Park in early July, Round 3 of the AORRA Queensland Championship was a success with a SXS Sport class win and sixth outright. Another incredible result for the team, considering the last minute engine rebuild by Luke and Stevo at East Coast Powersports. In between his off road endeavours Mifsud managed to sneak in a third outright in his Can am at the CQ Short Course Round in Benaraby in muddy conditions, keeping his competitive juices flowing!

The brutal Goondiwindi 400, Round 4 of the QLD AORRA Championship followed in August. Prologuing second in class with Tara Czislowski in the navigators seat, it was to be a testing, dusty weekend. A solid opening day saw Mifsud sit 4 minutes clear in the SXS Sport class and 28th outright though with a demanding 320kms of melon holes remaining on Sunday, it had only just begun. After a clean opening two laps, Mifsud remained in the lead. Although an electrical issue traced to a collapsed isolator cutting all power steering required an on track repair, Mifsud steadied and managed to finish second in class and 19th outright at the infamous event, plus took home a first in class for the Queensland Championship.

Mifsud overcame a disappointing result at the second Federal 100 in style at the Gold City 126 in Charters Towers for Round 2 of the CAMS Queensland Championship. The weekend started with a bang, winning the Top 10 shootout and despite holding the class lead and second outright, a broken belt halted their run leaving them third in the SXS Turbo class, a promising weekend for the team with Mifsuds times rapidly improving.

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Up next was the AORRA Queensland Short course finale held in Mackay where the team once again fielded two UTVs. Mifsud prologued the Can-Am second outright and the Polaris in ninth, setting up for a big weekend. From where Mifsud finished Saturday afternoon second in class and fourth outright in the Can-Am, and first in class and ninth outright in the Polaris – it would be where he finished the seven heat weekend – a tremendous ending to the short course season.

Before the season was over Mifsud headed north to the final round of the CAMS Queensland Championship and the North Queensland Super Series at the end of October, securing a result that capped off a splendid 2018. Mifsud entered the Retreat 300 with the credentials of an outright victory, after prologuing in second Mifsud held down his spot in the order until an intake manifold issue caused a loss of power. Repaired overnight by super navigator John Lovett, Mifsud returned to the scene, clawing their way to a very respectable third outright in an all Can-Am podium.

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More heads were shaken in disbelief at the consistency, speed and improvements made by Mifsud in 2018 and his results speak for themselves. Rightfoot Racing picked up first in the Class 66 for the AORRA Queensland Offroad, Short Course, and Junior Championships, second outright in the Short Course series, plus third outright and third in the SXS Turbo class for the CAMS Queensland Championship – a huge year for the team which also included the massive Finke and Gundy adventures.

After a massive 2018 Rightfoot Racing will have a little break before prepping the buggies for 2019, where the team will look to concentrate on the local North Queensland rounds plus the Goondiwindi 400. With a major upgrade in play for the Can-Am from the narrow XDS to the wider XRS the team are currently on the search for sponsorship opportunities. So if you would like to become involved do not hesitate to contact Michael Mifsud, team owner for further enquiries – this is a young race team going places!

Mifsud and crew couldn’t have done 2018 without the help and support of East Coast Powersports , Comiskey Mining Services , Eagle Powersports, Full Tilt Transport, Phoenix Powersports and of course Mum and Dad who are the backbone of the team, prepping the UTV’s and being there at every event .

Rightfoot Racing would like to thank everyone for their support along the way and wish all a Merry Xmas and a prosperous New Year. See you all on track in 2019.