• Peter Vodanovich


What a rollercoaster! The CMC Markets and MacClures ITM Toyota 86 has had an abundance of action this season. The team has worked diligently, moving from 16th overall after suffering a DNF and in turn a severely damaged car in Round 1, to 4th overall in an extremely close and competitive championship. We have had our share of bad luck but also a great amount of success, gaining a pole position at Pukekohe, an overall round, overall rookie and feature race win at Highlands Motorsport Park as well as multiple other podiums throughout. Both my successes and perseverance through low points of the championship has to be accredited to the Elite Motorsport Academy. Their post-camp Improved Performance Programme has proved vital in my development as a driver and ambassador. I am working with a great variety of mentors. This ranges from my Athlete Life coach Jenny May who has helped me into the High Performance Sports Programme at the University of Auckland where

I will be studying engineering, to my nutritionist Gavin Clearkin, an area where I too have been making great progress. My networking skills have also significantly improved thanks to the help of Nicky Felton and David Turner. There are many other mentors supporting my

racing that also deserve recognition such as Alastair Wooten from Formula Fit, and Ian Lambie my Mental Coach. I am excited to take the incredible array of knowledge I have attained from the academy and this past season over the ditch to Australia, where I will be racing in the Australian Toyota 86 Series. It has been an amazing journey since moving out of the simulator only two years ago, and I can take pride in saying that the Elite Motorsport Academy continues to play a significant role in my development and success.

Bring on 2019!

Cheers, Peter Vodanovich