V8 SUPERCAR/DRAG RACING
The team at Simon’s Earthworks, Simon and Georgia Emerzidis, when on their own time, swap one piece of machinery for another. But rather than digging up the ground, they prefer to tear up the race track: Simon and Georgia have a passion for, and love racing high performance cars.
“We are huge fans of the V8 Supercar and Formula 1 racing, and decided to build our own V8 Supercar team and take part in Australia’s premier motor sport,” explains Simon. “It was our dream to one day own and drive a race car; so we took our first step, and purchased our first V8 Supercar.
“That car was an ex HRT Holden race car (VR Commodore), missing gear box, brake and fuel system, and requiring an excessive amount of time fixing and preparing it in order to be race ready. Challenge accepted! When ready, it was time for Simon and Georgia to take their second step and enter the V8 Supercar Series. It was the fulfilment of a dream and yet the pair were only just getting started.
“We kept that first car for two years and then purchased Glen Seton’s Falcon – the V8 car in which he won the 1997 Championship – in 1998, and from then on we’ve never looked back,” Georgia explains. “Simon raced in the V8 Privateers (Self Funded Team) and went on to finish 2nd in one race and 3rd in another, out-performing and finishing ahead of more qualified and fancied opponents.”
Simon competed in all the major races in Australia, including the Bathurst 1000 and Adelaide 500. He has also raced at both the Indy Grand Prix and Formula 1 (with the V8’s). Indeed, it was at the Indy Grand Prix where Simon earned his nickname, “The Burnout King”; performing a burnout the length of the Indy straight post-race. “His trademark was always to do burnouts in every race. He loved to entertain the crowd and although the officials did not allow it, there was no stopping him,” Georgia boasts.
Simon and Georgia were also the first self-funded team (including Level 1 Teams) to own two race cars in the V8 Supercar category, and with two different makes of car – Holden and Ford. Both cars would race on the same day with the same team and colours.
Simon and Georgia are understandably proud of their achievements (including their family, successful business and Drag Racing, Go-Karting and V8 pursuits) and encourage everyone to follow their passions, both believing that dreams do come true. “And don’t ever let anyone tell you any different, and never say I can’t do it,” says Simon.
Team Owners – Simon’s Earthworks – Simon and Georgia Emerzidis
Team Manager – Georgia Emerzidis
Team Driver – Simon Emerzidis
Saturday 16th August 2014
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