Sieders Racing has been crowned the 2014 Team's Championship winners for the Australian V8 Ute Racing Series - fuelled by Hog's Breath Cafe at the annual end of season presentation night on Sunday, 7th December 2014.
The multi-generational family-operated team from Yarramundi on the edge of the Blue Mountains was recognised for its season-long efforts in the highest averaged Series points for its entries, made up of four Fords and one Holden, and also picked up three other individual awards throughout the proceedings.
"It's a massive recognition for not only all the guys who work on the cars, but everyone else behind the scenes that have any type of involvement and allow us to go racing," said Team Owner Luke Sieders, "this is the fifth year in a row that we've had one of our cars finish in the top three of the Championship, and it's great to finally take home a Championship win".
"All the drivers have done a great job this year, I'm really proud of their efforts, and it's seen our regular drivers finish second [Dave Sieders], fourth [Rhys McNally], ninth [Andrew Fisher] and 13th [Jeremy Gray], with four pole positions, seven race wins 35 Top Five's and 32 Top Ten's between them."
Dave Sieders headed into the final round for the fifth time in his five seasons with a shot at the title, but was unable to get the luck he needed in his Qualify Me FG Ute to steal the top spot, taking home the trophy for Second Outright in the Armor All Drivers' Championship for the third time in four years.
"It's definitely getting quite frustrating to keep getting so close but never quite getting there," said Dave Sieders, "we consistently show that we have the quickest car on the track, but something has just gone against us at the wrong time each year... Kris [Walton] had better consistency all year and that's what's won him the title."
A true stalwart of the V8 Ute Category, Jesus Racing's Andrew Fisher this year he took home the 2014 Masters Award for the highest placed driver over the age of 45.
"Andrew is the reason we entered the V8 Ute Series, and we were able to help him get to third outright in the Drivers Championship in 2010," said Luke Sieders, "I know there's a few jokes thrown around with the Masters Award, but Andrew is still taking race wins and right in the mix of Championship contenders".
Sieders Racing Mechanic, Bradley Packham, was a dual recipient of the inaugural "Top Gun Award - for excellence in engineering", added to the list of awards this year in recognition of the countless hours and endless effort put into the race cars by the various crew members.
"I'm absolutely wrapped to receive this award," said Packham, "mechanics don't usually like to be in the spotlight but it's great to see the appreciation of our efforts being noticed.
There's two of us that prepare all of the Sieders' cars, and there are a lot of very long days, even longer nights, but when you see your cars getting top results, it actually pushes you harder and makes it all worthwhile."
The 2015 V8 Ute Series commences at the Clipsal 500 on the Adelaide Parklands Street Circuit from February 26-March 3, marking the category’s 15th appearance at the V8 Supercars season opener.