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Quest For Micra Cup

$10,045 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 29 people in 14 months
After representing Australia at the 2016 Nissan GT Academy International Final in the UK, my goal for 2017 was to race in a competitive series with the potential of using it as a stepping stone to the ultimate goal, racing professionally.


*WATCH all the 2016 Nissan GT Academy Episodes HERE

Racing in Australia was the obvious choice but there was a problem. I simply didn't have the money to race in a competivie national category in Australia.

With time running out to find a drive in 2017, I decided to act on some advice given to me after GT Academy and booked a flight to Canada.

Armed with nothing but a dream and about $30000 of my own personal savings, I travelled halfway around the world to a country I'd never been to, a region where I didn't speak their main language (French), bought myself a race car and entered the 2017 Nissan Micra Cup.

- Read my blog about the decision to travel to Canada HERE
- Read my blog about why I chose the Micra Cup HERE

My Results


Photo Credit: Nissan Micra Cup Facebook Page

Best Race Finish: 3rd
Championship Position: 7th

With a 3rd place finish on debut and 5 top 6 finishes from 8 races so far, I am currently 7th overall in the championship and the highest placed first year driver. I've been able to acheive these results even though I've had to make some sacrifices that directly effect car performance over the past 2 rounds.

You see, due to a lack of budget I have only used 2 sets of tyres this year while all other drivers have used 4 sets (one set per round). This has made it more difficult to be fast, especially in qualifying,  but I've still been able to race within the top 10 in all races.

Doing whatever it takes to race


My fancy racecar driver accommodation between rounds 3 & 4!

Between races I've also been doing everything I can to save money and direct as much money as possible into my racing budget. By relying on free accomodation with friends (even if it means sleeping on the floor) and living off the bare essentials when it comes to food I've been able to stretch my budget a little further. I'm also trying to sell my car in Australia to help me continue to race this year, but for now I've now come as far as my personal savings can get me.

I'm asking for your help to race the final 2 rounds of the season as I aim for more podium finishes and secure a top 5 finish in the championship!

Remaining Rounds

Round 5: Chevrolet Silverado 250
Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, Ontario
*Supporting NASCAR Camping World Truck Series

Round 6: Fall Classic
Circuit Mont-Tremblant, Quebec

All Donations Welcome

All donations will go directly to my racing budget and help me get one step closer to my goal of racing in the final 2 rounds of the season.

*For any donation of $250 or more you can choose to have a personal message, image or logo displayed on my car so contact me for more details! 



Sponsorship

If you would like to join me as an official sponsor there is plenty of advertising space available on the car plus a host of additional benefits including:

- Brand exposure at the ONLY major NASCAR Race in Canada (Round 5)
- TV coverage on Canadian TV (+15 million viewers last year)
- Worldwide exposure through Nissan Canada
- Inclusion in all my social media posts plus unique content on my website
- My attendance at any events before or during the weekend

Sponsorship packages start from $250 and will be personalised to maximise exposure for your brand or business. If you are interested please contact me directly by email at keishi.ayukai@gmail.com.



Fundraising Goals


GOAL #1 = $4000 (deadline 28 August)
This would be enough to cover the costs of the entry fee for Round 5, 2 new tyres, transport of the car to and from the event and essential maintenance required to race.

GOAL #2 = $4600 (deadline 28 August)
This would be enough to cover all the costs as described above, but allow me to race with 4 new tyres just like all the other competitors.

GOAL #3 = $6000 (deadline 18 September)
This would be the MINIMUM required to finish the season (not including unforseen costs from damage or component failures).

GOAL #4 = $8000 (deadline 18 September)
This would allow me to race both rounds with 4 new tyres and conduct all essential performance based maintenance (not including unforseen costs from damage or component failures).

GOAL #5 = $10000+
This would allow me to finish the season and repair the damage my car has endured during the season. I've been racing it with damaged doors and panels due to a lack of funds, but this would allow me to replace parts that are beyond repair.



Thank you in advance for showing your support and helping me continue to chase my dreams. Every donation goes directly to my racing budget and I will be forever grateful for your support!

For all the latest news and updates:

Website: www.keishiayukai.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/keishiayukai
Instagram: www.instagram.com/keishiayukai
Twitter: www.twitter.com/keishiayukai
YouTube:  www.youtube.com/user/Kshhh57
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For those that are wondering, I am 100% ok after the incident on the last corner of the last lap yesterday. We were within 100m of a top 5 finish in Race 2, but that's racing sometimes.

I finished Race 1 on Saturday in 8th after qualifying 13th so was looking forward to a stronger result in Race 2. I had the speed to race with the leaders but ran I of laps before I could catch them.

After qualifying 5th in the wet Sunday morning I was confident I could battle for the win during the race but went a little conservative with the setup and had to work hard to hold position early until the tyres came up to temperature. I managed to stay the lead pack and hold 6th position for most of the race.

With 3 corners to go I made a big move around the outside of Turn 8 (approx 180km/h) for 5th, stayed alongside through Turn 9, then went to cut back under into the last corner but unfortunately the car behind had also simultaneously made an attempt to pass me. Without a side mirror on the right side from earlier contact I didn't see them and the resulting contact resulted in a half spin and terminal damage to the car within sight of the chequered flag. To make things worse I was stranded in the middle of the track in a blind corner and was hit a second time quite hard in the front right.

The incident itself was considered a racing incident and I think that was a fair decision. I made an instinctive split second decision and so did the driver behind and unfortunately we went for the same piece of track and there was contact. Yes I came off second best but it could have easily been the other way around.

I'm gutted not to get a better result for you all, but probably more disappointed that we've come away from the weekend with so much damage that it puts me in doubt for the final round again.

I'll need an accurate assessment of the approximate costs to repair the car this week and then see where I stand budget wise from there.

Thanks again to you all for everything you have helped with so far and fingers crossed there isn't any structural damage to the car.

Keishi
Thank you all!
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For those that don't follow me on Facebook or Instagram, this week I made the bus trip from Montreal to Toronto and traded my floor bed of the past 3 weeks for a couch! Positive is it's still a free place to sleep so that means more for the race budget - thanks for having me Amanda!

I'll be honest, I had hope this campaign would work, but I never imagined I would receive so much support so quickly. The generosity of you all has seriously taken me by surprise. With the money raised so far I should have just enough to cover the bare essentials to race the two remaining rounds this season.

From the bottom of my heart, thank you all so much!

It will still be on a shoestring budget, but I should be able to race without compromise unlike most of this season!

If I can reach (or surpass) my updated goal of $10k, it will be used to repair or replace the damaged doors and panels that I have been racing with since the Spring due to my limited budget. I'm not sure I have time to do it before Mosport, but possibly before the last round at Mont-Tremblant.

It will also help me mentally while racing to know I can commit to passing and driving on the limit without worrying so much that any small incident could end my racing year.

Thank you again to everyone that has contributed so far and if there is anything I can do for you in return please do not hesitate to contact me.

I'll be doing my best to do you all proud and can assure you that you will be all riding along with me in my heart and mind!

Keishi :)
From Montreal floor to Toronto couch!
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Thank you to everyone that has donated so far! Currently we have raised enough to cover my entry fee for Round 5 and getting closer to covering transport costs from Montreal, Quebec where the car is being stored currently to Canadian Tire Motorsport Park near Bowmanville, Ontario about 600km away.

With just under 4 days till my deadline I'm still needing a bit more to cover some essentials including:

- Wheel alignment & setup costs ($250)
- Brake pads ($400)
- 2 tyres ($650) / 4 tyres ($1300)

I am very close to having enough to commit to racing at Mosport next weekend so thank you again to everyone that has contributed so far!
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