Monthly Archives: June 2015


Brendon Pingel extends his Series lead in his Spirit of Lockyer Holden Cruze!!

Brendon Pingel wins the final race of the weekend, and a podium 2nd at the ARC Round 3 at Darwin’s Hidden Valley Raceway. Brendon extended his series lead with a commanding performance over four gruelling action packed races. Brendon increases his lead to 10 points over fellow Queenslander Adam Uebergang who now sits in 2nd place. While Queensland lost out in game 2 to New South Wales in the state of origin football, our local lads Brendon and Adam showed Queensland has what it takes in one of Australia’s most competitive racing series. “With only one practice session of 20 minutes to familiarise myself with this fast and technical circuit, I knew it was going to be a tough ask to outrun Macrow, Morris and…

Facebook Competition Time

Competition Time ****WIN WIN WIN WIN**** Competition Time We have a Double Pass with Access to the Pit Paddock, Access to the Aussie Racing Car Pit with a guided tour, meet and greet with our drivers, a signed poster, plus some great Darrell Lea chocolates thrown in at the next ARC round, Round 4 at Sydney Motorsport Park, August 21-23. Prize value is approximately $340 (doesn't include flights or accommodation) What you need to do is: 1. Write a 25 word or less caption to this photograph 2. Like our page and this post  (on Facebook) 3. Share thepost on your own page and or friends We will choose the best caption and contact the winner on July 31st 2015.          …

Round 3 Hidden Valley Darwin Weekend Wrap

Pocket Rockets Go Off in Darwin It's easy to say that we had a great weekend of racing at Darwin's Hidden Valley, bit of a cliché actually, the weather was perfect we fielded 31 cars and the racing was unbelievable!  Whereas it was probably one of the best weekends racing in the history of Aussie Racing Cars.  The Darwin crowd were enthralled, it’s been 5 years since we raced there with the Superbikes and 10 years since we've been there with the V8Supercars. As I sit here on my flight back to my home base typing this, Jamie Whincup is sitting across the aisle and I think, wow the V8's put on a great show this weekend too, their two sprint races were great, almost…

Round 3 Hidden Valley Race 4 Report

Race 4 Report Heading into race 4 it was a three way battle for round honors, Adam Uebergang up against a fast Paul Morris with Brendon Pingel poised to jump and take the round win if either of the two faulted. The front of the field got off to a flying start and up until this point Aussie Racing Cars had had no safety cars all weekend.  On lap four Tim Macrow came to grief at turn one spinning and left stranded mid track, unable to restart the safety car came out for two laps.  On the restart it was deemed by race control that Morris jumped the start, where at the time Pingel was placed 1st and should be controlling the field, Morris jumped…

Round 3 Hidden Valley Race 3 Report

Race 3 Report It dawn a fine day in Darwin, wait it does that for 6 months of the year, and the sound of screaming pocket rockets woke the Darwin crowd, ok that’s a bit soft.  Lets try this, the first race for Sunday for ARC followed the Improved Product/Commodore Cup/HQ race, but luckily for us it went better than theirs which was abandoned after a start line shunt, which saw four cars collide with a fiery result. (All ok) Race 3 was a full reverse grid staggered start, and once again it was exciting, the format spreads the field a bit with a 10 second gap between each of the 3 groups, Craig Thompson (Western Sydney Motorsport) was off pole and got a flying…

Round 3 Hidden Valley Race 2 Report

Race  2 Hmm OK we described Race One as one of our most exciting.  How should we describe race two?   EVEN more exciting, from the time the red lights went out to flag fall there were battles all through the field, and again especially at the head of the field.  Initially Tim Macrow had the jump on the field and pulled a few car lengths ahead of Paul Morris, Adam Uebergang and Brendan Pingel.  But Morris soon got by Macrow to take the lead. Soon Morris and Uebergang were again battling, Macrow dropped off and Pingel sat back waiting for the front two to either come off or slow each other down with their constant lead changes. Close behind was James Abela and Darren Chamberlin,…

Round 3 Hidden Valley Race 1 Report

Race 1 In what has to be one of the most exciting Aussie Racing Cars races so far this season Adam Uebergang has won from Paul Morris with the lead changing more than a dozen times over the 12lap race. Morris' race craft was "interesting" as he led onto the final run to the flag and zigzagged up the straight, Ubergang zagged then zigged passing Morris just before the line! Adam Macrow came home in third from Brendan Pingel, with Darren Chamberlin finishing 5th. There was carnage throughout the race with four cars failing to finish including Freddie Hunt and Craig Woods, the later went off at turn 11 clearing the sand trap and hitting the wall. All reports say Woods is fine.

Round 3 Hidden Valley Darwin Practice and Qualifying

Practice Friday We’ve had our only track session for today, a 20 minute practice session, almost half the field squeezed in 13 laps over the session, that’s one more than our race lengths for the weekend.  The Hidden Valley circuit has had a resurface recently and the track is quite “grippy” as described by series defending champ Darren Chamberlin.  “We and a number of the drivers are suffering from understeer”, said Chamberlin who was only 11th fastest. Quickest for this session was former double Gold Star winner Tim Macrow in the Hyundai Elantra from Toowoomba’s Adam Uebergang (Euro GT) with V8Supercar Driver Paul Morris in a Nissan Altima third fastest. Freddy Hunt was 11th fastest for his first ever drive in an Aussie Racing Car.…