A 30 car field of Aussie Racing Cars are ready to race at the Tyrepower Tasmania Super Sprint Round – 7-9 April Continue reading
Over the summer off season many of the teams sit down and study their data from the past season, some will look at it in depth and begin formulating their plans for the 2017 series, some will wonder “what happened”, and others will make the leap and invest in new cars or newer parts.
And there will be as always “newbies” to the game, they are our rookies this year, they’ll either purchase or lease a car and run it themselves or they’ll work with one of the established teams and some will just purchase the drive.
Whatever their situation, for 2017 it’s going to be a great year. Clipsal has just proven this!
The first Aussie Racing Cars Championship has been run and won, the first round of the year got off to an exciting start, 31 cars lined up on the dummy grid (that’s where the cars wait to enter the circuit) with once again an ecliptic collection of the available 11 makes and models.
The oldest car on the grid was Ruth Bowlers Ford Coupe, and during the weekend Bowler clicked over her 32nd Clipsal Race with the last race on Sunday, that’s more races than the class does in a whole year! Well done Ruthie Racer Racing.
As a tradition, Adelaide reserved it’s most wonderful albeit hottest weather once again, Wednesday setup and Thursday’s race days saw temps rock around 37C. Hot both for drivers and those working on the cars.
The class always promises the best racing you’ll ever see at each racing meeting and the Clipsal event didn’t disappoint! The high speed track mixes with some tight corners which suits the cars down to the ground, it’s also very wide in parts and the racing saw the boys and girls 3 and 4 wide! That’s exciting for the crowd there let alone the drivers!
The history books will show a number of winners being relegated from their winning spots to further down the field after post race penalties were applied. The officials are watching closer than ever for the 2017 series.
Last year’s champion James Duckworth started off his 2017 campaign on top of the podium for the round in his last years #1 Rinkin Racing/RDA Brakes car, chasing him were the Western Sydney Motorsports duo of Craig Woods (KIA Penrith Mustang) closely followed by Blake Sciberras (Millennium Building Services Mustang).
The class now heads to Tasmania’s Symmons Plains at the beginning of April.
Ruth Bowler – Ruthie Racer Racing: “2017 brings my 10th Season with Aussie Racing Cars, my 8th year competing at the Clipsal 500 and Sunday’s Race was my 32nd in Adelaide alone! That’s more than a season’s worth of Clipsal races! I love it and am so thrilled to share it all with so many familiar faces on and off the grid! My prep over the season was demonstrated on track with the little Ford Coupe holding its own with the larger more powerful cars! Well done to all our 2017 contenders! It’s going to be another phenomenal season!”
Jeff Watters – Cure for MND: Clipsal heralded a significant change in overall car setup and preparation for the #96 Cure for MND car with the move to WSM for preparation and maintenance. After some initial driver adjustments, I came to terms with the new setup and then set about putting in an ARC best performance of being in the top 30% of the field for the whole race meeting, finishing with 3 top 10’s and an overall 8th for the meeting. I can’t thank Craig and Paul from WSM enough here for their support of me. Even more importantly to me personally here, I’m now within striking distance of Gold Cup stalwart Brendan Tucker – my plans are to make sure Brendan doesn’t get his hands on the trophy again this year.
Chris Stevenson & Leigh Bowler – Advantage Motorsport: “Advantage Motorsport is wrapped with the return to form, speed and consistency for Chris Stevenson making it out of the weekend without a mark on the car and a solid 5th place overall for the round, speaks volumes for being smart & consistant”…..And regarding Leigh Bowler “Leigh felt comfortable in the car and was keen to push hard as it was his first return visit to a track since joining the series, except for one off track excursion leigh ran P15 in 3 out of 4 races. Couldnt be happier with his performance”
Jaie Robson – National Fire and Safety “My weekend went really well I thought. A couple of hiccups here and there but being my first race, with a new car and new team, I think we did better than expected. Having qualified 5th and finished 3rd in race 1 was definitely a high light. Race 4 was great as well, starting 23rd and finishing 4th. Massive thanks to Paul Reitdyk and Mitch Binner from Western Sydney Motorsport, Matthew Gould, 6star Custom Paint, Liquid Clothing Co, Ultra Tune, Pro Nutrition and of course my Dad, Mick”.
Blake Scibberas – Western Sydney Motorsport “Started the weekend with an engine failure in qualifying which put us still on p 13. From then on up I just kept moving forward, kept the Mustang clean and straight. Consistency is the key I didn’t do anything spectacular but brought it home in 3rd place. Bring on Tassie.
Scott O’Keefe – Multi Services Solutions “Overall a positive start to 2017, with a top 15 finish for round one at Clipsal 500. We had a target for the year to make the top 15 and with the success and proven pace from this round we aim to improve even further in the coming rounds to make the top 10 by mid-session. With some early gremlins, we worked hard to make race 2, 3 & 4 count to build momentum for Tasmania”
Mike Rinkin – Rinkin Racing “Our even bigger team are off to a great start and Terry’s and Lou’s attention to detail has increased our confidence dramatically and we only need to keep the chocolate up to them and they are literally sweet!
What an awesome weekend of racing, many personal bests were had from all of the team.
First and foremost a massive thanks to Terry Bull our new crew chief. What a difference it makes to somebody’s driving when they have complete trust in the person setting up the car, and we saw this, this weekend with Micheal’s driving a PB of 13/31 cars but with a couple of penalties to other drivers was updated to 11th and overall 18th for the weekend, James Duckworth, took out the round overall for the weekend, which is an awesome start for his quest to run back to back National Titles”
Craig Woods – Western Sydney Motorsport – “What another great weekend in Adelaide with Western Sydney Motorsport and I couldn’t think of a better way to start a long year. Got robbed of the win for the round, but she’s a long year……bring on Tassie!!!”
Grant Thompson – Western Sydney Motorsports – “Really excited for the rest of the year seem to have found some real pace this year managing to sneak into the top 10 at Adelaide until my acrobatics… hopefully I can park the black and green Mustang there for most of the year. And keep 4 wheels on the ground!!”
Ben Walsh – Dr Ink Tattoo Removal – A really up and down weekend for the Dr Ink Tattoo Removal, Collective Care Mustang. We had serious pace all weekend, definitely enough to challenge for the win but a late penalty from race one forced me down the grid. I had a massive charge from the back in the next race passing 23 cars to finish 5th. In race 3 we passed 9 cars to finish 2nd after a great duel with Treseder. I was stoked for the pass I put on him and Luke getting them both at the same time on the entry to turn 9, it felt mega!
In race 3 I wasn’t too worried that Treseder passed me on the start of the last lap as my strategy once I took the lead on lap 3 was to not lead the start of the last lap as I knew a last lap pass into 9 or 13 was on the cards. Unfortunately, my strategy failed when we both caught a lapped car through turn 1 which forced me wide into the marbles.
Race 4 and the car felt better than it had done all weekend, by turn 4 on the first lap I had made up 4 positions and I absolutely knew I had the speed to win the race, however a mid-race bump resulted in a flat tyre. It really was a shame as we had just tweaked the car and it felt the best it had done all weekend. We will take the positives out of this race and hit the ground in Tassie running”.
Below you will find the Clipsal 500 Race Reports from last weekend.
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Race Four Report Sunday
A WIN in the fourth and final race of the Aussie Racing Cars Championship Series first round on the streets of Adelaide has made for the perfect start for defending title holder James Duckworth.
Duckworth drove his RDA Brakes Nissan Altima to an immediate lead in the finale and only yielded the front running on the final lap.
Kel Treseder (The Kart Centre Chev Camaro) slipped past him to be first across the line but was given a post-race penalty for contact that spun Craig Woods’ KIA Penrith Ford Mustang at turn 14 on the sixth lap.
He was relegated to 12th which gave Luke Fraser (Altima) second with Blake Sciberras (Millennium Building Services Mustang) finished third ahead of Jaie Robson (National Fire and Safety Camaro) and Woods.
A safety car was called early when Cobi Rotaunay’s Camaro was turned around at turn five. Michael Rinkin (Camaro) and American Stadium Super Truck driver Bill Hynes (Altima) spun as a result while Ben Walsh copped a broken tyre valve and puncture on his Mustang and was force to soldier on for points.
Starting 24th Adam Uebergang put in a star performance to finish sixth in his Uebergang Transport Mustang beat home the Camaros of Chris Stevenson and Brendon Tucker while Sam Milton (Toyota Aurion) and Jeff Waters (Altima) completed the top ten.
Finishing 14th ensured Charlotte Poynting (Aurion) was the best of the females ahead of long-term category competitor Ruth Bowler in her 40 Ford Coupe.
Race Three Report Saturday
STARTING OUT of position twelve, Kel Treseder charged through to take out the reverse grid, third race of the Aussie Racing Cars Championship Series at the Clipsal 500 extravaganza.
After forging his way to the front, Treseder (The Kart Centre Chev Camaro) had a fight on his hands to fend off former team mate Ben Walsh (Dr Ink Tattoo Removal Ford Mustang) who eventually finished a close second.
Third went to the 2013 Suzuki Racing Series winner Luke Fraser in his Nissan Altima, starting out of fifth grid spot ahead of Western Sydney Motorsport team mates Blake Sciberras (Millennium Building Services Mustang) and Craig Woods (KIA Penrith Mustang) after they started 13th and 15th respectively.
Leigh Bowler (Camaro) and Craig Thompson (Mustang) shared the front row for the nine-lap event but it was Reece Chapman (Camaro) who held a tentative lead over Fraser at the end of the opening lap.
Bowler ran down an escape later in the race and was a retirement while Thompson had contact with Scott O’Keefe (Altima) resulting in a spin at turn nine.
Current series title holder James Duckworth diced with Woods and finished just behind his rival. “I had a great start from 14th while Craig was held up,” Duckworth said. “Then I was held up and he caught me.”
Rounding out the top ten were Chapman, Jaie Robson (Camaro), Adam Uebergang (Mustang) and Adam Casuccio (Toyota Aurion). Next were the Camaros driven by Chris Stevenson and Brendon Tucker. The latter would have finished further up the order but for contact with Robson at turn 14 on lap six.
The grid for the final race of the weekend tomorrow will see Woods and Duckworth sharing the front two ahead of Sciberras, Fraser, Tucker and Casuccio ahead of the rest of the 31-car entry.
Race Two Report Friday
IN AN exciting race two of the opening round of the Aussie Racing Cars Championship Series, Craig Woods has edged out current title holder James Duckworth for the win. Wood’s team mate Blake Sciberras was third.
However, the results are provisional until investigation into breaches in the race where Duckworth was penalised five seconds but still retained second.
Duckworth (RDA Brakes Nissan Altima) and Woods (KIA Penrith Ford Mustang) finished fourth and fifth in the first race yesterday but were elevated to start this race off the front row after the first three placegetters were penalised 28 seconds for indiscretions behind the safety car.
Off the start, Duckworth led ahead of Woods while Brendon Tucker (Variety Group Chev Camaro) edged in front of Sciberras’ Millennium Building Services Mustang.
Sciberras soon relegated Tucker and watched on as Duckworth and Woods put on a race-long dice. The lead changed initially on the fourth tour with Woods slipping under Duckworth at turn nine.
The 2016 title holder reciprocated at the same spot the next time around, and the lead changed there again on lap six.
From there Woods had the front running to the flag, albeit there was little between them for the remainder and they were line astern at the finish.
Kel Treseder (Camaro), Ben Walsh (Mustang) and Jaie Robson (Camaro) were the three that copped post-race one penalties. They would start 25th, 26th and 27th respectively with the job ahead.
Adam Uebergang was first of the fancied runners to have issues with damage to the front of his Mustang forcing a visit to the pits. Robson was the next in trouble, out after hitting the wall on the exit of the final corner on lap four.
In the meantime, Walsh headed Treseder in their charge through the field. Late in the race Treseder passed Walsh to cross the line fifth ahead of Walsh.
They were followed across the line by Tucker who was also the subject of a five-second penalty and dropped behind Chris Stevenson (Camaro). Cobi Rotaunay (Camaro) recovered from a moment at turn nine on the opening lap to head Adam Casuccio (Aurion) and Jeff Watters (Altima).
Late dramas for Luke Fraser (Altima) saw him lose spots and finish 11th ahead of Reece Chapman (Camaro) while next was the best of the girls in Charlotte Poynting (Aurion) ahead of Scott O’Keefe (Altima).
Race One Report Thursday
THE FIRST race of the 2017 Aussie Racing Cars Championship Series was won by Kel Treseder in his KKP Motorsport Chev Camaro-bodied race car.
The Queenslander was the fastest in qualifying and led the incident-filled, event from start to finish and beat home Ben Walsh (Ford Mustang) and Jaie Robson (Camaro).
The safety car was dispatched after a multi-car accident at turn one where contact between current champ James Duckworth and Luke Fraser caused the latter to spin and crashes for Adam Uebergang and Troy Dontas as they took avoiding action.
Duckworth (Nissan Altima) ultimately crossed the line fourth ahead of Craig Woods (Mustang) who saved a near deadly spin at turn seven on the final lap.
He recovered to beat home race novice (his first ever car event) Cobi Rotaunay (Camaro), category veteran Brendon Tucker (Camaro), Adam Casuccio (Toyota Aurion), Blake Sciberras (Mustang) and Fraser (Altima) in a remarkable comeback.
On the final lap team mates and brothers Craig and Grant Thompson who were both inside the top ten, ending up off at turn nine.
Earlier Walsh topped the one and only practice session ahead of Woods while Fraser was third quickest ahead of Treseder and Uebergang.
Sciberras, team mate of Woods, was sixth fastest in front of Brendon Tucker, Jaie Robson, Craig Thompson and Adam Casuccio in position ten.
In qualifying Treseder showed the way ahead Woods, Fraser, Walsh, Robson, Duckworth, Tucker, Uebergang, Chris Stevenson (Camaro) and Rotaunay. The Thompsons, Grant and Craig were next but the latter’s session ended rear end with damage to his car after contact with a tyre barrier.
After 16 weeks 6 Days and 20 something hours the Aussie Racing Car Championships is set to reignite for the 2017 Championship.
The Clipsal 500 in Adelaide is always a favourite of everyone within the Pocket Rocket family and this years event is sure to ignite both the drivers and teams, and of course the fans for the series journey.
The current champion James Duckworth is back to defend his title, but there are another 30 plus drivers looking to topple him off the podium.
2017 sees a new group of rookie drivers join the class, each trying to forge a successful career in the Aussie Racing Cars and some with a desire to use the class as a stepping stone to other National Categories maybe even International.
Towards the end of last year’s championship, a hand full of young drivers battled for the top spot on the podium and in preseason testing they continue to impress, the opening round races will without a doubt be exciting to watch and participate in.
This year four of the seven rounds are on unique street circuits, first stop in Adelaide has the fastest turn for a street circuit in the remarkable turn eight, this weekend will test the drivers and a few will undoubtedly come unstuck, but with both luck and skill the class hopes to field the biggest on track numbers for the whole weekend long.
The next street circuit on the cards will be Townsville, it’s been 5 years since the class has visited this venue and it rates close to the Clipsal event in fun! Following that the concrete jungle that is the Gold Coast 600 is next, the back-beach chicanes are the most exciting part of any circuit in Australia for the Aussie Racing Cars.
The last round is of course the brand new track at Newcastle and the class is extremely pleased to be one of the chosen few classes to battle around the streets of beautiful Newcastle in November.
The purpose built tracks that will feature this year are Hidden Valley in Tasmania for round two, Barbagello in Perth for our third round and Sydney Motorsport Park for the fourth round.
New to the category this year is the classes new “drivers lounge” where our teams and drivers can mingle with the public and of course their all-important sponsors, be sure to drop by the lounge which is situated within our pits nestled in Victoria Park.
But before all of this, the party begins at the Clipsal 500 alongside the Supercars, the 2017 season is about to get underway, make sure you get trackside, or watch all our events on Fox Sports, keep an eye on our website and Facebook pages.
A 40 car field of Aussie Racing Cars are ready to race at the Clipsal 500 March 2nd-5th March Continue reading
11 drivers elected to test at Sydney Motorsport Park last Friday in searing heat, the East Coast of Australia is in a heatwave! Temperatures climbed to 44C but the cars managed to keep circulating.
Western Sydney Motorsport had seven cars here, their own Mustangs of Craig Thompson, Grant Thompson, and Craig Woods (Blake Sciberras is due to test in Queensland). Plus they had client cars join them from Jaie Robson, Ben Walsh and Charlotte Poynting.
At the other end of the pitlane was the Rinkin Racing team of Mike Rinkin, James Duckworth the category current champion, and two client cars that have joined them of Scott O’Keefe and Adam Cassuico.
Testing is ultra important before the season begins, and no more so than this year where the introduction of a new tyre manufacturer in Kumho – a new tyre and compound is being tested by everyone, also new this season are a category standard brake package from RDA Brakes, this will see everyone on the same brake packages, making for an even more level playing field in an already restricted category.
Only a handful of the cars were in their 2017 Livery and a number of the drivers were being very coy about the colours they’ll be running for the first round at Clipsal in a few weeks time, so as they say watch this space, as soon as they are launched they will be shared on the ARC Facebook page.
The teams ran different car setups over the day with some cars in SMP setup and some set for Clipsal so they could run comparisons.
The Media team shot some Facebook Live videos during the day and you can watch these below at your leisure.
Charlotte Poynting: “Its HOT damn HOT” the car temps are going up, especially when we come in, its almost too hot to test! The off seasons been tough, but I’m really happy to be back in the car.
Craig Thompson: “I’m in the new car so I’m short shifting looking after the car not putting the car under too much stress. Our aspiration for this year for the Western Sydney Motorsport team is to win as many races as we can and take the championship – simple!
Grant Thompson: “I’m pretty excited actually, Ive gone the fastest around here I ever have, first time back in the car since NZ – feeling really good about Adelaide, and with today being so damn hot its good preparation for the first round.
Mike Rinkin: “Amazing I’ve learnt more today than ever before, its fantastic I’m not going any faster (laughs) but at least we know what I’ve got to change to go quicker!”
James Duckworth: “I’m in the old car but we are testing the new brake package, which for us isn’t too hard as its what we used last year, RDA Brakes are our sponsors! Plus we are trying the new Kumho’s this is taking a bit longer but it’s the same for everyone”.
Ben Walsh: “Really looking forward to 2017 again with WSM this time in a Mustang – also really proud to be returning with my sponsors from last year in Dr Ink Collective Care and Raceline Motorsport Racewear – the series is looking like its going to be a super competitive year, the whole team has worked extremely hard in the off season to lift the bar.
Jeff Watters: “After strong performance toward the end of last year I’m looking forward to further improvements in the number 96 Cure for MND Foundation Nissan being prepared by the highly successful WSM team”.
Jaie Robson: “First time in my new car, can’t wait to get to Clipsal, first time on a street circuit, thanks to WSM whom I’m running with and big thanks to my main sponsor 6star – and dad J”.
Now the class turns to the first round for the 2017 Aussie Racing Cars Championship which as mentioned is the amazing Clipsal 500 alongside the Supercars – the class was absent last year and the call to have them back was strong from the fans. A field of around 40 cars is expected to put on a world class display of competitive racing, once again fans will be able to get close the cars and teams with the pits being accessible to the public. And of course, the four and five cars wide racing around the amazing Victoria Park circuit is sure to have the fans on their feet. The class never fails to shine at this event, it’s one of the teams and drivers most favourite events.
Keep an eye on the Aussie Racing Cars website and Facebook page for updates and more. This year will feature a Facebook LIVE session each day from every event, you’ll be able to pass on messages or ask questions of your favourite drivers.
The 5 Facebook LIVE videos we shot on the Friday Test Day.
Aussie Racing Cars (ARC) is proud to announce that Kumho Tyre has been selected as its exclusive competition tyre for 2017 season and beyond.
For the first time in nearly 20 years, the ARC will introduce a brand new tyre to the category and all indications are that the new tyre is set to get ARC drivers’ hearts racing. A bunch of teams have fallen in love with the new Kumho V700 tyre following pre-season test sessions in the lead up to the Championship opener at the Clipsal 500 Adelaide (2-5 March).
“It‘s great to welcome Kumho Tyre as a major category sponsor and the Official Tyre of the Aussie Racing Cars Championship for 2017 and beyond”, said ARC Category Manager, Brad Ward. “As part of the continual development of the category, it was time to explore other tyre options and after extensive testing of various products the Kumho V700 has been selected as we believe it is the best product on the market. We are very excited about having Kumho on board and can’t wait for a huge future partnership of Aussie Racing Cars competition with Kumho”.
According to Kumho Tyre Australia’s Rachael Sinai, the ARC forms a key part of Kumho’s Motorsports strategy. “Kumho is proud to be closely aligned with the Aussie Racing Cars and we are very pleased to expand our tarmac motorsports presence this year and see a huge long-term future with the fantastic Aussie Racing Cars teams, drivers and management.”
“The Aussie Racing Cars has a brilliant calendar of high profile events that enables Kumho Tyre to promote our brand and tyre products to a massive audience all year long throughout Australia and also New Zealand” said Miss Sinai.
Kumho will be at every ARC event to support the 40 plus car fields with tyre fitting and advice services and the Kumho branding will be featured on the front bumper of all Aussie Racing Cars on track.
ARC has secured a 7 round series exclusively with the Supercars Championship and has secured full television coverage of every event in 2017.
2017 Aussie Racing Cars Championship Calendar
|1||March 2 – 5||Clipsal 500, Adelaide||Adelaide, SA|
|2||April 7 – 9||Tyrepower Tasmania Supercars Supersprint||Symmons Plains, TAS|
|3||May 5 – 7||Perth Supercars Supersprint||Perth, WA|
|4||July 7 – 9||Townsville 400||Townsville, QLD|
|5||August 18 – 20||SMP Supersprint||Sydney, NSW|
|6||Oct 20 -22||Gold Coast 600||Gold Coast, QLD|
|7||Nov 24 – 26||Coates Hire Newcastle 500||Newcastle, NSW|
Aussie Racing Cars will have live updates, including video blogs and post race interviews on Twitter and Facebook throughout the racing season.
For any further information or to request images, please contact:
Aussie Racing Cars Category manager
Mobile: 0404 052 878
Kumho Tyre Marketing Co-ordinator
Mobile: 0499 000 422
The current Aussie Racing Car Champion James Duckworth is back to defend his title in 2017 and he’s continuing his successful association with the Rinkin Racing Team.
Duckworth has been extremely busy building a new car for the 2017 series. “Everything will be revealed in the coming weeks”, “I’ve been keeping myself prepped by jumping in and out of a “410 SprintCar” said Duckworth.
“My 2017 aspiration is to try to be the first driver in over 10 years to win consecutive titles, I also excited to welcome back my key sponsors RDA Brakes, my105.com.au and Formaz Parts Plus” he said.
Last year Duckworth only won one of the 6 round series (round 7 at Pukekohe was a non-championship round) at Sydney Motorsport Park, but his consistency over the year paid off with a second place at Queensland Raceway, he had two third places (Clipsal and Phillip Island), but only managed fifth at Darwin. Some might say he played it safe at the last round in New Zealand at Hampton Downs with a seventh placing – but that was all he needed to do to take the top spot.
Last Friday Duckworth spent the day testing at Sydney Motorsport Park, albeit in the old car as his new Aussie Racing car wasn’t quite ready for the test day.
The 2017 Championship is being contested over seven round this year, and many drivers are saying it’s the best calendar the pocket rockets have ever had. Four of the rounds will be contested on street circuits, undoubtedly making it also the toughest year in Aussie Racing Cars.
Micheal Rinkin the team owner and driver from Rinkin Racing said “its fantastic to have James join us again for the new series, I learnt a lot from him last year and I’m sure I will again this year, we will do everything in our power as a team to help him achieve his goals for this year”.
The 2017 Aussie Racing car series kicks off in just over two weeks at one of the biggest Supercar events, the Clipsal 500 in Adelaide. The Aussie cars expect to field almost 40 cars with 10 makes and models set to hit the track on the Thursday morning.
Keep an eye on our website and Facebook Page for more stories and images from the 2017 Championships, as well as the Facebook Live sessions from each day at the track.
New CAMARO & New MANAGER
After last season racing with the Duckworth’s, team owner/driver of Rinkin Motorsport, Micheal Rinkin said he learnt so much about what he really should not do and had a quick realisation he is better off concentrating on only driving at the track. “I do all the carbs and bits at home, but with all our businesses and another three coming on this year I am extremely time poor and not 21 anymore so if this is going to be fun, something needs to be done” Rinkin said.
“After speaking with my wife Gina she said why you don’t just hire someone to free up your time so I thought about it seriously and decided if I was going to pay someone I wanted the best!”
“With the vast improvement in Western Sydney Motorsport last year I spoke to Craig and it was obvious they had the man with experience in Formula 1, Supercars, Sedans and Aussie Racing Cars and more so I asked if I could approach him about looking after me next year as I needed an experienced operator, so as of now we can announce that Terry Bull from Terry Bull Racing will manage Rinkin Motorsports’ asphalt division, both Mechanically and operationally”.
Rinkin Motorsport will be joined by Nissan Financial Services again in 2017 as well as the Muswellbrook Cinema.
The first car is already being checked at Terry Bull Racing and the spare ones will follow. Mike has approached James Duckworth to do some testing for and with the team to help get the lingo right, and then Mike believes it’s all on himself, which is where the biggest improvement is to be found.
“As for the question of teams I have been approached by four or five experienced drivers but I think we will just see how it goes at present with what we have, we would love to race with James and his family again, hopefully they can sort out their sponsors and timetable to be able to do the whole series, of course pending his work commitments and the Sprintcar taking up a lot of time” noted Rinkin.
The team are ready to hit the track running for 2017, the Aussie Racing Car 7 event series kicks off with the Clipsal 500, one of the biggest events on the Supercars Calendar.
Keep an eye on Rinkin Motorsports Facebook Page for all their updates of the cars, the team and the events.
After all the racing across two countries and 5 states and territories was all said and done the following stood out from the rest as the class winners for 2016.
1st Outright – James Duckworth 292pts
2nd Outright – Craig Woods 285pts
3rd Outright – Kel Treseder 281pts
4th Outright – Ben Walsh 270pts
5th Outright – Brendon Pingel 264pts
1st Ben Walsh 300pts
2nd Grant Ludbey 300pts (countback)
3rd Craig Thompson 282pts
4th Grant Thompson 281pts
5th Leigh Bowler 275pts
1st Brendon Tucker 302pts
2nd Jeff Watters 294pts
3rd Glenn McNamara 293pts
4th Michael Rinkin 280pts
5th Ian Chivas 224pts
1st Kel Treseder 303pts
2nd Zac Best 286pts
3rd Leigh Bowler 266pts
4th Reece Chapman 248pts
5th Harley Haber 231pts
1st Ruth Bowler 295pts
2nd Charlotte Poynting 255pts
3rd Emma Clark 250pts
4th Madison Dunston 145pts
5th Alyssa Claperton 50pts
1st The Torque Team 298pts
2nd Western Sydney Motorsport 297pts
3rd Sean Rose Motorsport 293pts
4th Hertz – WSM Advantage 288pts
5th Rinkin Motorsport 278pts
The 2016 Round by Round point scores can be found here 2016 Aussie Racing Cars Championship Results