AFTER A two month Summer break the Aussie Racing Cars 2018 Championship launches this weekend at the Baskerville Raceway in Hobart as part of the circuits 60th year celebrations. The ARC pocket rockets are headlining the weekend that will see plenty of track time with a 40 minute practice session on Thursday afternoon and three sessions on Friday, on Saturday there is qualifying first up, then two races and Sunday sees three more races.
The Aussie Cars last visited Baskerville in 2006, the cars are very much suited to this circuit, its tight with plenty of elevation along with long straights, its not as wide as some of the other tracks that will be visited this season. In 2017 the whole circuit was resurfaced; the smooth new asphalt was laid in March so almost 12 months on, it will be bedded in and should have a reasonable amount of rubber down.
Tasmania and especially Hobartians have embraced the Aussie Cars for many years, the past couple of seasons have seen them run with the Supercars at Launceston’s Symmons Plains Raceway, the locals now have them on their back-door step for the inaugural 2018 Championship Race Meeting.
The coveted Number 1 is not on this year’s entry list as last years Champion James Duckworth has elected to chase his speedway dreams (and we wish him well) however that means that number will be chased and eventually won by a brand new Champion. And there are plenty willing to grab it too!
Returning this year is Blake Sciberras a two times national Kart Champion and coming into the 2017 final round Sciberras was leading the series only to fall short at the post with mechanical issues. After running only two rounds last year Justin Ruggier is back, the 2014 Kumho V8 National Champion is ready to run at the pointy end of the field.
Second last year by just one point Kel Treseder has a very large point to prove, he needs to improve by one place to secure the national title, he too will be putting it on the line this year, its on the cards, in 2016 he was third overall!
It may sound a bit strange but there is a bunch of youngsters chasing these guys, strange because the three already mentioned are all only in their early 20’s – Reece Chapman is in his third year of Aussie Cars and last year was knocking on the door of the podium a few times, with a race win in Perth. And the son of ex-champ Darren Chamberlin, Josh Anderson proved he was quick at the final round in Newcastle last year.
Just to throw the preverbal spanner in the works, the first round sees Tassie local Adam Gowans return to the series, Gowans has been absent from the championship for a couple of years but knows the Hobart circuit like the back of his hand, he will be hard to beat.
And this round we welcome back our famous lady racer Ruth Bowler in her amazing Ford Coupe, one of the very first ARC cars to roll off the assembly line, Bowler missed most of last year due to health reasons and we are very happy to see her back on track.
Aussie Racing Cars are proud to be associated once again with RDA Brakes who supply all our cars with an amazing break package, plus thanks to Kumho as our tyre suppliers and our series sponsors Game Over.
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|1||February 23-25||Baskerville Raceway 60th Anniversary||Baskerville Raceway|
|2||April 20-22||Phillip Island 500||Supercars|
|3||May 18-20||Winton SuperSprint||Supercars|
|4||July 20-22||Ipswich SuperSprint||Supercars|
|5||August 24-26||The Bend SuperSprint||Supercars|
|6||September 21-23||Sydney Motorsport Park||Shannons Nationals|
|7||October 19-21||Gold Coast 600||Supercars|