The Aussie Racing Cars have always appealed to both the drivers and the general public, they are without a doubt one of the best packages when it comes to Australian Motorsport, they are fast, nimble, they have models to suit just about any race fan and they can put on a show.
This is why you will see drivers from all walks of life, the class attracts small and big business owners, mechanic’s, restaurateurs, professional drivers, students, plumbers, truck drivers, even millionaires!
One of the things they do have that not too many classes can boast about is two fantastic female drivers in Ruth Bowler (Ford Coupe) and new comer Emma Clark (Toyota Aurion).
Ruth is celebrating her 9th season with the Aussie Racing Cars and her 7th year at the Clipsal 500 event, “Clipsal feels like a home circuit to me, I’ve actually raced here more than any other circuit! Adelaide always puts on a great event” said Bowler. “It’s great to see so many girls coming up through the ranks with increased confidence and support”.
Ruth races one of the iconic Aussie Racing Cars the Ford Coupe, “my car is a reminder of where the category started and I love the reactions from the crowds when they see the classic car holding its place alongside the larger, more powerful and aerodynamic modern range of Aussie Racing Cars. I am proud to see how the category has evolved over the years and feel honoured to keep the original Aussie Legend Ford Coupe on the track”, she said.
Joining Ruth on the Clipsal grid is rookie Emma Clark from Victoria. Clark has raced locally a Mazda RX3 for the past 10 years, “The Mazda, while fast, was a really temperamental car and I got tired of the constant unscheduled maintenance. Having an Aussie Racing Car has been a dream of mine since they first appeared on the racing scene so I decided to get one. My little Aurion is fast, reliable, and an absolute blast to drive! The national series has always been very popular and there’s no other race category where you can mix it with 40+ other cars on a track” said Clark in a recent interview.
Emma has not had the chance to have a “shakedown” in the car yet and is treating the first round of the series as a learning experience, “There are a lot of great drivers in the series and I’m looking forward to being amongst the action” commented Clark.
Clark’s Toyota Aurion will feature the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation logo’s, Emma is on the Board and is extremely happy to be able to spread the Foundations message, another key sponsor is Rail Systems Engineers, “my husband is a director of RSE, so I had better thank him too” Emma said with a smile.
The Aussie Racing Cars have two other female drivers who both have tested cars and are looking to join the series from the second round.
Ruth and Emma will get to mix it up with the boys from 8.30am on Thursday when the Aussie Racing Cars class are first to hit the Parklands Circuit in Adelaide for the 15-minute practice.
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