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Clipsal 500 Weekend Wrap

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,…

2017 Clipsal 500 Race Reports

Below you will find the Clipsal 500 Race Reports from last weekend. Visit the Gallery of Images on our Facebook Page 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…

Aussie Racing Cars Round One 2017 – Clipsal 500

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…

Round 1 Clipsal 500 Entry List

A 40 car field of Aussie Racing Cars are ready to race at the Clipsal 500 March 2nd-5th March (more…)

2016 Aussie Racing Car Champion is back to Defend his Title

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…

2016 Series Winners

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   Masters Cup 1st Ben Walsh 300pts 2nd Grant Ludbey 300pts (countback) 3rd Craig Thompson 282pts 4th Grant Thompson 281pts 5th Leigh Bowler 275pts Gold Cup 1st Brendon Tucker 302pts 2nd Jeff Watters 294pts 3rd Glenn McNamara 293pts 4th Michael Rinkin 280pts 5th Ian Chivas 224pts Rookies Trophy 1st Kel Treseder 303pts 2nd Zac Best 286pts 3rd Leigh Bowler 266pts 4th Reece Chapman 248pts 5th…

Advantage Motorsport Clipsal Wrap

Advantage Motorsport has returned from a very hot Clipsal 500 with their first race win for Chris Stevenson. A huge field of 37 Aussie Race Cars, which included 12 Rookies took the track in heat wave conditions. Over 4 days-the Advantage Motorsport Team had some highs-but also had to deal with some lows as well! But in true racing spirit-got in and did what was needed to get all 5 cars out for every race. Stevenson qualified 14th-and made his way up to 8th in Race 1. An engine failure at the start of Race 2 meant that he was a DNF. In the reverse grid Race 3, he came from 19th  to win the race,  with fellow Team Hertz driver Craig Thompson finishing 4th-giving…

Western Sydney Motorsport Clipsal 500 Wrap Up

At the Clipsal 500 Western Sydney Motorsport proved they were again a team to be reckoned with for the 2016 Aussie Racing Car series. “We had a great weekend and I’m really pleased to see all cars in the top half of the field after just the first round.  Craig Woods had a great weekend keeping toe to toe with last years Champ Brendon Pingel, Woods won Race One for the weekend and had two second places as well.  Blake (Sciberras) had a tough weekend but came out 10th overall for the weekend, he’ll be higher up at the next round I believe.  And Grant (Thompson) had his best weekend of racing ever, he and I were fighting over positions in race three where he…

Clipsal 500 2016 Weekend Wrap Up

The 2016 Aussie Racing Car Series got off to a fast and furious start, with a very full and busy grid.  The series returned to the Clipsal 500 after being away for a year, and the large crowd loved it! The ARC class had almost double the number of entries compared to any other class at the event, 37 of the pocket rockets took to the tight concrete lined Parklands circuit and by the end of the weekend 37 cars were still running, a feat no other class could match! The Aussie Racing Cars were first on to the track early on Thursday morning, in true street circuit tradition the track was very dusty and dirty with little to no traction for the drivers.  The…

Brendon Pingel Dominates Clipsal 500

Brendon Pingel's Championship title defence could not have got off to a better start, Pingel won two of the four races over the weekend, asserting his dominance over the 37 strong field, "What a honour to be on the podium with these two (Craig Woods & James Duckworth). Champagne never tasted so good after a exciting round one" said Pingel via Facebook on Sunday. Pingel drove to the win for the weekend with a 2nd place in Race One, 1st Place in Race Two, 10th in Race Three the Reverse Grid Handicap Race and locked out the top spot for the weekend with 1st place in the final race for the weekend. "An excellent event, great field with some great looking cars. Some Rookies in the…

The Girls are keen to mix it up with the Boys

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…

Young Karter Joins Aussie Racing Cars

Another Kart racer has crossed the gap from karting to circuit racing.  18 year old Queenslander Ben Cox started racing karts when just 10 years old and has now progressed to the Aussie Racing Cars Championship.  “When I decided to step up to the Aussie Cars I knew I needed a good car if I was to make a real go of it, so we purchased the Mustang of Maurice Masini late last year, it’s a quick car”, said Wilcox. Ben has tested the car at both Queensland Raceway and Lakeside Park, “we've had great improvements with each test day”, he said.  The youngsters main sponsor is Wilcox Engineering and Conveyors based in Carole Park Brisbane. “At Clipsal I would like to be up the…

From Karting to Aussie Racing Cars

David Sultana has made the jump to a slightly bigger pocket rocket, from Karts to a Toyota Aurion Aussie Racing Car, “it’s quite a bit different from my Karting experience, I guess the biggest change is the lack of vision, they do handle a bit the same though, it’s not like I had to re-learn to drive” said Sultana recently. After 15 years spent in Karting David has decided to give the Aussie Cars ago for the full 2016 season.  When asked what his goals for the Clipsal 500 were his response was to be amongst the quickest of the large Rookie contingent. The New South Welshman has had a couple of test days in his new car at Wakefield Park, the Aurion is an…

New ARC Camaro for Ben Walsh Racing

Ben Walsh Racing is returning to the Aussie Racing Championship for 2016 driving an ARC Camaro. Ben Walsh debuted in the category last year competing in selected rounds, but is competing in the entire championship this year. The team unwrapped the new car at Queensland Raceway on Friday at a pre Clipsal shake down. We are really proud to announce that Dr Ink Tattoo Removal, Australia’s leading tattoo removal specialists, are supporting us as naming rights sponsor. Dr Ink supported us in 3 rounds late last year and felt the results of the marketing campaign were so positive that they would commit to returning for the entire championship. We are also proudly supported by One11 Motorsport, a leading on line motorsport equipment company and Signarama…

Aussie Racing Cars are Clipsal’s Biggest Field

The Aussie Racing Cars are well known for pack racing, the unique cars, aptly named pocket rockets are often 3 or 4 wide at just about all the tracks they venture too. Next weekend’s Clipsal 500 is for the most part a wide circuit.  Without a doubt it will need to be, for the first round of the 2016 series, 41 cars have been entered! No other class this weekend or even all year long will field that many competitors and it's a class field, a past champion in Klye Clews is returning joining the Rinkin Motorsport team in a Nissan Altima and he’s ready for more time at the front.  And last year’s champ Brendon Pingel is excited to be defending his title.  A…