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Home circuit return for pocket rockets

QUEENSLAND RACEWAY could benefit the home teams at the fourth round of the Aussie Racing Cars Championship Series at the Ipswich circuit. The event is effectively home turf for the category and many of the teams that reside in the near proximity have been able to test in recent times. It will be more difficult for their interstate rivals as Aussie Racing Cars have not had a series round at this track since 2014. The home teams may well have the advantage having tested here just days before, however like the Supercars sometimes the home town advantage can get the better of you, and with a packed grid of over 30 cars everyone will be vying for a step on the podium and to bank…

Round 4 Queensland Raceway Entry List

A 38 car field is ready to race at Ipswich's Queensland Raceway Circuit July 22-24 (more…)

Aussie Racing Cars Round Three Darwin Weekend Wrap

THE DARWIN Round of the 2016 Aussie Racing Cars Championship saw the biggest field so far this year with 37 cars taking to the Hidden Valley Raceway circuit. As expected Darwin put on picture perfect weather, albeit somewhat hotter and a bit more humid than expected over the four days, with the latter very much sapping all of the driver’s energy after a race.  Hydration was key to performance this weekend.  All four races saw temps in the mid 30’s with a number of drivers reporting high engine temperatures too. Ben Walsh driving his Dr Ink Tattoo Removal Camaro dominated the round but hot on his heels was Trent Young (Direct Clutch Services Nissan Altima), the two tied on 241 points but Walsh was awarded…

PAST BATHURST Champ Runs In Aussie Racing Cars

The 2014 Bathurst 1000 Winner Paul Morris will once again jump aboard an Aussie Racing Car for round three of the series.  After a two month hiatus the pocket rockets have made the trek north to Darwin for the Crown Bet Triple Crown V8Supercars Round this weekend.  for round three of the series.  After a two month hiatus the pocket rockets have made the trek north to Darwin for the Crown Bet Triple Crown V8Supercars Round this weekend.  Morris’ last run in the series was at the same round last year where he proved his prowess in motorsport by mixing with the top cars and taking a win to finish the round in a creditable sixth position.  Morris will compete in the Ford Mustang of…

Round 3 Darwin Entry List

A 36 car field is ready to race at Darwin's Hidden Valley Circuit June 17-19 (more…)

Aussie Racing Cars Round Two Phillip Island Wrap Up

The second round of the Aussie Racing Cars National Championship at Phillip Island produced once again the crowd pleasing racing expected from the country’s biggest racing series.  The Phillip Island Grand Prix circuit suites the 1200cc Yamaha Powered aptly named Pocket Rockets, the wide open high speed track sees top class pack racing not seen in any other series.  And once again four and five cars wide!   Round two saw a couple of the new comers take it to the more experienced drivers this weekend, dominating for most of the weekend with two wins from four was Queensland's Ben Walsh (Dr Ink Tattoo Removal Chev Camaro) matching Walsh's speed was his team mate Kel Treseder (Fluid Management Australia).  Current Champion Brendan Pingel (Spirit Of…

Aussie Racing Cars Round 2 Phillip Island

Aussie Racing Cars - The Girls vs the Boys! It's been almost two months since the Aussie Racing Cars have been on track, round one at the Clipsal 500 was a resounding success for the biggest Australian racing class, a bumper field put on a great show for the huge Adelaide crowd. The Aussie Racing Cars were the only class that could boast starting and finishing with a full contingent of entries, every other class at the event lost a competitor or two! Last years champion Brendon Pingel reigned supreme again, although the likes of Craig Woods and Trent Young didn't make it easy for him, add to the mix a fleet of rookies plus returning champion Klye Clews, the later taking a little longer…

Round 2 Phillip Island Entry List

A 36 car field is ready to race at Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit April 15-17 (more…)

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…

Harley Haber Clipsal 500 Wrap

Harley Haber’s first outing in the new CEJN Mustang has strongly pointed at him being a contender for the Rookie standings for 2016 and even the outright championship when he banks a few more points. “I felt really comfortable in the car this weekend, it’s like chalk and cheese with the old Falcon I was running last year. The drivers this year have all stepped up and that’s what I’m doing with the CEJN Mustang, its tough but I can see myself at the pointy end at every round. I’m working very hard to keep the car up the front; we’ve set tough goals for ourselves as a team” said Haber after the Clipsal Round.   Harley was 10th fastest in the first practice on…

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…

New Teams Championship

Aussie Racing Cars - New Teams Championship The Aussie Racing Cars are pleased to announce the formation of a new Teams Championship within the 2016 ARC Championship Series. “When the idea of a Team Championship surfaced, I just knew we had to do it and I’m happy to say the Teams Champs has a $7000 winner takes all prize attached to it so there is no doubt it will be one of the most tightly contested trophies in the series this year” said Brad Ward the category manager.       The Teams Championship is the newest addition to Australia’s largest race category which awards 5 separate trophies as follows: ARC Championship                          Overall winner Masters Cup                  …

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…