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Only One Overseas Round this Year!

The Aussie Racing Cars for the past couple of years have travelled overseas for one or two rounds, the New Zealand rounds were a fantastic show for the Kiwis to enjoy, the class has visited both the North and South Islands at three race tracks being Highlands Park, Hampton Downs and Pukekohe Park. This year’s overseas trip is a bit tongue ‘n’ cheek – so to speak – the championship this week heads to Launceston in Tasmania.  The trucks will already be loaded and heading to Melbourne for the sea journey across Bass Straight ready for unpacking on Thursday. Its two years since the pocket rockets have raced around the small but flowing circuit at Symmons Plains. In 2015 Adam Gowans was top of the…

Round 2 Symmons Plains Entry List

A 30 car field of Aussie Racing Cars are ready to race at the Tyrepower Tasmania Super Sprint Round - 7-9 April (more…)

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,…

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…)

RINKIN MOTORSPORT – NEWS

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…

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…

Round 7 Race Reports Pukekohe NZ

Sunday Wrap Round 7 Pukekohe Park Raceway Race Three saw the top ten starters reversed on the grid, normally there would be a full reverse grid but it was deemed the track is too fast and mayhem may ensue! Chris Stevenson (Hertz Camaro) was on pole but got swamped in the first few laps dropping back to 9th by flag fall, Kyle Clews (Darrell Lea STIX / Rinkin Racing Nissan Altima) started well and lead the race for a couple of laps chasing hard was Angus Fogg (propertytutors.com Holden Cruze), Grant Ludbey (The Torque Team Euro GT) and Blake Sciberras (Millennium Building Group Mustang). Sciberras made a jump on the field on lap three and took the lead through to the chequered flag, on the…

Round 6 Hampton Downs Race Reports

Race Four Hampton Downs Rnd 6 Race four was the final points race for the 2016 Aussie Racing Cars Championship and without a doubt it was one of the most hard fought races the class has had all year. Craig Thompson (Western Sydney Motorsport Mustang) spun on the first lap that unfortunately saw three or four cars retire from the race. However up the front of the field it was an exciting multi-pass race with Kel Treseder (KPP Motorsport Camaro), Craig Woods (Western Sydney Motorsport Mustang) and Peter Carr (Erina Fair Medical Centre Toyota Aurion) running two and three wide with passing into turn one happening just about every lap and at many of the other passing opportunities that the Hampton Downs circuit provides. All…

Aussie Racing Cars Round 7 Pukekohe Park Raceway

The final round for the 2016 Aussie Racing Cars Championship is at Pukekohe Park Raceway just 50kms south of Auckland City.  It’s an invitational, non-points round alongside the Supercars again.  This is the first time the class has had an event at the circuit.  Brendon Pingel (Spirit of Lockyer Holden Cruze) went for a walk around the track, “it’s fast, it looks very fast with a few bumps to, I’m looking forward to it”. Without the pressure of season points many of the drivers and teams will be working hard on winning the round points.  Pukekohe Park lends itself to close pack racing 2-3 wide from the Aussie Cars, the fast front and back straights will see the fastest drivers diving for position into the…

Charlotte Poynting Trumps Aussie Racing Cars in New Zealand

Missing the first round at Clipsal for Charlotte Poynting was a tough way to start the 2016 series and may have cost her a shot at the Ladies Trophy especially after winning all the other rounds, however from there on for the year Poynting has continued to grow and mature in the championship. A lot of pressure was loaded onto her for the last round of the series after being selected to represent Australia in the inaugural CAMS Trans-Tasman Women’s Challenge in Race Two at Hampton Downs.  Standing for New Zealand was NZV8 racer Alyssa Claperton. Charlotte has recounted her weekend below. “What an awesome weekend! After a stressful practice day and being well off the pace I finally found my feet for qualifying which…

The Aussie Racing Cars Championship Finale

The 2016 Aussie Racing Car season is about to come to a close, the final round is this weekend in New Zealand at the newly revamped Hampton Downs circuit.  For the second consecutive season the pocket rockets have ventured overseas, last year the first round of the series was at Highlands Motorsport Park in Cromwell on New Zealand's South Island. Hampton Downs is approximately an hours drive south of Auckland and has just undergone a $25 Million dollar make-over, including a 1.2km extension to the already exciting track, new over pit corporate suites and go-kart track. 31 Aussie Cars will take to the track first up on Friday, two New Zealand drivers will have a small home town advantage, although the new extension is yet…

Round 6 Hampton Downs NZ Entry List

A 31 car field of Aussie racing Cars are ready to race at Hampton Downs, New Zealand Oct 28-30 (more…)

Round 5 Sydney Motorsport Park Weekend Wrap Up

The penultimate round of the 2016 Aussie Racing Cars Championship was held at Sydney Motorsport Park last weekend in very trying weather conditions.  Friday morning dawned wet but slowly fined up.  This was a kind of blessing in disguise as it gave the teams the opportunity to set the cars up for both the dry and wet conditions which would be needed before the weekend finished! The last round to be run on Australian soil this year was part of the New South Wales Motor Race Championships, 250 cars were entered over 9 categories but it was the Aussie Racing Cars that were the stand out category with nearly 40 cars on the grid. The pocket rockets were first up on Friday to a track…

Round 5 Race Reports SMP

Sunday Race Three Report from Sydney Motorsport Park Sundays race, again in the wet was the final race for the Aussie Racing Cars on home soil for 2016, James Duckworth (RDA Brakes / Rinkin Racing Altima) continued his domination of the weekend by leading the race from start to finish, on the second lap the Safety Car came out once again, this time for Glenn McNamara (The Torque Team) who spun on top of the bridge/hill, he was able to restart the race but a lap down. After the restart the race ran for the full duration. Having a tough start was Kel Treseder (KKP Motorsport Mustang) who dropped down to 28th after appearing to stall on the grid, he eventually fought back to 16th.…