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Aussie Racing Cars Pre-Season Test Day Sydney Motorsport Park

11 drivers elected to test at Sydney Motorsport Park last Friday in searing heat, the East Coast of Australia is in a heatwave!  Temperatures climbed to 44C but the cars managed to keep circulating. Western Sydney Motorsport had seven cars here, their own Mustangs of Craig Thompson, Grant Thompson, and Craig Woods (Blake Sciberras is due to test in Queensland).  Plus they had client cars join them from Jaie Robson, Ben Walsh and Charlotte Poynting. At the other end of the pitlane was the Rinkin Racing team of Mike Rinkin, James Duckworth the category current champion, and two client cars that have joined them of Scott O’Keefe and Adam Cassuico. Testing is ultra important before the season begins, and no more so than this year…

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…

Aussie Racing Cars Sydney Motorsport Park Rnd 4 Weekend Wrap

In what was one of our most exciting rounds so far for 2015, the fourth round at Sydney Motorsport Park had a bit of everything!  All of our entrants performed to the highest level, be it on and off the track.  The presentation of the cars was second to none and the 3 and 4 wide during many of the races again proved we are the class to watch! Friday dawned fine but we all new at the end of the weekend, Sunday was going to be a bit different!  Maurice Masini was back for his first round this year and was sporting the all new Mustang, and straight away he was breaking the lap record and setting the fastest times in practice.   Another driver…

Round 4 SMP Race 2 Report

SERIES LEADER Brendon Pingel emerged from a race-long fight with James Abela, Adrian Flack and Peter Carr to win a thrilling race two the Aussie Racing Cars’ fourth round at Sydney Motorsport Park this afternoon. Abela (Horsley Park Gun Shop Toyota Aurion) and Pingel (Lockyer Holden Cruze) went stride-for-stride from the start to turn 2 with Abela coming out as the early race leader. Behind them Damien Flack (Automotive Holdings Group Euro GT) and James Duckworth (RDA Brakes Euro GT) tangled at the same corner while Adrian Flack (A GAS National Euro GT) scraped by without being unduly hampered. He and Carr (Mako Sunglasses Ford Mustang) soon joined the front running pair while there was action aplenty down the race order . . . particularly…

Round 4 SMP Race 1 Report

IT WAS a lights-to-flag victory for James Abela in the first of four races for round four honours at Sydney Motorsport Park. The young pilot of the Horsley Park Gun Shop Toyota Aurion never appeared in doubt, winning the nine-lap race by 1.1 seconds over a three-way dice for second where Brendon Pingel (Lockyer Holden Cruze) edged out Peter Carr (Mako Sunglasses Ford Mustang) and Adrian Flack (A GAS National Euro GT). However the latter was penalised five seconds which relegated him to seventh behind James Duckworth (RDA Brakes Euro GT), Damien Flack (Automotive Holdings Group Euro GT) and Chris Stevenson’s Hertz Nissan Altima. Adrian Flack’s penalty was just one of the dramas that afflicted some of the front runners. Maurice Masini was to have…

Round 4 SMP Practice Friday

Friday Practice DESPITE MAKING a smoky exit, Maurice Masini has been the fastest in the opening practice session for round four of the Aussie Racing Car Series at Sydney Motorsport Park. The Yamaha-engined, scaled bodied pocket rockets are a leading support category to the V8 Supercars this weekend. In his first outing for the season, Masini clocked a best lap of 1 minute 43.3039 seconds, just over four tenths of a second quicker than his nearest rival before his Ford Mustang-bodied racer retired via the back gate to the pit paddock with a rear left suspension failure. Peter Carr (Mako Mustang) who hasn’t been a regular since the round at Symmons Plains, was the second quickest whilst fellow Aurion steerer James Abela (racing for Horsley…

Abela’s New War Paint Ready for Sydney this Weekend

Sydney-sider James Abela will return to the Sydney Motorsport Park to compete in Round four of the Aussie Racing Car Series this weekend. The Horsley Park local will be competing aboard a new-look Toyota Aurion on the circuit where he tasted success last month in the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge taking out his first win. Abela, 17, will line up along with 37 others hoping to take to the podium come Sunday. Not only will Abela be back on track but also he will be sporting a fresh new purple livery along with him. “I really like the colour purple, so when Dad asked me to have a think about some colors for the car, only one came to mind. Our graphic design artist Brett…

Round Four; Aussie Racing Cars will Dominate Sydney Motorsport Park

Continuing as Australia's biggest racing championship the Aussie Racing Cars will field 38 of our specialised single seater tin top racers.  Aptly named the "Pocket Rockets" that’s just what they are, with a power to weight ratio not seen in any other class.  It’s been 3 years since the class raced at Sydney Motorsport Park as part of the V8Supercar Series. "We may not be the biggest cars on the track but we are by far Australia's biggest category in numbers, I'm very excited to have 38 of our cars lined up for next weekend" said Brad Ward category manager.  "This round sees 3 or 4 new drivers join us, plus the return of a few very fast drivers not seen this year" he said.…