9 October 2016

Aussie Racing Cars (ARC) and Confederation of Australian Motor Sport (CAMS) are proud to announce the inaugural CAMS Trans-Tasman Women’s Challenge.

The CAMS Trans-Tasman Women’s Challenge is a special match race event to be run as part the Aussie Racing Cars Season Finale at Hampton Downs International Raceway on 29 October 2016. 

Lining up on the grid for the Challenge will be two up and coming female racers Charlotte Poynting, CAMS Academy graduate, representing Team Australia and Alyssa Clapperton representing Team New Zealand.  Following an extensive selection process, these two young ladies have been selected to represent Australia and New Zealand in this unique challenge.

Women have always been an important aspect of the ARC Series.  In 2016 the series welcomed four female entries representing the highest level of female participation at a national level in Australian motor sport.  One of ARC’s longest standing competitors, Ruth Bowler participated in her 200th Aussie Racing Car race at the Ipswich Supercars event in July and so the concept of a women’s challenge is the logical next step in the continual development and promotion of motorsport to female racers.

 “The CAMS Trans-Tasman Women’s Challenge is a fantastic initiative which CAMS is proud to support.  Aussie Racing Cars have done a great job in providing accessible national level motor sport as well as excellent opportunities for women to get involved.  On behalf of CAMS I wish Charlotte and Alyssa all the best for the contest.” Said CAMS Chief Executive Officer, Eugene Arocca

 “I’m excited to be welcoming Aussie Racing Cars and these two young ladies to my newly revamped Hampton Down race circuit in Auckland, New Zealand.  With more women regularly competing in ARC than any other category I wanted to promote Women’s involvement on both sides of the ditch with a unique and exciting Women’s Challenge.  ARC and the Women’s Challenge will be an important part of the Australian GT 101 event” said Tony Quinn, owner of Hampton Downs & Aussie Racing Cars.

 The stage is now set for an exciting CAMS Trans-Tasman Women’s Challenge.  The Challenge will be run as part of ARC’s race 2 of the weekend on 29 October 2016 commencing at 1pm with practice sessions scheduled on Friday 28 October at 9:50am, 12:40pm and 2:40pm. 

Tony Quinn will present the trophy to the winner of the CAMS Trans-Tasman Women’s Challenge at a special function in the Hampton Downs Pavilion on Saturday 29 October commencing at 4pm.



For any further information or to request images, please contact:
Brad Ward
Aussie Racing Cars Category Manager
Mobile: 0404 052 878



Aussie Racing Cars are pure-bred race cars designed and built in Australia. Their compact size enables thrilling four-wide braking, overtaking and quick acceleration to speeds in excess of 200kph.  The cars are powered by 1.3 litre, 125bph, twin-cam, 16 valve engines that rev to 11500rpm. Despite the vehicles being about three quarters the size of a V8 Supercar they produce extreme power and are the most exhilarating race cars to drive and the most exciting racing to watch!


Tony Quinn is the Scottish self-made millionaire who created extensive wealth through his VIP Petfoods business which was sold in 2015 for over $400 million.  Quinn is a passionate motorsports enthusiast racing and winning in a number of well-known Race Series’ including Australian GT and Targa Tasmania.  Quinn’s motorsport interests include the Southern Hemisphere’s premier race circuit, Highlands Motorsport Park in Queenstown NZ, Hampton Downs International Motorsport Park in Auckland, the Australian GT Championship and the Aussie Racing Cars manufacturing and category management companies.  Quinn is also responsible for saving Australia’s Darrell Lea Confectionary company from receivers in 2012.