We sat down with the 2022 ARC Champion Josh Anderson for a Q&A on his win and where to from here for the young Cool-Drive sponsored Aussie Racing Car champion.
ARC: How long have you been racing Aussie Racing Cars?
JA: I ran 2 rounds in 2017, then ran the full season in 2018 and 19 and the disjointed seasons of 2020 and 21.
ARC: Did you race anything before Aussie Cars?
JA: Not seriously, I did a little bit of karting as a teenager but the majority of my racing background comes from simracing.
ARC: We know you race in Online racing leagues tell us a bit about that.
JA: I’m passionate about online racing, where I’ve competed at the highest level in sim racing esports. I currently drive for two teams, BS+ Competition for European GT events and Trans Tasman Racing for V8 Supercars. I competed in the Supercars Pro Eseries this year for Blanchard Racing Team, finishing in 8th place.
ARC: You’re the 2022 Aussie Racing Car Champion, how did that feel after the last race at Sandown?
JA: Awesome. I’ve been a big fan of this category since I first saw the cars as a 5-year old at Oran Park, so I’m stoked to add my name to the winners list alongside my step dad Darren Chamberlin!
ARC: Where to from here? What are your Motorsport aspirations?
JA: Like many young drivers, I’d love to race Supercars full time, I’ve been hooked on V8s since I first went to the Bathurst 1000 in 2004. Obviously it’s an expensive sport, we’re working hard to put the budget together for Super3 next year… watch this space. Aside from that, I love GT cars so I’d definitely love the opportunity to race those cars all over the world.
ARC: What have you been doing since the Aussies finished in August?
JA: I’ve been quite busy, between work, finishing my university degree in mechanical engineering, competitive sim racing, and trying to put the budget together to go racing next year. All part of the fun though!
ARC: Will you be racing at Adelaide in December?
JA: We will be there, can’t wait to run Car 1 around the iconic Adelaide circuit.
ARC: You last raced at the Adelaide street circuit with the Aussie in 2019, what do you like about this circuit?
JA: I love street circuits, especially the commitment they require. Turn 8 is awesome!
ARC: Who is your “Hero” driver, someone you aspire to be like?
JA: I was always a big Mark Skaife fan as a kid, I always respected his professionalism and knowledge of the cars, and what is required to win.
ARC: who supported you in 2022, who would you like to thank?
JA: Massive thanks to CoolDrive Auto Parts and Perenso for their support this year. I can’t thank Darren Chamberlin enough for all he has done for me, and Brett and Alana McElroy who travelled to every round with us to help prepare and run the car.
The Aussie Racing Cars are back on track for one more hit-out this year at the VALO Adelaide 500 in December, its not part of the 2022 championship but it is part one of a two round Trans-Tasman Cup with the second round taking place in New Zealand at Highlands Motorsport Park in November 2023, likely to be the final round for 2023. More news to come regarding the 2023 Series calendar.
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Below are a few photos from the final round of the 2022 season at Sandown, along with images from the prize-giving.