Podcast Richard CraillRichard Craill February 3, 2021

PODCAST: On the Grid returns with Randle, Rust

ON THE GRID is back for its 18th season of telling the great motor racing stories - and we've returned with an absolute belter of an episode to get things underway in 2021. Fresh from his victory in the opening round of the VHT S5000 Australian Drivers' Championship, Tom Randle is our first headline guest, telling his remarkable story from Chemo to trophies in the space of less than a month. Randle talks openly about the challenge's he's faced, delves into how tough the S5000 monsters are to drive, the competition this year and even how they compare to a

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Feature Dale RodgersDale Rodgers February 1, 2021

Richard, the Davison story lesser told (Part 2)

PART 2 / IN THE FIRST part of our in-depth career retrospective with Richard Davison, we learned about his early days in Formula Ford and wings-and-slicks racing. As his extensive chat with DALE RODGERS continues, we move towards his supporting the careers of his two sons, Alex and Will, the genesis of the best Formula Ford team in local racing history and how things have come full circle. Fast forward to the Supercar era and the Davison name has once again featured strongly as Richard’s two sons Alex and Will have enjoyed outstanding success in Formula Ford, Porsche Carrera Cup

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Feature Dale RodgersDale Rodgers January 30, 2021

Richard: The Davison story lesser-told

PART 1 / THE DAVISON surname stands with the truly elite of Australian motorsport; a family dynasty dating back to the very roots of the sport in this part of the world, and continuing to compete to this day at the highest level. DALE RODGERS sat down with Richard Davison – son of Lex, father of Will and Alex – in a bid to tell one of the Davison family stories, lesser told. AUSTRALIA is blessed with many racing family dynasties. Jack Brabham’s three sons have tasted success in major racing categories all over the globe. 1980 World Formula 1

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Photos Mark WalkerMark Walker January 28, 2021

Easter Bathurst Memory Lane #TBT

The Bathurst Motor Festival from 2013 seems like such a long time ago... In those days, the Easter visit to Bathurst was a decidedly low-key affair, no big TV productions, no massive crowds, but still, some interesting categories and quality racing. Featuring on the program were classes such as Formula 3, Production Sports, Production Cars and Historic Touring Cars. Oh, also it was contested at the most scenic race track in the land...

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Insight Mark WalkerMark Walker January 23, 2021

COMMENT: The Challenges Facing the Future of Motorsport

Previously on The Race Torque, we looked at the massive financial contribution made by motorsport to the national economy as noted in the 2020 Queensland Government inquiry into the industry – here we examine another facet of the report: the many and varied challenges facing the future of the sport. From adequate facilities to evolving technology, an aging competitor base, government red tape, participant safety, competition from other sports, the retention of competitors and more, there is a multitude of issues that motorsport will face in the short, medium and longer terms. Do not take this yarn as pessimistic –

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News Richard CraillRichard Craill January 20, 2021

Randle given all-clear, S5000 return set

AFTER A year-long fight with Testicular cancer, all the while trying to progress an already impressive racing career, there's good news for reigning Super2 Champion, Thomas Randle.. It is the news he’s waited a year to hear. Rising Supercar racer Thomas Randle has been given a clean bill of health for the 2021 racing season, after a 12-month battle fighting testicular cancer. The 24-year-old completed two cycles of chemotherapy, which finished on New Year’s Day – drawing to a close a battle that began in January of 2020. The news means that Randle will be on the grid for the

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Feature Mark WalkerMark Walker January 16, 2021

Motorsport: Australia’s $2.9 Billion Industry

A 2020 Queensland Parliamentary Committee Inquiry into Motor Recreational Activities has collated the true economic scope of the motorsport industry, from Supercars to grassroots. Covering everything from car and motorcycle racing to flying, engine-powered models, go karting, speedway and car clubs, the inquiry covered a broad range of topics, including legislative, regulatory and policy framework, the safety of participants, community engagement, impact on road safety outcomes and other challenges facing the industry. One of the constant themes throughout the various topics was the enormous impact motorsport has on the Queensland, and subsequently, the national economy. THE (MANY) DOLLARS AND CENTS

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Insight Richard CraillRichard Craill January 15, 2021

COMMENT: The big Grove gain for Kelly Racing

THE GROVE family have been actively involved in motorsport for a decade and loved it for longer. I’m not sure there’s a better group of people - a better family - for Kelly Racing to partner with moving forward. Essentially, it's one family-run team merging with another family-run team to build one bigger, better family-run team. It’s sensational news for the Braeside bunch after a remarkable 12-month period of transformation from what was a four-car, factory Nissan squad to a two-car Ford Mustang team. They’ve also had to deal with the full-time retirement of Supercars staple (and co-owner) Rick Kelly

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Insight Richard CraillRichard Craill January 14, 2021

COMMENT: Supercheap sticking around is good for everyone

MUCH was made last year when Supercheap Auto were replaced as the major sponsor of the Bathurst 1000 by Repco, Supercars new major sponsor. After a 20-year tenure, the Aussie-owned automotive parts retailer was on the outer after electing to not match a larger offer by another historic, Australian founded automotive parts retailer. Supercheap felt slighted by Supercars and told people as much, but in the end it was a purely commercial decision for a sponsorship deal that was out in the open market and up for renewal anyway. If I were a director of Supercars, I would have sacked

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Photos Richard CraillRichard Craill January 13, 2021

GALLERY: ARG Categories test at Phillip Island

THE AUSTRALIAN RACING Group's suite of key categories have launched onto the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit to commence their 2021 seasons, with a pre-season test at the iconic Victorian venue. TCR, S5000, TCM and Trans Am are all scheduled to head to Tasmania in two weeks time for the inaugural Boost Mobile Race Tasmania event, starting at Symmons Plains on January 24 and running through Australia day. TCR, S5000, Trans Am and GT cars were all represented on-track today as people got back into the groove. How good is it to see cars back on track preparing to race!

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