Insight Richard CraillRichard Craill October 8, 2021

OPINION: Thank god for the rich people

JUST A MONTH ago, billionaire Jeff Bezos and three friends flew to the edge of space in the first crewed mission of Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket. The Amazon founder created the Blue Origin Aerospace company in the year 2000 in a bid to advance the field of spaceflight, and his brief adventure to the top of the world was the first time they had sent human beings into, literally, the stratosphere. Next week they’ll go a step further by sending the most famous space man of all, the Captain of the USS Enterprise James T. Kirk (who apparently in

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Podcast Richard CraillRichard Craill October 6, 2021

PODCAST: Team owner, racing dad Andy McElrea

IMAGINE running a professional race team, responsible for the careers of some of the best young up-and-coming drivers around, but also having your own son's racing career to manage at the same time? That's what Andy McElrea does and it's why he's our featured guest this week. Andy talks candidly about balancing his role as a dad but also as someone with a wealth of experience in running a race team during Hunter's battles in the USA. We also talk about how his team has managed the Pandemic and what is to come in the future. Then we ponder the

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Feature Mark WalkerMark Walker October 2, 2021

UP CLOSE: Bathurst Sabotage & A Life Beyond Group C

In the opening segment of our two-part special on the Group C BMW 635CSis, we looked at the politics of the era, the development of the Black Beauties, plus the fact the second car almost never actually happened… You can check it out right here. Sabotage After an extended spell on the bench in 1983, the saviour for the Group C BMW 635CSi would come in the form of the twin-cam, 24 valve cylinder head (as first found in the M1 supercar), which would lift the car's output to 390hp, bringing it in line with the Commodores. The car also

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Feature Mark WalkerMark Walker October 1, 2021

Bucket List: DTM, NASCAR & Formula E on Ice

Recently on The Race Torque’s Facebook page, we asked the question: how many race tracks have you visited? There are some great tallies thrown into the mix… feel free to chime in with your own list on the post below – it’s a fun exercise! The Standout: Skijoring This is the story of easily the coldest event on my list, and also probably one of the most fun. Tuesday the sixth of January 2015 dawned somewhat foggy in the Bavarian ski town of Lenggries. That was nothing to do with the weather, but everything to do with the quantity of

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News Team TRTTeam TRT September 30, 2021

Stutt’Fest: New three-day Porsche festival launched

STUTT’FEST, an exciting new three-day festival celebrating all things Porsche, will race away the challenges of 2020 and 2021 when it takes over Winton Motor Raceway on January 14 to 16 next year.   Stutt’Fest is named after the German city of Stuttgart, where Porsche was founded in 1931, and will feature on and off-track participation from Porsches of all models in a weekend of spirited competition on track and loads of fun off it.   The concept stemmed from a lockdown-inspired desire to get back on track before expanding into a celebration of all things Porsche – with a relaxed vibe,

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Power Rankings Team TRTTeam TRT September 29, 2021

RANKED: 2021 Eseries Round 6 Finale

Ahh, ESeries V2.0, we hardly knew ye! With real racing now back in the schedule the Supercars ESeries came to a close on Wednesday night with two very competent races, the usual fun and several sensational in-jokes only us and about three other people get - but that's all part of the joy. As always we've clipped up the best bits here which, remarkably, includes a Rankings Hall of Fame nomination for friend of the show Chad Neylon for some sublime efforts in commentary. Hall of Fame "That will make the Power Rankings..." Thanks Chad Neylon, you were right! A

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Podcast Richard CraillRichard Craill September 29, 2021

PODCAST: Cooper Murray, Sydney Super Sweep

PORSCHE young-gun Cooper Murray got the nod to head overseas and represent Australia in the Porsche Junior Shootout this year - so we've got the young Victorian ace on the line to talk about the challenges of trying to forge a career during Covid.. and dealing with broken bones at the same time! Then the OTG team work through the revised Sydney calendar and have a crack at predicting what is to come from four weeks in a row at Sydney Motorsport Park, look at Oscar Piastri's chances in '22 and reflect on the Russian GP rumble. Episode 35 is

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News Richard CraillRichard Craill September 27, 2021

RATINGS: In Australia, Russian GP has you!

FORMULA ONE's captivating 2021 season has continued to enthral Australian TV audiences, Sunday night's Russian Grand Prix becoming one of the most viewed races of the last four years. With a rare 10PM AEST start time helping the cause, the race soared to an average audience of 155,000 people on Fox Sports 506 which made it the most watched program on Subscription TV on Sunday. That audience built from 44,000 watching the pre-race show and remained afterward too, with 32,000 sticking around to see the post-race debrief as Lewis Hamilton won his 100th Grand Prix and Lando Norris rued a

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Feature Mark WalkerMark Walker September 25, 2021

UP CLOSE: The Group C BMW That Almost Never Was

Sometimes, the legend of a racecar can stem from its presence, moreso than its on-track success. Perhaps one of the more striking examples from the big wheels and flares Group C Touring Car era were the pair of JPS BMW 635CSis. While rose coloured glasses often cloud the memories of the period's parity politics, there is no doubting that the level of machinery at the class's 1984 conclusion was simply awesome. The fat stance, and in the case of the BMW, an unmistakable scream at 8,400rpm, the duo of Black Beauties continue to draw fans to the fences whenever they

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Insight Richard CraillRichard Craill September 25, 2021

COMMENT: The Sydney irony that’ll save the Supercars Season

MOTORSPORT is filled with irony time and time again, so it’s not a massive surprise that the state that basically forced the entire sport to spend the second half of 2021 adding, postponing and then cancelling event after event is likely to be the one to save it. After a proposal to the Queensland Government to hub the Victorian teams, NRL-style, appeared to fall flat and some other states are so Covid conscious that they don’t even let visiting footy teams out to train or let their own residents come home, Sydney became the only option with which to complete

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