Feature Richard CraillRichard Craill October 21, 2021

Wildcards: Who would we sign?

CAMEOS: We're not talking about the app, where you can pay 'celebrities' cash to record you a personal message; this is about a one-off wildcard appearance by a driver from one series in another. We all love it when it happens – but who would be a good get to have here? ONE of the most enjoyable things about motorsport is when drivers from outside of your own universe pop in and cameo in a category or country that they don’t usually inhabit. It’s always fun to see new drivers come into a championship that they’re not accustomed to, regardless

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News Richard CraillRichard Craill October 21, 2021

Record Bathurst grid building

ANOTHER MOUNT PANORAMA record could be on the cards for Easter next year. Always popular, the 2022 edition of the Hi-Tec Oils Bathurst 6 Hour Production Car enduro has received record interest since opening entries just 16 days ago. 52 teams have lodged their entry paperwork already, which is a record for the event. There are still 141 days until entries close. The event is urging prospective competitors to lodge their paperwork now to ensure they avoid the potential of missing out on a guaranteed entry, with Mount Panorama's grid density set at 72 cars for the six-hour enduro. "The

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Podcast Richard CraillRichard Craill October 20, 2021

PODCAST: Moffat on Bathurst, Westacott on AGP

BIG SURNAMES are the story of this week's On the Grid and we're not talking about 'Schibeci', either. James Moffat joins us on his drive home from his first steer of a Supercar in six months, so he's as fresh as anyone can be to reflect on his day at Winton. Moff talks his Bathurst campaign with Cam Waters, co-driver life, Tickford, TCR and more; plus sneaky trips about getting back to Melbourne without using the Hume.. We're also joined by Australian Grand Prix chief Andrew Westacott, who brings us up to speed on the new date, the new track

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Photos Mark WalkerMark Walker October 17, 2021

STRIPPED BARE: Street Circuits 51 Weeks a Year

As it transpires, street circuits are kind of important. If you've been hiding under a rock, Richard Craill's excellent piece - We need to save the Adelaide Street Circuit - from last Sunday shone a light on what our temporary venues mean to the industry and its fanbase. The relative value of street circuits versus permanent venues debate will rage until the end of the sport, but the fact remains: street circuits are a shop window for the sport - they make it accessible to the masses. Also, they have hosted some of the most significant moments in the history

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Feature Mark WalkerMark Walker October 14, 2021

MOTORSPORT 101: Build A Racecar at School (& Race It!)

If your school manual arts experience was anything like mine, you possibly learned handy new skills like making an ashtray, or twisting a length of wire into the shape of a coat hanger. These days, the Formula High School program sees students across Queensland construct their very own spec race car and drive it in a six-hour endurance race at Lakeside Park, all a part of an elective subject in their educational syllabus. With local origins dating back to 2015, the program has engaged students through the hands-on application of engineering processes, with the platform delivering MEM20413 Certificate II in

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Podcast Richard CraillRichard Craill October 13, 2021

PODCAST: Street fight! The Adelaide Parklands circuit

The famous Adelaide street circuit and its future, whatever that may be, lead the chat this week On the Grid. Special Guest, sporting guru (and, in another life, a former OTG producer Tim Hodges joins the chat on all things Adelaide GP, Adelaide ‘500 and more - plus his thoughts on Scott McLaughlin's IndyCar year, F1 and everything else motorsport this week. Here’s episode 37 of this current season.. listen to it now, later, on demand, on your drive to work or whenever you get your podcast fix! Thanks for listening while we kill time before racing returns.. again.. The

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News Richard CraillRichard Craill October 12, 2021

Huge interest in STUTT’FEST 22 event

MORE than 170 expressions of interest have been received by the team behind the exciting new STUTT’FEST Porsche three-day Motorsport Festival to be held in January next year.   The three-day festival celebrating all things Porsche will be held at Winton Raceway between January 14-16, 2022 and will cater to anything sporting the famous Porsche badge.   STUTT’FEST will include a mixture of competitive on-track events and a host of off-track activities including a Concours, show ‘n shine, displays, tours around the local regions and much more.   Organisers have targeted an early November date to officially open entries for all aspects of

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News Richard CraillRichard Craill October 11, 2021

Fifth crown for Johnston in SA Excel titles

ASHER JOHNSTON and the Hofbrau Original Racing Team, supported by The Race Torque, has prevailed to claim a record fifth South Australian State Championship crown at the weekend. Johnston claimed 2021 SA Circuit Excel title at Mallala Motorsport Park, completing a three-peat of titles in 2019, 20 and 21 while adding to existing crowns won in 2014 and 2016. The most competitive season of South Australian Excel racing on record threw plenty of challenges at the team, however consistency across all four rounds and raw car speed when needed saw Johnston accumulate enough points to provisionally claim the title on

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Feature Richard CraillRichard Craill October 10, 2021

We need to save the Adelaide Street Circuit

THIS TIME they have gone too far. In another chapter in the ongoing saga of the Adelaide Parklands Circuit and the demise of the Adelaide 500, a story in The Advertiser today is reporting that Adelaide City councillor Greg Mackie is, and I quote, 'backing a residents’ group which wants most of the bitumen track to be ripped up because it has become an “urban heat island” during hot weather.' The story goes on with similar commentary around how the approximately 1200 metres of tarmac and “the lack of tree canopy creates a significant heat trap”. I'll spare you having

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Feature Mark WalkerMark Walker October 9, 2021

RAW SOUND: Bathurst 12hr Winning Ferrari

CRANK. IT. UP! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AaJZKWfNt2k Here at The Race Torque we have previously recounted a personal tale of the 2014 Bathurst 12 Hour, a race which was claimed by the Maranello Motorsport equipe with drivers Mika Salo, Craig Lowndes, John Bowe and Peter Edwards. You can read all about it right here. However, we have also uncovered a dusty old hard drive from the period, featuring hours of previously unseen footage captured at the meet. You see, in a rarity for big-time events, media were given the freedom to capture both video and photos around Mount Panorama - typically TV rights

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