Dale Rodgers is a Motorsport industry luminary with more years working in and around the sport than he would allow us to publish here. An expert photographer, journalist and marketing / PR guru, Rodgers spent 10 years running Revolution Racegear before assuming the head PR role at DJR Team Penske in 2012. Fun Fact, you’ll find many of his images in the famous Australian Motor Racing yearbooks, published through the mid to late 1990s.
News Team TRT February 1, 2023

12HR Field Set

THE FINAL pieces of the LIQUI MOLY Bathurst 12 Hour grid have fallen into place, with Mark Griffith confirming a strong driving squad for his Invitational Class-entered Mercedes-AMG GT. Griffith will be joined by 25-year-old German Fabian Schiller, who races for Mercedes-AMG in the Nürburgring Endurance Series (NLS). Schiller finished third in the 2022 ADAC GT Masters Series, and represented Germany at the FIA Motorsport Games last year, finishing second. He jetted into Australia today following the Rolex 24 at Daytona last weekend - one of now 14 drivers to be doing a 36-hour endurance double between the two classic

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News Team TRT February 1, 2023

CoolDrive wins Gen3 race

The Blanchard Racing Team (BRT) has won the race to be the first Gen3 Supercar to hit the track, with the CoolDrive Auto Parts Ford Mustang taking to Winton Motor Raceway today, with the team’s new recruit Todd Hazelwood behind the wheel for the shakedown run. Completed in-house at the BRT workshop, the final product sets the scene for the latest generation ruleset, which will see Mustangs line up against Chevrolet Camaros for the first time in the modern era. To coincide with the car’s first on-track appearance, the squad has also unveiled its warpaint for the 2023 season, which

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Photos Team TRT February 1, 2023

2023 Rolex 24 à la Andrew Hall

This, is a work of art. Friend of The Race Torque Andrew Hall took in the Rolex 24 at Daytona, and absolutely nailed the assignment. Thank you Skippy, we love your work!

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News Mark Walker January 31, 2023

Versa Locked in for Gold Star

Versa Motorsport will continue its rapid climb up the ranks of Australian open-wheel racing when they challenge for the 2023 S5000 Australian Drivers' Championship this year.  The team, based in Melbourne, has signed promising Adelaide teenager Blake Purdie for a full-season Gold Star campaign, however, expects to run up to three cars this year. 2022 standout Cooper Webster will compete in at least the first round, at AWC Race Tasmania this February, before heading to Europe to contest the GB4 Championship in the UK. According to team owner Toby Pope, Versa is also in discussion with several other promising candidates

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Insight Richard Craill January 31, 2023

Can the 12 Hour field go 2000km?

THERE'S lots to take in at the 2023 LIQUI MOLY Bathurst 12 Hour, with a host of storylines set to unfold across the race week as usual.  Here are some of the more interesting subplots worth following across the on-track sessions later this week...  The new tyre and its impact PIRELLI, the control tyre supplier to the 12-Hour since 2017, will bring a new compound to the Mountain for the first time this year.  Pirelli's P-Zero DHF compound was introduced into Global GT racing last year, however, is yet to make its way to Australia given the existing stock and

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Feature Mark Walker January 30, 2023

Red Bull RB7 Deep Dive

With the confirmation of Red Bull Racing’s RB7 model taking to the Mount Panorama Circuit at the Bathurst 12 Hour with Liam Lawson behind the wheel, let’s take a look at the race car in question – a significant one in the history of the Milton Keynes-based squad. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=puu-vegXX7c The Background and the Season The 2011 season was an incredible one for the Red Bull Racing squad, although, the outfit had a reasonable runup to the all-conquering RB7. Firstly Adrian Newey joined the squad in 2006, however, the secret sauce for the outfit's success came later: fresh from his maiden

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Feature Mark Walker January 28, 2023

The Thunderdome Lives!

Reports of the death of the Thunderdome have been greatly exaggerated. The 2023 season is shaping up as a massive one at Calder Park Raceway, with the facility set to see long-term plans put in place that will have the venue once again return to the motorsport roster, with early moves seeing the road circuit brought up to spec for Motorsport Australia and AASA use. Although not in the initial plans for reinvigoration, the grand high banks of the Thunderdome remain in place, and indeed are serviceable for a range of tasks, including a schedule of drifting and public drive

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Insight Richard Craill January 28, 2023

The big 36: Those tackling the Daytona-Bathurst double

THIRTEEN drivers will contest 36 hours of Sports Car racing in two weekends when they attempt the Daytona-Bathurst double this coming week.  The return of the LIQUI MOLY Bathurst 12 Hour to it's traditional February date means that it falls one week after the traditional US Motorsport season opener, the famous Rolex 24 at Daytona.  It means a host of drivers, key media and some members of the broadcast team will jump on a plane soon after the conclusion of the around-the-clock Floridian epic to fly the 15,134km from Daytona Beach to Bathurst, New South Wales.  Here are the drivers

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News Team TRT January 27, 2023

Kiwi Ace for Red Bull Bathurst Run

New Zealand rising star Liam Lawson will lead Oracle Red Bull Racing's highly anticipated demonstration sessions at the upcoming LIQUI MOLY Bathurst 12 Hour.  The 20-year-old, a Red Bull Junior Driver, will drive the 2011 Red Bull RB7 Formula 1 Car in demonstration sessions across the weekend. Lawson is well credentialed to drive a Red Bull Formula 1 car, having proven himself among the current crop of F1 talent in several outings last year. He completed Friday practice sessions for Alpha Tauri at last year's Belgian and Mexican Grands Prix, before jumping into the Oracle Red Bull Racing car for

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News Mark Walker January 27, 2023

Wakefield Park Hope with $1mil Election Pledge

If it worked in South Australia, it might just pay off in New South Wales, too. Following in the footsteps of Peter Malinauskas sweeping Labor to power in 2022 on the back of a promise to revive the Adelaide 500, New South Wales Labor has similarly announced its intentions to back a resumption of racing at Goulburn’s Wakefield Park Raceway. With the NSW state election looming on March 25th, the opposition Labor party has announced that it plans to spend $1 million on sound mitigation measures at the facility. The venue was closed by its custodians, the Benalla Auto Club,

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