A vastly experienced Motorsport Public Relations operator, journalist, commentator and photographer, Mark brings his unique angle to The Race Torque in both words and imagery. As well as serving as our key photographer on the ground at major events around Australia (and overseas), Walker will often chime in with his unique and pin-point sharp viewpoint of the racing world via the keyboard too.
News Team TRTTeam TRT January 21, 2022

New era for Radical competition launches

A NEW era for one-make Radical competition in Australia will begin in 2022.   The brand-new Radical Cup Australia has been formed to represent the top one-make Sports Car category in Australia moving forward.   Radical Cup Australia is a joint venture between the two official Radical distributors in Australia: Radical Australia West, spearheaded by Wanneroo-based Arise Racing, and Radical Australia East managed by Sydney’s GWR Australia.   It will be fully integrated and supported with Radical Sportscars worldwide.  The two entities have joined forces to promote a five-round Radical Cup Australia Series that will deliver competitive, affordable and enjoyable racing for competitors.  

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Feature Mark WalkerMark Walker January 19, 2022

Flying Racing Cars: Home Grown in Australia

Last week here on The Race Torque, we reported on the arrival of autonomous motorsport in Australia. This week, it is the turn of flying car racing. Because: 2022. Introducing Airspeeder, the next format taking off in motorsport, with the genre having its roots right here on these shores. While Supercars drivers are getting tied up in knots about paddle-shifters, the Airspeeder EXA Series has ditched wheels entirely and has attracted significant corporate backing for its global platform, which sees identical electric multicopters take to the heavens. Home-grown Australian The concept has some very Australian roots – its founder is

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Insight Richard CraillRichard Craill January 19, 2022

COMMENT: The one man a new SA Motorsport Board must include..

MOST PEOPLE in the state will tell you that the Adelaide 500 started going downhill when the Government shut down the South Australian Motorsport Board. Founded in 1984 to run the Grand Prix, the board was Government backed however operated as a layer between the beurocracy of politics and the act of actually putting on a damn good motorsport event, which if you remember, it did rather well for a very long time. The board was shut down in 2016, with the Adelaide 500 organisation shifting to become part of Tourism South Australia, a decision that almost everyone outside of

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News Team TRTTeam TRT January 19, 2022

INDUSTRY: Supercheap Auto expands support

Leading automotive parts and accessories retailer Supercheap Auto and Motorsport Australia have today confirmed a multi-year partnership. With Supercheap Auto signing on as the governing body’s Official Auto Parts Partner, grassroots competitors, clubs and officials will be big winners, with Supercheap Auto focused on giving back to the motorsport community through this new deal. This will include through Motorsport Australia’s popular Member Rewards program. In line with the focus on grassroots, Supercheap Auto will also support the innovative FIA Girls On Track program in Australia, along with the popular junior development program, Ricciardo’s Racers. Both these programs are designed to give

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Circuit feature Mark WalkerMark Walker January 18, 2022

$100 Million Motorsport Country Club Circuit Set for Perth

Inspired by similar motorsport country club concepts internationally, the $100 million Club Moolia is set to attract high flyers from across the region to Perth when it opens in 2023. After initially being launched in 2020, press on the venture is once again kicking into gear. Located an hour north of the Perth CBD, or 45min from Wanneroo Raceway in rural Bindoon, the venue is slated to feature premium facilities, including a 4.1km long, 17 turn FIA approved Formula One inspired race track, a lagoon designed by Crystal Lagoons®, and a first-class sports academy for tennis and motorsport. The circuit

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Circuit feature Mark WalkerMark Walker January 15, 2022

Darlington Park: Epic Track, Built & Never Raced On

Following the closure of Surfers Paradise International, left with only Lakeside, Queensland was a one-track state. However, before Queensland Raceway was opened, an epic track was built, but never raced on. In Darlington Park, south-east Queensland had a fantastic permanent circuit, with the potential for the layout to be extended to take on Bathurst with a frightening mountain pass. Mired in controversy from day one, the awesome ribbon of blacktop through the trees at Yatala was ideally located smack bang halfway between Brisbane and the Gold Coast, and was utilised by some interesting forms of motorsport. In three parts, The

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News Richard CraillRichard Craill January 12, 2022

Wild HQ Monaro to join TCM in 2022

WARREN TREWIN will trade one iconic General Motors Muscle Car for another when he and his SNB Berryman Racing team join the Gulf Western Oil Touring Car Masters Series in 2022.  The Victorian driver, a previous series regular in the Turtle Wax Trans Am Series and TA2 racing driving a Chevrolet Camaro, has purchased a well-known HQ Monaro GTS 350 for his TCM debut this year. Along with Trewin will come his record of producing incredibly well-presented entries; with his Monaro set to be no exception. The vibrant scheme, designed by noted livery designer Tim Pattinson, will adorn the sides

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Feature Mark WalkerMark Walker January 12, 2022

Autonomous Motorsport: In Australia Now

From our first autonomous motorsport competition, to facilities being used to test driverless prototype road trains, whether it’s comfortable or not, the future has landed in Australia. Coming to Winton Next Month A mainstay of tertiary engineering programs since the year 2000, Formula SAE is set to showcase self-driving technologies for the very first time at its annual event at Winton Motor Raceway from February 10-13. Once again drawing attention from across the region, autonomous vehicle entries have provisionally been received from Monash University, the University of Queensland, and the University of Technology Sydney. With the cars designed and constructed

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Insight Richard CraillRichard Craill January 11, 2022

COLUMN: Playing the longer game

BY ALL rights, Test Match Cricket should be dead and buried by now. The five-day game is an anachronism of a time when things moved slower, when attention spans were apparently longer and when ‘content’ wasn’t a terrible phrase for what people consume to fill their time. In a word driven by Tick Toks and Snaps, a Test Match is more like the novel War and Peace – only longer and more compelling.   And yet, at least in this part of the world, it appears to be thriving with the recent fourth Ashes test at the Sydney Cricket Ground

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News Richard CraillRichard Craill January 10, 2022

Ambrose headlines GRM driver ‘combine’

Six young drivers will further their development towards careers in professional motorsport this week when they participate in the inaugural GRM Combine - Driven by Marcos Ambrose. Held across Tasmania’s Symmons Plains and Baskerville circuits over five days, the Combine will provide drivers the opportunity to experience a variety of high-level racecars run by Garry Rogers Motorsport. Participants will receive extensive briefing and coaching throughout the Combine from professional racing drivers led by GRM Competition Director, Marcos Ambrose. GRM TCR drivers James Moffat and Dylan O’Keeffe and S5000 front-runner James Golding will be actively involved in the Combine as driver

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