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.
Podcast Team TRT June 19, 2024

The Hot and Not bits from Darwin, Le Mans & more

This week, we dive straight into the Hots and the Nots from a massive weekend in motorsport, in the Top End and over at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. There's plenty of good stuff to review, plus some stuff that needs some improvement. Also, we will discuss why Mark left our group chat, why Craillsy didn't know about it, and several Darwin-hangover-related discussions you don't need to miss. Tune in with your Podcast player of choice, or listen below. Spotify: Click HereApple: Click HereDeezer: Click Here

Continue reading
Insight Mark Walker June 18, 2024

Bathurst’s Worst Warm-Up Lap: Take 2

A few years ago, these pages ran a yarn asking the question: was this the worst Bathurst warm-up lap ever? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CirTHbLUj40 To summarise: on a sodden first Sunday in October 1996, the Super Tourers took to Mount Panorama for a warm-up lap ahead of their curtain-raising support race. Craig Baird got as far as turn two before he binned his BMW. Later on in the lap, it became awfully apparent that the Audis were in stife - despite their Quattro four-wheel drive system, imported factory ace Tamara Vidali was battling slick tyres, and subsequently had the mother of all moments

Continue reading
Power Rankings Team TRT June 17, 2024

Power Rankings: Darwin

It was a predictably HOT one in the Top End, but that's not to say that there wasn't plenty of NOT and WHAT thrown into the mix, too. So strap in, here is your 12th Power Ranking breakdown for 2024. ABOUT THE RANKINGS: The TRT Power Rankings are compiled by your nominations from social media and edited by the TRT editorial team. They’re designed to give a balanced, as fair as possible critical overview of those things that excelled and those things that struggled, at each event. It’s (mostly) a democracy, and what you nominate generates the order, so have your

Continue reading
News Mark Walker June 17, 2024

Regional Motorsport Facility Expands

The DriveIt facility, just outside of Townsville, has continued down its expansion path, with a recent photo showing progress on the facility’s quarter-mile drag strip. To be operated by the Northern Drag Racers Club, the drag strip is the third phase of development on the 306ha site following the construction of a driver training/skid pan, and the basis of the 2.75km long race circuit, which opened for business last year. Last May, we covered the opening of the 12-corner layout, which was 17 years in the making, and the first all-new facility in the state since Queensland Raceway opened in

Continue reading
News TRT Media Release June 16, 2024

Jones Darwin Sweep

HARRI JONES has placed an early marker as the man to beat in the 2024 Porsche Paynter Dixon Carrera Cup Australia Championship, sweeping round three of the championship at Hidden Valley Raceway in one of his most dominant displays yet. The 2022 Carrera Cup champion scored pole and all three race wins in commanding fashion in the Territory, powering his Hastings Deering CAT / Porsche Centre Melbourne Porsche 992 GT3 Cup Car to his second win of the season and third of his career. It also extends his title lead after three rounds of the championship as the series heads

Continue reading
Feature Mark Walker June 15, 2024

The Bathurst Riots: A History of Conflict

Many facets add to the legend of Mount Panorama: the impossible circuit layout, the incredible races, and the gladiators who go into battle. However, none of these factors would count for anything if it weren’t for the devoted fans who line the incredible ribbon of asphalt. Over generations, the top of The Mountain grew a reputation as a truly wild frontier, and centre to this was when anarchy took charge in the early 1980s in the series of Easter Motorcycle riots. Police provocation, bad behaviour and sensationalist media reporting conspired to ruin one of the biggest motorcycle events in the

Continue reading
News TRT Media Release June 15, 2024

Jones Dominates Race 1

HARRI JONES converted pole position to victory in Race 1 of the third round of Porsche Paynter Dixon Carrera Cup Australia at Hidden Valley, fending off early pressure from Jackson Walls to claim his eighth career race win. Jones led home Walls and Dale Wood in the Equity-One Professional class battle amidst an intense 17-lap affair, while Adrian Flack won his sixth straight race in the TAG Heuer Pro-Am battle, finishing just in front of Rodney Jane. In typically hot Darwin conditions, Jones made the best launch from pole, immediately covering his line from an aggressive Walls. David Russell passed

Continue reading
News TRT Media Release June 14, 2024

Hot Times in Top End

DYLAN O’KEEFFE has topped a typically tight day of practice as the Porsche Paynter Dixon Carrera Cup Australia Championship launched into the third round of the 2024 season in Darwin. In fact, the margins weren’t just tight – they were tiny with just fractions of a second covering the leading runners and for that matter, the entire grid. O’Keeffe, the 2018 Darwin winner, topped the day with a 1m06.8686s flyer late in the second practice session today to end Friday just 0.0326 seconds faster than Taupo winner David Russell. Russell, aboard his TekworkX Motorsport entry, had topped practice one and

Continue reading
Feature Team TRT June 13, 2024

Darwin Indigenous Liveries 2024

Stay tuned - this page will update as all of the liveries are uncovered this week... Shell V-Power Racing Walkinshaw Andretti United Brad Jones Racing Matt Stone Racing Team 18 Penrite Racing Triple Eight Race Engineering Premiair Racing Tickford Racing Erebus Motorsport Blanchard Racing Team BP Pulse Safety Car Scott Taylor Motorsports V8 SuperUtes

Continue reading