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Chequered Flag Chat: Fast Females

PHOTO: Insyde Media It may have been a tough initiation for Simona De Silvestro in her first full season as a Virgin Australia Supercars Championship driver, but by the final event of the season at the Newcastle 500, the 29-year-old Swiss pilot’s talent was starting to shine through. De Silvestro’s achievements this season are not [...]

By | December 16th, 2017|Chequered Flag Chat|0 Comments

Chequered Flag Chat: Swapping the Microphone for a Helmet

There are quite a few retired professional racing drivers who have subsequently enjoyed careers as motorsport commentators (think Neil Crompton, Mark Skaife, Mark Larkham) but not many who have started out as commentators and then become drivers – in fact, I struggle to think of many at all. Indeed, until Emily Duggan gave me a [...]

By | December 5th, 2017|Chequered Flag Chat|0 Comments

Chequered Flag Chat: The Voice of Inspiration

“AMBROSE HAS HAD A MASSIVE SHUNT! AMBROSE HAS HAD A MASSIVE SHUNT! SO GREG MURPHY’S INVOLVED, MORE CARS, THE TRACK IS JAMMED! THE TRACK IS JAMMED!!!” “HUGE, HUGE, HUGE MOMENT THROUGH THE CHASE, 300 KILOMETRES AN HOUR, SURFS OUT THE OTHER SIDE, ALMOST ROLLS THE CASTROL FORD, GATHERS IT UP, DROPS A BUNCH OF SPOTS, [...]

By | November 29th, 2017|Chequered Flag Chat|1 Comment

Chequered Flag Chat: A Scriptwriter’s Dream

Whoever writes the script for the Winton 300 each year needs a pay rise and a good lie down. It may not attract the national headlines of other endurance races in the country like the Bathurst 1000, Bathurst 12 Hour or Bathurst 6 Hour, but the Winton 300 (and its sister race, the Wakefield 300) [...]

By | November 8th, 2017|Chequered Flag Chat|0 Comments

Chequered Flag Chat: 2017 Formula Ford Season Review

The 2017 Australian Formula Ford Series was one of the strongest in recent memory, with big fields (over 30 cars in three rounds), a very high standard of competition at the front of the field and some enthralling races. Here’s an analysis of the top 10 drivers in the final points.   Max Vidau Sonic [...]

By | October 25th, 2017|Chequered Flag Chat|0 Comments

Chequered Flag Chat: Knocking on the Door

PHOTO: Insyde Media Cracking a full-time drive in the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship is hard work at the best of times and at the moment, it’s particularly tough. Veterans of the sport like Craig Lowndes and Garth Tander are still at least a couple of seasons away from retirement, and the remaining mix of drivers [...]

By | August 22nd, 2017|Chequered Flag Chat|0 Comments

Chequered Flag Chat: Dedication

It’s 8:30pm on Saturday night at the Townsville 400. After a busy day of commentating races and running between the media centre and the support category arena chasing up news and punching out updates for clients, I’m ready to go home. The problem is, I can’t leave the track yet because the team I’m staying [...]

By | July 12th, 2017|Chequered Flag Chat|0 Comments

Chequered Flag Chat: From Virtual Vehicles to Real Race Cars

I just crashed a Red Bull Formula 1 car. While pushing hard to try and keep up with a Mercedes, I accidentally used a bit too much kerb exiting Monaco’s swimming pool complex, and fired it into the fence. A lot of people are probably thinking the Monaco Grand Prix was held last month, and [...]

By | June 15th, 2017|Chequered Flag Chat|0 Comments

Chequered Flag Controversy: Missed Opportunities

The Townsville Supercars street race was a missed opportunity. Since its inception in 2009, there’s no doubt the event has attracted economic benefits to the North Queensland region, and it’s a nice weekend away for those of us from southern states who enjoy escaping the cold weather in the middle of the year. It has [...]

By | May 30th, 2017|Chequered Flag Chat|0 Comments

Chequered Flag Chat: A Diversion from Car Racing

Normally my blog posts are focused on motorsport-related issues. Not today. The Federal Budget was delivered last night and once you cut through the hyperbole and rhetoric, there were some interesting details in the policy announcements. One in particular immediately struck a nerve with me, as it's one that affects my personal bottom line: the [...]

By | May 10th, 2017|Chequered Flag Chat|0 Comments