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Chequered Flag Chat: A One-Make Series That Works

One-make racing series for relatively affordable cars have come and gone from the Australian motor racing scene over the last few decades, with varying levels of success. In the 1980s, the Ford Laser Series had a widespread presence, and was contested by the likes of Mark Skaife and David Brabham, among others. Fast-forward to the [...]

By | 2018-07-10T17:33:15+00:00 July 10th, 2018|Chequered Flag Chat|0 Comments

Chequered Flag Chat: Continuing to Defy the Status Quo

“It’s better to ask for forgiveness than permission.” “Don’t take no for an answer, not just means not now.” In March 2014, I was working in the admin office at Wakefield Park when an attractive girl in a race suit walked in, to sign on for a practice day. Obviously, I decided she was a [...]

By | 2018-07-03T16:42:04+00:00 July 3rd, 2018|Chequered Flag Chat|0 Comments

Chequered Flag Chat: Points for Further Discussion

Recently, motorsport analyst and V8 Sleuth Aaron Noonan wrote a discussion piece about Bathurst, and whether or not it should be worth double points in the Supercars Championship. Given Noonz was recently married, we can forgive him for having more important activities in his life than working out what the results of recent championships would [...]

By | 2018-06-21T11:45:12+00:00 June 18th, 2018|Chequered Flag Chat|0 Comments

Chequered Flag Chat: A Different Path to Racing SuCXCess

Last year’s Toyota 86 Series was won by Jimmy Vernon, while Cameron Hill came second. Nothing too surprising there; a couple of young guns with professional career ambitions finishing at the pointy end of the field. There were plenty of other drivers who could accurately be described as young guns scattered throughout the rest of [...]

By | 2018-06-04T16:29:47+00:00 June 4th, 2018|Chequered Flag Chat|0 Comments

Chequered Flag Chat: More Than Just a State Round

This weekend’s CAMS NSW Motor Racing Championship race meeting at Wakefield Park has attracted some of the best-credentialled drivers ever seen for a state-level event at the Goulburn circuit. Commentator Lachlan Mansell runs his eye over the form guide. It might be branded as a state-level event, but this weekend’s CAMS NSW Championship round at [...]

By | 2018-05-22T12:55:41+00:00 May 22nd, 2018|Chequered Flag Chat|0 Comments

Chequered Flag Chat: From Racing to the Real World

Market Relevance. It’s become a buzz-phrase in the motorsport industry for racing categories trying to justify making certain decisions, mainly in terms of structuring technical regulations in a way that encourages manufacturer involvement. Indeed, market relevance has long been a core component of motor racing, because manufacturers feel that if they are to derive value [...]

By | 2018-05-07T19:59:56+00:00 May 7th, 2018|Chequered Flag Chat|0 Comments

Chequered Flag Chat: Five Things We Learned from AMRS Round 1

The opening round of the brand-new Australian Motor Racing Series was run at Winton last weekend and by every objective measure it was a success, with 180 entries across 10 different categories, and more than 20,000 viewers on the live stream.   Here are five things we learned from the weekend.   1. New categories [...]

By | 2018-03-19T18:59:55+00:00 March 19th, 2018|Chequered Flag Chat|0 Comments

Chequered Flag Chat: Remembering Ashley Cooper, 10 Years On

23 February 2008 started out as just a normal Saturday at Charles Sturt University. I was chilling in my dorm room, no doubt recovering from a hangover sustained at uni bar the night before, attempting to work on assignments but procrastinating by browsing through Facebook (which was still very much in its infancy in 2008). But what happened that [...]

By | 2018-02-22T20:59:52+00:00 February 21st, 2018|Chequered Flag Chat|0 Comments

Chequered Flag Chat: The Safety Car/Code 60 Debate

Are Safety Cars actually that safe? Or are there alternatives that are both safer and fairer? It’s a topic I’ve written about before, but after watching a total of 47 laps under Safety Car conditions during this year’s Bathurst 12 Hour, witnessing a workable alternative (the Code 60 system) at the recent Dubai 24 Hour [...]

By | 2018-02-20T10:36:38+00:00 February 19th, 2018|Chequered Flag Chat|0 Comments

Chequered Flag Chat: Bathurst 12 Hour Preview Podcast

PHOTO: Insyde Media For something a bit different on Chequered Flag Chat, we decided to have... an actual chat! Join commentators Lachlan Mansell and Dave Stillwell as they provide a comprehensive preview for the 2018 Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour.    

By | 2018-01-29T19:05:12+00:00 January 28th, 2018|Chequered Flag Chat|0 Comments