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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

Chequered Flag Chat: Dubai Debrief

It's early Thursday morning at the Dubai Autodrome, and the back of the pits is buzzing with activity. Crew members are scurrying backwards and forwards between the freight containers and the garages, carrying equipment here and there and completing final preparations before the cars hit the track for official practice. A total of 91 cars [...]

By | 2018-01-14T18:40:29+00:00 January 14th, 2018|Chequered Flag Chat|0 Comments

Chequered Flag Chat: 7 Motorsport Commentator Dating Essentials

So it's the motorsport off-season and you've finally managed to nail down that special motor-racing announcer you've been chasing all year, and convinced him to take you on a date. It feels like it's going well and might lead to something... but before you commit to anything too serious, there are some things you need [...]

By | 2018-01-04T15:03:01+00:00 January 4th, 2018|Chequered Flag Chat|0 Comments

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 | 2017-12-16T13:49:39+00:00 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 | 2017-12-05T20:19:27+00:00 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 | 2017-11-29T14:43:12+00:00 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 | 2017-11-08T19:49:15+00:00 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 | 2017-10-27T19:24:32+00:00 October 25th, 2017|Chequered Flag Chat|0 Comments