Ventkhana 2017

For the first Venturer Motorsport event this year we had 55 drivers at the starting line. Nine units formed 11 teams for Ventkhana 2017 in early May. Autumn turned on the charm during the weekend with warm days and clear skies. A sensational backdrop for the racing. Day 1 We started out on our flats…

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2017 Forest Rally – Thrills and Spills

In late April we took a team of six cars to seaside town of Busselton for round two of the WA Rally Championship. The Make Smoking History Forest Rally is the biggest event on the calendar, spanning nearly three days. It is a round of Australian Rally Championship which attracts some interstate teams as well.…

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Performance Race Gear – Gravel Action Sprint Round 1

Round 1 of our Gravel Action Sprint series ran toward the end of March. It had been a culmination of several months of work behind the scenes and physically on the ground. No longer the realm of full rally cars, new vehicle and competitor requirements opened up entries to a wider audience. Construction of a…

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How rallying helped a young driver to the pinnacle of Australian motor racing.

From Hyundai Excel to V8 Supercars Alex Rullo has been squarely in the limelight for the last couple of years and rightly so. At the ripe old age of just 16, he is the youngest ever driver to contest the Virgin Australia Supercar Championship.  This year he will be part of the revered Lucas Dumbrell…

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Fitting a Hydraulic handbrake to a Ford Fiesta rally car

R1 Spec Ford Fiesta Effectively the R1 spec Ford Fiesta is an entry level into the Word Rally Championship (WRC). The class was developed by Ford and M-Sport based on the production model car. Many of us are probably familiar with the Fiesta World Rally Car or Ken Block’s Gymkhana machines. Ford wanted to include a…

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What is a Rally Sprint? Get into rally without the extras.

Rally Sprint 101 In a nutshell, a rally sprint is a mini rally without the extras. A leaner, meaner, version that has been on the treadmill and shed a few kilos. Generally a rally sprint will be comprised of one or two stages of limited distance, say 4 – 6km. There are usually no time…

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World Rally Championship 2017 – Take a closer look

The 2017 WRC Get to know the WRC. The new rules, cars who is competing and the calendar. What is it? The 2017 World Rally Championship (WRC) marks the 45th running of the series. Governed by the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA), it is the pinnacle of international rally. Teams comprised of; drivers, co-drivers and service crews race…

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The cycle of rally – Group B to WRC and back again

The cycle of world rallying is set to continue as this year draws to a close. As we plan for 2017, let’s take a look back at the last three decades and see why. Winding the clock back Group B By the mid 80’s the WRC’s premier category was Group B. The loose rules allowed…

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How to become a Rally Driver Part 7 – How to build a rally car

How to build a rally car Over the years I’ve heard plenty of reasons why buying a used rally car is a great idea. Certainly it can save a lot of time if you pick the right one. If you get it wrong, you could end up needing to fully rebuild it. Sometimes the best…

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2016 Darling 200 Rally – Causing an upset in the Clubman Cup!

The final rally of 2016 was the decider of the Clubman Cup series and an all two wheel drive affair.  Known for its slippery surface and narrow roads, the Darling 200 was based in Jarrahdale to the southeast of Perth. Last year the rally had seen temperatures of 39°, this year the weather dawned cool…

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