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Chequered Flag Chat - chatting about all things motorsport!
Feb 3, 2021
Tony Bates is the epitome of the gentleman racer, a highly successful entrepreneur whose preferred recreational pursuit is driving fast race cars. These days he drives an Audi R8 GT3 car but his beginnings are far more humble. Here’s the story of how Tony went from “smashing into everything bar the ambulance” during his 2002 racing debut to winning the Carrera Cup TAG Heuer Challenge national title in 2016.
1 hr 11 min
Nov 9, 2020
Daniel Flanagan - Motorsport and Road Safety
If you live in Canberra and you’ve learned to drive recently, there’s a fair chance you’ve been taught by an instructor from the Fifth Gear Motoring school and spent some time in one of their Mini Coopers. Fifth Gear Motoring is owned by Daniel Flanagan, a racing competitor with a passion for driver education. On this episode of Chequered Flag Chat, Daniel talks about the links between motorsport and road safety.
1 hr 5 min
Oct 10, 2020
2020 Bathurst 1000 preview
It’s Bathurst time! In a special Great Race preview episode of Chequered Flag Chat, sports journalist Shane Jones joins Lachlan Mansell to discuss some of the variations and rule changes for this year’s event, as well as assessing the chances for each of the 25 cars in the field.
2 hr 8 min
Sep 23, 2020
He has more than four decades of experience racing in events such as the Bathurst 1000, Bathurst 12 Hour and Nurburgring 24 Hour, and now Phil Alexander is using that expertise for the benefit of the motorsport community, providing the knowledge and logistics to help new people enter the sport. On this episode of Chequered Flag Chat, Phil fascinates us with some of the enthralling stories from his career, as well as talking about the services provided by his RaceAway Track Time operation.
1 hr 23 min
Sep 7, 2020
Maddi Scordia - The Changing Nature of Motorsport Sponsorship
Motorsport sponsorship used to be solely about exposure and brand awareness – put a sticker on a race car, spectators will notice and recognise the brand. These days though, sponsorship is about so much more than that – it involves elements such as staff and customer incentives, business-to-business networking opportunities and various other benefits. On this episode, we look at the changing nature of motorsport sponsorship – why companies continue to invest and how they justify the expenditure. Our guest is Maddi Scordia-Smith, who has a wealth of experience in the digital marketing arena, inside and outside the motor-racing industry.
Aug 4, 2020
Matt Braid is CEO of the Australian Racing Group (ARG), which runs a suite of national categories including TCR Australia, S5000, Trans Am Australia and Touring Car Masters, along with the Bathurst 6 Hour and Bathurst International events. In our chat, Matt talked about his time at Supercars, and prior to that, his roles in the automotive industry including his stint as Managing Director of Volvo Cars Australia.
Jul 21, 2020
Category Critique: Formula Ford
The Australian Formula Ford Championship has been in existence for more than half a century and it’s still going strong. In our category critique, we look at Formula Ford's history, advantages and disadvantages and investigate why it has such an amazing record for breeding future stars of the sport. 2015 Australian Formula Ford Champion Cameron Hill joins podcast host Lachlan Mansell to break down the ins and outs of the category.
Jul 15, 2020
The Benalla Auto Club is unique among Australian car clubs in that it owns not just one, but two permanent racing circuits – Winton and Wakefield Park. It also controls the Australian Auto Sport Alliance (the AASA) and the Australian Motor Racing Series (the AMRS). Our guest this week is the CEO of the BAC Group - Chris Lewis-Williams. Chris has been in the top job for almost five years and in our chat he talks about the progression of the businesses in the last five years, highlights, challenges and plans for the future.
1 hr 15 min
Jul 7, 2020
What will the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic be on the Australian motorsport industry? How will the current circumstances change the progression pathways for young racing drivers aspiring to forge a professional career? How will state and national categories be affected? On this episode of Chequered Flag Chat, Lachlan Mansell and Dave Stillwell tackle the big questions.
Jun 29, 2020
He may not have quite reached the household celebrity status of his son Grant, but Craig Denyer has an extensive CV that includes program director roles at some of Australia’s biggest commercial radio stations, motorsport commentary at some of Australia’s largest events and administration for categories such as V8 Utes, Australian GT and TA2 and events such as the Bathurst 12 Hour. In a fascinating podcast episode, Craig talks about his career and also offers some forthright views on the current state of play in the Aussie motorsport industry.
1 hr 1 min
Jun 23, 2020
Lucy in the Sky in Timing
Lucy Hatton is an experienced motorsport timekeeper, who has officiated at some of Australia’s highest level motorsport events including the Supercars Championship and Bathurst 12 Hour. As well as explaining her journey from car enthusiast to motorsport official, Lucy discusses the evolution of timing technology. WARNING: some aspects of this podcast reach three pens in the pocket levels of nerdiness.
1 hr 17 min
Jun 15, 2020
When it comes to motorsport, Garth Walden has done a bit of everything. He's raced V8 Supercars in the main-game, including a start in the Bathurst 1000. He’s also raced production and improved production cars, GT cars, Porsches, Radicals, Sports Sedans, LMP3 cars and won the World Time Attack Challenge three times. These days, Garth is kept busy managing his large-scale GWR Australia operation, which runs more than 35 cars across a widespread array of motorsport categories. In our Chequered Flag Chat, we discuss all of the above and also delve into the original "Team Sydney" concept that almost - but not quite - made the V8 Supercars Championship grid in 2008.
May 18, 2020
Gerald McDornan Part 2
Gerald McDornan may not be widely known outside of the motorsport industry, but he was one of the key figures responsible for ensuring motorsport received the widespread mainstream media coverage it deserved. In Part 2 of his chat with Lachy Mansell, Gerald talked about running his Veracity Media communications business, the current state of play in the Australian motorsport landscape, and he opened up on his infamous altercation with a high-profile Aussie motorsport personality in a Texas bar in 2013.
1 hr 3 min
May 18, 2020
Gerald McDornan Part 1
Gerald McDornan may not be widely known outside of the motorsport industry, but he was one of the key figures responsible for ensuring motorsport received the widespread mainstream media coverage it deserved. In Part 1 of his chat with Lachy Mansell, Gerald talked about his introduction to motorsport media and commentary through drag racing, and his early years working on PR for Holden Motorsport.
1 hr 1 min
May 11, 2020
With a total of 10 national titles across three different categories, Geoff Emery is arguably the most successful non-professional driver in Australian motorsport history. In our chat, Geoff tells the stories of his introduction to motorsport through the Commodore Cup national series, his progression to the Supercars Development Series and his more recent exploits in Australian GT.
May 4, 2020
Matt Baragwanath Part 2
In Part 2 of our chat with AMRS Series Manager Matt Baragwanath, we discuss the challenges he encountered during his time as manager at Wakefield Park, his role with the Australian Grand Prix corporation and his goals for the development of the Australian Motor Racing Series (AMRS).
1 hr 15 min
Apr 28, 2020
Chequered Flag Chat - Matt Baragwanath Part 1
In Part 1 of our chat with AMRS Series Manager Matt Baragwanath, we discuss his entry into motorsport and how he went from a successful real estate agent to motorsport operations manager at Sandown Raceway.
Jan 27, 2020
Chequered Flag Chat 2020 Bathurst 12 Hour preview
Commentators Lachlan Mansell and Dave Stillwell preview the 2020 Liqui Moly Bathurst 12 Hour.
1 hr 32 min
Jan 28, 2019
Chequered Flag Chat 2019 Bathurst 12 Hour Preview
Motorsport commentators Lachlan Mansell and Dave Stillwell preview the 2019 Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour.
1 hr 35 min
Jan 29, 2018
CFC 2018 Bathurst 12 Hour Preview
Motorsport commentators Lachlan Mansell and Dave Stillwell give a comprehensive, in-depth preview into the 2018 Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour.
1 hr 25 min