As I sit here and type, the sound of rain hitting the tarpaulin roof is almost drowning out the arty folk behind me discussing tonight’s Fringe shows. There’s lots of random old wooden doors scattered around, and a rigger is climbing over a stage, just to my right, readying it for tonight’s performance. The place is almost empty, except for the odd staff member who walks past, eying me off. I am of course sitting in the Fringe artists bar, my Clipsal lanyard and Koala Motorsport shirt causing me to stand out a little more than the mo hawked gentleman to my left. The lengths we go to for free wi-fi, right? I guess it’s kind of convenient that the artists bar offers this service and is located right next to the Clipsal circuit.
So why the on-location upload, and the lengthy, somewhat irrelevant intro? Well, for Clipsal 2013 Any Given Reason will be trying something a little bit different for our coverage. We’re jumping on board and helping out as pit crew for Brenton Griguol, racing his Ferrari 360 Challenge in the Australian GT category.
And instead of solely reporting on the event at its conclusion, I’m going to (attempt) to file a report at the conclusion of each day. I’ll save a couple of juicy posts for later (there’s only so much time, and so much free wi-fi), but in these series of posts I’ll be trying to give an insight into what it’s like to race a proper Ferrari GT car on the Adelaide Street Circuit. It’s going to be a lot of work, but it should be fun!
As far as the team is concerned, today was a pretty simple day of setting up. Brenton (aka Goober, left) and Simon (right) have taken care of most things in the leadup. Here they’re pictured doing something important, like real a real pro race team would.
The car itself is an early Ferrari 360 Modena Challenge. At almost 15 years old it’s one of the oldest cars in the field and one of the last 360 Challenge’s still racing at a national level, and as a tribute to its history Goober has applied these 360 numbers for this event. Eagle eyes will pick that these numbers were applied to the first 360 Challenge show car when first launched to the public. I’ll take a closer look at the car in a later post.
It didn’t take long for our next door neighbours, the GB Galvanizing team with a Reiter Engineering Gallardo GT3, to cotton on to the fact that we have a very large stash of lollies. It will be a miracle if we’re able to get through this event without getting diabetes.
It should be an interesting weekend in regards to the V8 Supercars. I proudly announced my disinterest in them during my 2012 Clipsal 500 post, but a lot has changed and there’s now a lot to be interested in. There’s some new, high profile sponsors…
There’s nothing quite as satisfying as properly reversing a trailer, but these guys are on another level. Each of the transporters are parked millimeter perfect, and they’re all put there the old fashioned way.
The preparation is done, so now it’s just a matter of waiting until the action begins. Bring on tomorrow!360 Challenge #Australian GT #Clipsal 500 #Ferrari #Porsche #Save Ferris