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Todd Kelly: Planes, race cars and better results

Todd Kelly: Planes, race cars and better results

Todd Kelly hasn’t enjoyed a champagne V8 Supercars season so far. Currently 19th in the Championship Series, Kelly endured a tough start to the year, but in recent rounds has fought back, including a top 10 result at the last round at Hidden Valley. Speedcafe.com.au spoke to him Read More

Lee Holdsworth: Accepting praise, moving forward

Lee Holdsworth: Accepting praise, moving forward

Lee Holdsworth has had an up and down 2010 V8 Supercars Championship Series. After receiving high praise from touring car legend John Bowe, Speedcafe.com.au spoke to Holdsworth about HRT, GRM and how he plans to right some wrongs in Townsville Read More

Alex Davison: The future is clearer now

Alex Davison: The future is clearer now

One great result can quickly change people's opinion of certain drivers, and Alex Davison is hoping the rumours about his future with Stone Brothers Racing will end now after his solid performance at Hidden Valley Raceway last weekend. He spoke to Speedcafe.com.au Read More

Garry Coleman: Serving god, racing and the Queen

Garry Coleman: Serving god, racing and the Queen

Garry Coleman is a face you'll see at every V8 Supercars race, but rarely acknowledged – until now. The fastest pastor in the pitlane, Coleman was awarded the highly-prestigious Order of Australia Medal in last Monday's Queens Birthday honours list. Speedcafe.com.au spoke to him ... Read More

Mitch Evans: Testing, racing and linking with the best

Mitch Evans: Testing, racing and linking with the best

New Zealand racer Mitch Evans has raised eyebrows on Australian shores in the past 18 months, winning national Formula Ford and Formula 3 races – and he has some bold plans for the future. The 15-year-old spoke to Speedcafe.com.au about his rapid rise Read More

Paul Morris: Confidence breeds confidence

Paul Morris: Confidence breeds confidence

Paul Morris Motorsport built two new Triple Eight-designed Commodore VEs for the start of this season. The effect of that was meant to be race wins, but they haven't come yet. Speedcafe.com.au spoke to team owner Paul Morris about how it plans to get to the front of the V8 field Read More

Tim Slade: Proving his worth in V8s

Tim Slade: Proving his worth in V8s

Tim Slade is one of the quiet achievers of this year's V8 Supercars Championship Series. Two solid results at Winton has lifted him up to 18th in the points table Read More

Tim Blanchard: Waiting for the right opportunity

Tim Blanchard: Waiting for the right opportunity

Tim Blanchard is one of the quiet achievers in this year's Fujitsu V8 Series – and he was rewarded with a Main Series V8 test in Greg Murphy's Castrol Commodore. Speedcafe.com.au's Grant Rowley spoke with Blanchard about his steady rise and his future plans Read More

David Reynolds: Ready and waiting

David Reynolds: Ready and waiting

David Reynolds has been on the sidelines this year, but is shaping up as one of the big players in next year's driver market. The Walkinshaw Racing endurance driver spoke to Speedcafe about testing, racing and his future plans Read More

Steven Bradbury: The need for speed

Steven Bradbury: The need for speed

Steven Bradbury came to the world's attention when he became Australia's first-ever Winter Olympic gold medalist in 2002. Now, Bradbury has another type of 'speed' that he wants to conquer – motor sport. Speedcafe.com.au's Grant Rowley grabbed Bradbury for a chat while he was competing in the MINI Challenge at QR Read More

Owen Kelly: V8s, America and beyond

Owen Kelly: V8s, America and beyond

Owen Kelly will compete in the V8 Supercars endurance races with Jack Daniel's Racing this year, as well as selected Fujitsu V8 Series races. Speedcafe.com.au caught up with him to find out what his thoughts on V8 racing and his future in America Read More

Tony D’Alberto: Playing with the big boys

Tony D’Alberto: Playing with the big boys

Tony D'Alberto has gone from zero to hero in less than a month. In the past four races, he's qualified in the top 10 three times and is now looking like a genuine V8 contender – all from a single-car 'privateer' team. Speedcafe.com.au's Grant Rowley spoke to D'Alberto about his swift form turn Read More

Will Davison: A difficult start, but no future panic

Will Davison: A difficult start, but no future panic

In comparison to last year's V8 Championship Series, Will Davison is languishing in the points standings ... and he's coming up to contract renewal time. Speedcafe.com.au's Grant Rowley spoke to the third-generation driver about how he plans to move forward Read More

Roland Dane: A close eye on the future

Roland Dane: A close eye on the future

Roland Dane recently threw his support behind young Aussie F1 hopeful Scott Pye, and he has his eye on him for the future. But in the short-term, the Triple Eight team boss has next weekend’s round of the V8 Supercars Championship Series at Hamilton to worry about ... Read More

Garry Rogers: Fond of the current formula

Garry Rogers: Fond of the current formula

Garry Rogers spoke to Speedcafe.com.au about his impressions on the Car of the Future, his thoughts on cost saving and the chance of his long-standing Holden team switching to a 'new' manufacturer ... Read More

Greg Rust: Busiest week of the year

Greg Rust: Busiest week of the year

Network Ten's Formula One host Greg Rust has been the face of F1 in Australia for many years now, and after a sluggish start to the year in Bahrain, he predicts that we'll be in for a treat of a race at Albert Park this weekend Read More

Chris Styring: New job, new direction

Chris Styring: New job, new direction

Chris Styring is Ford Australia's new motorsport manager – starting with the blue oval just before the start of this year's V8 Supercars Championship Series. Speedcafe.com.au's Grant Rowley spoke to him at last weekend's Clipsal 500 ... Read More

Marcus Marshall: My best chance at Bathurst

Marcus Marshall: My best chance at Bathurst

Marcus Marshall has endured a stop-start V8 Supercar career to date. After failing to secure a regular drive this year, he resorted to signing with Jim Beam Racing for the endurance races – and he says that it's his best opportunity to win V8's two biggest races of the year Read More

Martin Whitaker: Sun, sand … and now surf!

Martin Whitaker: Sun, sand … and now surf!

Martin Whitaker is the new V8 Supercars Chief Executive Officer, starting at the fourth round of the Championship Series at Hamilton’s street track in New Zealand. Speedcafe.com.au spoke to him about Bahrain, his new role and new life … Read More

Greg Murphy: My season starts here

Greg Murphy: My season starts here

Greg Murphy’s V8 Supercars Championship Series starts this weekend at Bahrain – two races after everybody else kicked off their title campaigns. He spoke to Speedcafe.com.au about getting back in the seat, how hard he needs to push and his thoughts on the Bahrain circuit Read More

Tony Ricciardello: Back in the Main Game

Tony Ricciardello: Back in the Main Game

Tony Ricciardello was announced as the fourth driver at Kelly Racing, completing the 2010 V8 Supercars Championship Series entry list and Speedcafe.com.au’s Grant Rowley about his new role, his expectations and what he’s going to do with his famous Alfa Sports Sedan … Read More

Ross Stone: On top after Day 1

Ross Stone: On top after Day 1

Ross Stone, team principal of Stone Brothers Racing left yesterday’s first V8 Supercars test session at Queensland Raceway a happy-chappy after his driver Shane van Gisbergen finished on top of the time sheet Read More

Cody Crocker

Cody Crocker

Cody Crocker is the toast of the Asia Pacific rally work, having wrapped up his fourth-successive APRC title – surpassing Possum Bourne as the winningest-driver. But all of his success hasn't guaranteed him a drive this year. Speedcafe.com.au spoke to him today for our Wednesday Cafe Chat ... Read More

Dean Fiore: Sponsors, cars and engineers

Dean Fiore: Sponsors, cars and engineers

Dean Fiore has had a busy off-season, preparing his new Queensland-based team from his home in West Australia. Fiore will race for his own team – Triple F Racing – driving Fabian Coulthard’s ex-Wilson Security Racing Ford Falcon FG. Speedcafe.com.au spoke to him today Read More

Simon McNamara: Holden domination, nothing less

Simon McNamara: Holden domination, nothing less

Simon McNamara is Holden Motorsport’s manager, and he pulls no punches when it comes to his desire to see ‘The Lion’ dominate V8 Supercar racing. At today’s launch of Holden’s flagship outfit – the Toll Holden Racing Team – McNamara told Speedcafe.com.au’s Grant Rowley that winning is everything, and anything short of victories and podiums in every race is (almost) a failure … Read More

Tony Stewart: Combining a vacation with racing

Tony Stewart: Combining a vacation with racing

Two-time NASCAR Sprint Cup and 1997 IndyCar Series Champion Tony Stewart came to Australia recently for a vacation, combined it with the sport he loved by racing at Tyrepower Parramatta City Raceway and had a blast. Speedcafe caught up with Stewart during his trip Down Under Read More

Fabian Coulthard: Race wins first, then a V8 title

Fabian Coulthard: Race wins first, then a V8 title

Fabian Coulthard has enjoyed a meteoric rise through the motor racing ranks, including stints in overseas open-wheel racing, Carrera Cup and V8 Supercars. Now, he's with a team that can win him a title. Speedcafe's Grant Rowley spoke to him Read More

Jack Wyatt: A US Nitro racer Aussie-bound

Jack Wyatt: A US Nitro racer Aussie-bound

US drag racing veteran Jack Wyatt is Aussie-bound this January for the USA vs AUS Nitro Funny Car Challenge at Willowbank Raceway, and took some time out to chat to Speedcafe from his Iowa base about how he feels about his upcoming Down Under journey. Read More

Bruce Garland: The ultimate rally adventure

Bruce Garland: The ultimate rally adventure

Australian Dakar Rally team owner and driver Bruce Garland spoke to Speedcafe about driving an Isuzu D-Max through South America and his preparations and expectations for the upcoming race Read More

Will Davison: Second is the first of the losers

Will Davison: Second is the first of the losers

Will Davison had his best year in the V8 Supercar Championship Series, finishing second behind his good mate Jamie Whincup. Speedcafe spoke to Will Davison and asked him to reflect on his season, the areas he thinks he can improve and his season highlight ... Read More

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