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Epic Aussie Racing Car save

By Scott Newman, 16 May 2017 News

Super sideways in the rain at Symmons Plains

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Aussie Racing Cars are difficult little beasts to tame.

A short wheelbase, high levels of grip and screaming naturally-aspirated engines means there’s a real art to extracting the best from them. And that’s in the dry.

Add in some moisture, or in the case of the recent Symmons Plains Supercar round, a complete monsoon that even Noah would’ve found a bit much, and things become even more hairy.

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Jaie Robson and Blake Sciberras had a race-long battle for the lead, their mini Mustangs slithering and sliding as they attempted to cut through the water.

Both cars were constantly sideways, but Sciberras had arguably the save of the race at the start of lap 4, backing the car into turn one and somehow staying on the black stuff.

You can watch the full race below.

Sciberras recovered and kept the pressure on throughout the entire eight-lap race, however Robson would take the win by a mere 0.212sec, though all drivers were probably just happy to survive the ordeal.

Nonetheless, after three rounds of the seven-round 2017 season, Sciberras holds a narrow three-point lead in the standings.

The next round of the Aussie Racing Car series takes place in Townsville on July 7-9 before continuing on to Sydney Motorsport Park, the Gold Coast and the new Newcastle season finale.

Aussie Racing Cars use space frame chassis powered by 1.2-litre four-cylinder engines that scream to 11,500rpm and a five-speed sequential gearbox. Weighing just 450kg, they can reach 230km/h.