GATTON Aussie Race Car driver Brendon Pingel has a new car for a new season with new rules for 2013.
Gone is the older, Aurion Aussie Racing Car, Pingel campaigned in 2012, in favour of the very latest Holden Cruze, built with a host of new technical upgrades and most importantly of all a brake upgrade, which was the source of many of Pingel's problems last season.
Pingel will run a private team with father Derek and long-time Aussie Racing car crew member Darryl Cowan and the support of League Motorsport Australia.
Unfortunately, test time has been kept to a minimum due to the poor weather, but Pingel is looking forward to the first race of the season at the Clipsal 500 against 40 other drivers including 16 new race teams.
"I'm absolutely fired up and ready for Clipsal in the new car which looks and feels absolutely sensational," Pingel said
The Cruze features lots of enhancements from the previous model's such as a comprehensive high-technology data dash system, AP Formula 3 racing brakes, cockpit adjustable brake bias system, twin split tailshaft, together with lots of other upgrades, making the new Cruze the most sophisticated Aussie Racing Car ever built.
On the downside, the new Cruze is also the heaviest ever built.
However this year sees the introduction of a minimum weight limit of 595kg.
In only his third season, Pingel hopes to improve and capitalise on his 2011 Rookie of the Year, and fifth place in the 2012 championship.
He was also the Aussie Racing Car factory team's number one driver for the past two years.
The series is a favourite with motorsport fans.
All races this year are full support category to the V8 Supercar championship, and throughout the year will feature on the Channel 7 V8 Supercar telecasts.