AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL TRUCK RACING ORGANISATION
Truck racing began in Australia in 1988 at a rain soaked Calder Park raceway in Melbourne. The race trucks were simply road-going tractor/prime mover units, which were unhooked from their trailers, had a race seat and harness fitted, then put onto the track to race.
In the early days, truck race meetings were one-off events held throughout Australia. However, the sport has evolved into the form that it is today.
A regular series was developed with rounds in various states of Australia. Regulations have been changed, with all trucks being required to be a single drive unit, minus sleepers and other accessories which had been present in the past.
The trucks became purpose built racing machines, built simply to race and never pull a trailer or load again. In 1993, the rule book was re-written and the ‘A’ class was renamed to Supertrucks and the formula was opened up to greater modifications for racing.
At the same time as the Supertruck formula was changing, another truck racing formula was established. The Light Truck category was introduced which had become predominantly Isuzu SBR/FSR but available to any vehicle under the 3 Tonne, 7500 cc engine capacity.
The Light Trucks intention was to create a class of race truck, which was more economical, lighter in weight and more nimble than their Supertruck counterparts which attracted more budget conscious rev heads who wanted to get involved in truck racing.