V8 Supercars: The sledging former Hi-5 entertainer Charli Robinson has endured as pit-lane reporter

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The greatest feud in Australian motorsport is not over, Mark Skaife revealing he will never forgive Russell Ingall for the “Sydney scuffle” that cost him a V8 championship in 2003.

While most thought the feud ended when the pair shook hands before they began working together on Fox Sports in 2015, Skaife said he would never accept an apology for the infamous Eastern Creek incident, while Ingall revealed the pair had not spoken since he had been axed by Fox.

“The wound will never be closed,” Skaife said.

“Not from a racing perspective. In my career, I have never been driving along in a straight line and had someone fire me into the fence. In a sportsman­ship sense, I have never had such a disastrous day.”

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The infamous moment when Russell Ingall swerved towards a fist-pumping Mark Skaife.
Camera IconThe infamous moment when Russell Ingall swerved towards a fist-pumping Mark Skaife. Credit: Supplied

In arguably the sport’s most infamous act of aggression, Ingall swerved towards a fist-pumping Skaife, who was standing beside his wrecked car after being taken out of the championship-deciding race at Eastern Creek in 2003.

Nicknamed the “Enforcer” in the wake of the incident, Ingall put Skaife into the wall on the previous lap in retaliation for a turn-eight tap.

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Camera IconIngall and Skaife may have shaken hands but a rift still exists between the pair. Credit: News Limited

Thought to have buried the hatchet before the pair began working together as Fox Sports commentators in 2015, the pair have not spoken since Ingall was dumped from the coverage in 2019, Braking News can reveal. “No one has spoken to me from Fox since I was cut,” Ingall said.

“It was not only Mark. We have not spoken at all but I did receive a text from him recently. He sent me a message out of the blue to tell me he liked a couple of things I said on the show I do with Paul Morris.”



One of the best operators in Australian sport is set to join the Supercars board as part of the ownership shake-up that promises to take V8’s into a bold new era.

Braking News can reveal former AFL player turned sport’s management guru Craig Kelly will become a V8 powerbroker when he is appointed to the Supercars board.

Called an AFL “King Maker”, Kelly — along with global sport’s player Barclay Nettleford — will become a huge asset for a sport in major need of a shake-up.

Archer Capital last week sold its majority stake in the business to the Nettleford led and Mark Skaife backed entity known as RACE.



They might have just spent $33 million on upgrades but a savage spray from Shane van Gisbergen has seriously hurt Sydney Motorsport Park.

Claiming to be the “home of Australian motorsport” after installing 134 light poles, enhancing the drag strip and building a centre of excellence, van Gisbergen poured a bucket of rubbish on the tip-side track when he slammed the tyre ripping in two separate interviews.

“This track is just terrible,” the championship leader said. “It is like a cheese grater. The surface here is just … average.



Two-time Bathurst 1000 winner Russell Ingall has found the perfect way to prepare for his Supercars comeback at Mount Panorama this year — manual labour.

The 57-year-old, who will team with teenager Broc Feeney in a wildcard entry for Triple Eight in the Great Race, has been “on the tools” building a new property on the Gold Coast and said he couldn’t have found a better way to get himself physically ready to race.

“I’ve been doing a couple of developments so I’ve been on the shovels,” Ingall said.

“I’m out on the shovels, digging holes in the blaring sun and it’s bloody hot, it’s been 30 degrees, and a couple of the tradies said to me ‘Geez, what are you in the sun for?’ and I said ‘Mate, I’m heat training’.

“All these other latte sippers are out there wandering around on their 20K push bikes in Lycra and I said ‘Mate, there’s no better training than some actual manual labour.

“When you are hulking around 40kg bags of cement, that keeps you going all right.”

In what will be the oldest and youngest driver pairing on the grid, Ingall will team with the young gun who will replace seven-time champion Jamie Whincup at Triple Eight next year.

It will be the 25th V8 start for Ingall in the Bathurst 1000 and his first competitive Supercars hitout since his appearance as a co-driver in the 2016 enduro cup.

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Camera IconCharlie Robinson (centre) during her time with children’s band Hi-5. Credit: News Limited
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Camera IconPit reporter Robinson has been a childhood fan of V8 Supercars. Credit: Supplied


Charli Robinson has revealed some of the sledging she has been forced to endure since the singing and dancing children’s entertainer became a V8 pit-lane reporter.

“It has probably been hard for the viewers thinking ‘What is this Hi-5 chick doing there?’ and I totally understand that dialogue,” Robinson said.

“A lot of people say ‘Is she going to come out in a Big Red Car’ and you think ‘Wrong show’ but I get that.

“But it does prove maybe to those people the appeal of this sport goes beyond just men.

“There are a lot of women and a lot of women in industries that you would not expect — like children’s entertainment — that are just as obsessed as you sitting in your backyard watching every race as well.”

Robinson has also revealed that she grew up with a picture of Dick Johnson on her wall.

“As an absolute obsessed fan since I was a little girl, it’s definitely an incredible feeling to be trackside and right there,” Robinson said.

“I went to pretty much all of the races anyway so they may as well put me to work.”

Robinson, now a mum of two engaged to GT racer Liam Talbot, said she had always coveted a career in motorsport.

“Funnily enough on my first Hi-5 album it says what would you be doing if you weren’t in Hi5 and I wrote V8 Supercar driver,” Robinson said.

“When I was 17 I wrote that on the first album. I would get so cranky if we were performing on a Bathurst day and I would have the TV set up in my dressing room and between every song I would run out and check if anything had happened and then run back on stage.”



Will Brown announced himself as a future star by showing he has both the pace and the race craft to match it with the heavyweights.

While we can no longer use the word surprise when talking about Erebus given they have made killing giants a habit, it was certainly refreshing to see both Brown and Brodie Kostecki fighting at the front.

Brown may have joined the rare few by winning a race in his rookie year had a little luck gone his way.

Well done to everyone at Erebus Motorsport.

Originally published as V8 Supercars: The sledging former Hi-5 entertainer Charli Robinson has endured as pit-lane reporter

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