He may have only re-appeared on the racing scene in 2016, but in the late-1990s Ben Walsh was one of Australia’s hottest international motorsport prospects.
After a successful career in karting and HQ Holdens in the early 90s, Walsh made the move overseas to chase the Formula 1 dream, racing in British Formula Ford and French Formula Renault, before contesting selected Asian open-wheel categories.
Walsh won the prestigious FIA International Asian Drivers’ Championship in 1998 and received a drive with the T.O.M.S. Toyota team to contest the Japanese F3 Championship in ’99.
Sadly, a mechanical failure caused Walsh to crash heavily in testing at Fuji, the injuries he sustained effectively ending his international ambitions.
Returning to motorsport two years ago via the Aussie Racing Car Series, Walsh returned to the winners circle by claiming the Masters Cup title, and will race a Toyota Hilux SuperUte in 2018.