Ross Forbes will make his long-awaited return to competitive racing in 2024, joining the RX8 Cup Series for round 1 of the championship at Phillip Island.

Born into a successful Motorsport family, Ross, the son of Brian Forbes, is a highly accomplished driver hailing from the Central Coast of NSW. From his beginnings in karting in the early 1980s to his success in various racing disciplines such as sports sedans, tarmac rallying and HQ Holden racing showcases a remarkable career spanning over four decades filled with many achievements and contributions.

Out of the race car, Ross has been involved with Motorsport Australia as an official since 2017 and is also an experienced Medical Car Driver, officiating in many roles around Australia, including multiple Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix events, where he was part of the winning trackside team taking home the Peter Nelson Cup in 2023. Ross frequently chases the supercars field around Bathurst and many other motor racing circuits on the calendar.

Ross will be piloting the medical car for the upcoming Bathurst 12 hour and Bathurst 500 later this month and has also been given the opportunity to be part of the Medical-Extrication team at the 2024 Australian F1 Grand Prix in Melbourne. 

With over forty years of experience in the motor trade, both hands-on and in educating our mechanics of the future. Ross Forbes is a prominent name in his local community, supporting various charitable organisations and initiatives aimed at making a positive impact in youth automotive training.

Ross will drive the #38 Ric Shaw Racing / Odin Racing RX8 Cup car down at Phillip Island, joining a strong 20-car field. Forbes said “I am really looking forward to joining the series and racing at the Island. I know the importance of becoming part of the car and after 80 laps in a RX8 Cup for the first time a few weeks ago, I was hooked straight away”.