MEDIA RELEASE/RX8 Series – Photo: RX8 Series FB
A strong field of nineteen Cars lines up for round two of the RX8 Cup series at Sydney Motorsport Park.
Round one at Wakefield saw a real changing of the guard for RX8 Cup as some of the new and younger competitors pushed their way up the grid proving that youth can win out over experience.
The opening round was taken out by rookie racer and RX8 new comer Ryan Gorton who put in a remarkable effort to take pole and three wins from the four races. There was a strong showing from Matthew Butters who made the trip up the Hume Highway from Melbourne to take second place. Justin Barnes showed experience and skill to take third place.
As our attention turns to round two at Sydney Motorsport the top three from round one will all line up to battle it out again. Highlighting the growth of the category the RX8 Cup category will be joined by three competitors having their first taste of RX8 Cup racing. Mark Alder, Gavin Furner and Mark Wilks all will be mixing it with the established competitors.
Many of the recognised competitors return for round two with, Aiden Riley positioned well after finishing fourth – his best finish to date in RX8 Cup. Also much is expected of Jake Lougher at this round, he sits in fifth position after suffering mechanical issues in round one.
Jason Gawler, Bryden Slater, Elliot Malouf will all battle it out in the mid pack.
The effervescent Masie Place will be back after her best and most consistent showing at Wakefield Park, on the fringe of the top ten and improving all the time.
Returning from last year are Shannon McLaine, Nandi Kiss and Brad Harris. All are expected to be fast and in the mix for podium places come Sunday afternoon.
Jackson Noakes and Jack Pennacchia – are both hopping for better runs after their first round outings. Jackson weekend finished early due to a racing incident and Jack experienced some mechanical gremlins with a brand new car – but had a good outing for the final race of the day.
The ever improving Tom Shaw will also be out searching for some consistency on his home track, as too Sam Silvestro who will be looking to bounce back after round one.
Series creator and category manager Ric Shaw said “I am once again thrilled with the entry list for RX8 Cup in these challenging times. There is a great mix of youth and experience with RX8 cup rapidly building as the best one make series in Australia.” When asked why RX8 Cup is such a success – Ric went on to indicate “it is a series created by racers for racers, the emphasise is on simple rules with limited modification in a truly exciting car to drive – the RX8. The cars are cheap to build, cheap to run – but yet the category brings the professionalism and fun of motorsport”
The only remaining question is who will bring home the RX8 Cup in 2020!
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