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SENSATIONAL SPORTS CAR INVITATIONAL SET FOR THE BEND

MEDIA RELEASE/The Bend Motorsport Park and the SA Sports Car Invitational – Photo: Velocity Magazine

A BUMPER field of 22 cars will tackle the opening round of the South Australian Sports Car Invitational Series this weekend, at the OTR Super Sprint at The Bend Motorsport Park.

The first of a three-round series based entirely in SA, the opening event has attracted a who’s who of local Sports Car racing, including several former Australian Prototype Series Champions and a broad array of cars.

The field will tackle a trio of timed 30-minute races this weekend, each featuring a compulsory pit stop.

While no technical Balance of Performance (BoP) measures will be imposed on the cars themselves – allowing them to race as hard as possible – a timed pit stop will help to level the competition between the varied field.

The grid features leading contenders from the Australian Prototype Series, plus a host of new competitors and familiar faces. 

Two-time Australian Prototype Series Champion Mark Laucke and 2018 champion Jason Makris headline a seven-strong charge of Wolf CN Prototype entries, the largest gathering of the Italian-built cars on Australian soil to this point.

Makris qualified on pole and won the opening race of this year’s Australian Prototype Series held in Sydney this year, before the championship was put on hold due to the pandemic.

APS frontrunner John-Paul Drake, Marty Ewer, Blake Purdie, Glen Stallbaum and Chien-Wen Liew will also field Wolf Prototypes, run by The Bend-based Jam Motorsport.

The Radical SR3 contingent will be headlined by the experienced duo of Garth Walden and Michael Almond, who will split the races in the No. 24 Garth Walden Racing entry.

Yasser Shahin, in his The Bend-supported SR3, is also expected to be a key contender this weekend.

Mark Laucke, driving his Wolf GB08 Tornado, and Shahin split the victories in a pair of one-hour races for Sports Cars held at The Bend during the Asian Le Mans Series event in January this year.    

A large gathering of West, Prince and Stohr Sports Racing cars are also entered, their lighter weight and nimble handling a potential bonus on the tighter West circuit layout being utilised at The Bend this weekend.

Three open-wheel cars will also join the mixed field and are expected to be competitive on an outright level.

While Tim Cook will steer his Firman F1000 open-wheeler, a pair of Formula Toyota FT-40s should also prove extremely competitive.

Based permanently at The Bend and utilised as part of the venue’s Michelin Driver Experience program, the Tatuus-built cars were raced in the highly regarded New Zealand-based Toyota Racing Series up to the 2014 season.

Sam Shahin will drive one car while the other will be in the hands of teenager Sebastian Amadio, who has cut his teeth in the high-speed world of Superkarts in South Australia.

The SA Sports Car Invitational field will contest three races across the weekend, following single practice and qualifying sessions on Saturday morning.

Selected sessions will be broadcast live on Fox Sports 506 and Kayo Sports this weekend.

SCHEDULE

Saturday, September 26

10:15-10:45 – Sports Cars – Practice 1
12:20-12:40 – Sports Cars – Qualifying
5:00-5:35 – Sports Cars – Race 1

Sunday, September 27

8:20-8:55 – Sports Cars – Race 2
10:45-11:20 – Sports Cars – Race 3

Car No Sponsor/Team Driver State Model
2 On Demand Electrical Tim Cook SA Firman F1000
3 Mindfulness & Somatic Trauma Therapy (MASTT) / Copyworld / Scotch College Adelaide Wellbeing / Jam Motorsport Marty Ewer SA Wolf Tornado
7 The Bend Motorsport Park Yasser Shahin SA Radical RSX
8 Nippy’s / Jam Motorsport Blake Purdie SA Wolf GB08 CN
9 Hankook, SA Motorsport Tyres, Redarc, Winguard Matthew Nietz SA West WR1000
13 The Bend Motorsport Park Samer Shahin SA Toyota FT40
16 MSR Motorsport Fabrication Mark Short SA Prince LSR
18 Orthopaedics 360 / Jam Motorsport Chien-Wen Liew SA Wolf GB 08CN Turbo
19 Now Global Logistics Ian Eldridge SA Stohr WF1
22 Amadio Wines/A Mothers Milk/Gilles Plains Paint & Panel/Empowered Auto Parts/SA Life/Karasek Wines/ Walkinshaw Andretti United Sebastien Amadio SA Toyota FT40
23 Andrawos Auto Philip Andrawos SA West LMP4
24 GWR/Royal Purple/Sydney Composites Garth Walden NSW Radical SR3RS
24 GWR/Royal Purple/Sydney Composites Michael Almond SA Radical SR3RS
26 The Bend Motorsport Park Sebastian Lip SA Radical SR3RS
33   Michael Whiting SA Radical TBA
44 Gold Coast Marine / Jam Motorpsort Jason Makris QLD Wolf Tornado
55 Laucke Flour Mills / Jam Motorsport Mark Laucke SA Wolf GB08 Tornado
66 Jam Motorsport John-Paul Drake SA Wolf GB08 CN
69 Team BRM Brenton Griguol SA Radical SR3RSX
78 Suzsam Investments / Jam Motorsport Brian Smith SA West WX10
80 On Demand Electrical Graeme Cook SA Radical SR3
89 Aldom Motorsport Bodies Mark Haig SA WEST WR1000
99 Great Northern Decorators Glen Stallbaum QLD Wolf GB08 SM

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