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OPENWHEEL ACE SET FOR S5000 DEBUT AT SANDOWN

MEDIA RELEASE/S5000 ARG – Photo: supplied

Tim Berryman is the latest driver to secure a place on the S5000 grid at Sandown this weekend.

Berryman, from Cootamundra in New South Wales, has committed to the all-new S5000 class and will drive one of three Team BRM entries, alongside former F1 ace Rubens Barrichello and Alex Davison.

Berryman, 42, has spent the majority of his racing in open wheelers or prototype sports cars, including stints in Formula Ford, Formula 3 and Radicals.

He won the 2014 Radical Australia Cup and competed at the world-famous Spa Francorchamps in the Radical Masters Euro Series.

In recent times, Berryman has been racing his old Formula 5000-spec Lola in Historic race meeting across Australia.

Berryman will get his first drive of the S5000 car at Phillip Island, joining all of his rivals for a hits-out before practice for S5000 kicks off on Friday, September 20, followed by qualifying and racing on Saturday and Sunday.

Tickets can be pre-purchased or bought at the gate, and for those unable to make it to Sandown for the historic first event, the races will be broadcast live, free and in HD on SBS, or via the Shannons Nationals live stream on Velocity Magazine.

Tim Berryman-Driver, S5000

“I’ve done a lot of racing in open wheelers and big horsepower prototypes, so I feel like I will be ready to take on S5000,” said Tim Berryman. 

“I’m very excited by the whole category. I’m over the moon to be involved in the first event at Sandown. I’ll be in the same garage and the same team as Rubens Barrichello, so it will a real ‘pinch yourself’ moment.

“For me, it’s the perfect race car. High horsepower, wings and slicks, paddle shift and above all else, very safe. There’s nothing else like it anywhere in the world and I feel the fans are going to get behind it.

“I don’t really have any expectations for results. I just want to learn the car as quickly as I can. I have’t not driven it yet, but I think I will get my head around it quickly, hopefully have a clean weekend and be in the mix.”

SANDOWN S5000 TRACK TIMES

FRIDAY
PRACTICE 1 – 12:20pm
PRACTICE 2 – 3:25pm

SATURDAY
QUALIFYING – 11.15am
QUALIFYING HEAT 1 – 2.20pm (Live on SBS)

SUNDAY
QUALIFYING HEAT 2 – 10.05am
MAIN RACE – 2.15pm (Live on SBS)


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