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KIWI HOTSHOT SET FOR S5000 DEBUT AT SANDOWN

MEDIA RELEASE/S5000 Championship – Photo: supplied

New Zealand rising star Taylor Cockerton has secured one of the final places on the S5000 grid ahead of the historic opening event at the suburban Melbourne circuit.

Cockerton, 21, will be run by MTEC Motorsport – the team now expanding to run three S5000 entries along with Brabham and Tim Macrow.

Born and raised in Pukekohe, New Zealand, Cockerton is a wings and slicks specialist. He won the 2014/15 New Zealand Formula Ford Championship before spending three years in the competitive Toyota Racing Series in New Zealand, driving for the MTEC team, as well as driving in the 2017 Asian Masters Series.

Cockerton will get his first taste of their S5000 cars at Phillip Island today in a private test session for all 12 confirmed cars, ahead of a jam-packed weekend of action at Sandown.

A 13th and final entry will be at the Island tomorrow, and the driver/team combination will be announced in due course.

The field is headlined by former Formula 1 race winner Rubens Barrichello and Australian international Matthew Brabham, with a field full of young guns and established stars keen to etch their name into history as the inaugural S5000 race winners.

Practice 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 here on Velocity Motorsport Magazine.


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