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Garry Rogers Motorsport driver James Golding has left the Phillip Island circuit impressed with the young talent who drove the S5000 open wheel race cars today.
As part of evaluation test at the famous Victorian circuit, rising stars Nathan Herne, Cody Burcher and Cooper Webster all completed over 40 laps each.
Trans Am regular Herne drove the car that Luis Leeds drove at the Grand Prix, Formula Ford star Burcher drove the Jack Aitken AGP car, while former karter Webster was given his opportunity thanks to S5000 car and team owner owner Albert Callegher.
The first two sessions were held in controlled conditions, with Golding leading the young chargers around the track to give them an understanding on the lines and styles it takes to get the most out of the V8-powered single seaters.
The remainder of the day saw the young fliers stretch their legs across the 4.4km circuit, with Golding offering driving advice.
All three rookies enjoyed the experience and will consider more testing and racing, if the opportunity arises.
Victorian Reef McCarthy was on hand at the test but did not complete a lap on the day.
The opening round of the VHT S5000 Australian Drivers’ Championship will be held at Sydney Motorsport Park on August 14-15.
James Golding S5000 driver
“My job for the day was to bring the rookies up to speed and answer any questions they have about the S5000 cars,” said Golding.
“I’ve been taking them out on track behind me so they can follow my lines and they all really enjoyed the day.”
“They are awesome cars to drive but you really have to respect them and they’re slowly learning that throughout the day.”
Nathan Herne Trans Am driver
“They’re pretty cool, they’re like a Trans-Am but in an open-wheeler body,” said Herne.
“The S5000 is a rear-engined car so there was still a fair bit to get used to in terms of transferring the weight through the corners. The Trans-Ams really like to use the brakes hard in the mid-corner and get the weight transferred around but the S5000s require a smoother driving style, they don’t like to be flicked around but they’re good fun to drive.
“They are good to drive with the big hoosier tyres on the back. Hoosiers are what I’ve been used to in Trans-Am so there were few things I could relate to with the same brand of tyre on the S5000s.”
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