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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.
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
|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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