The Australian Motor Racing Series (AMRS) has revealed a jam-packed schedule for this weekend’s final round at Sydney Motorsport Park, heading the first running of the Saloon Car Nationals since 2019.
Competitors will travel from Western Australia to compete for the honor of national champion in the six-cylinder Holden vs. Ford category, with Grant Johnson making the trek across the continent as he tries to maintain the coveted #1 plate.
Johnson won the previous Saloon Car Nationals in 2019, but he also has a distinguished history in several other categories, including the V8 Utes Series, which he won in 2007 and 2010.
Johnson’s main opposition is set to come with teammate West Australian Rick Gill, South Australian Shaun Jamieson and Joel Heinrich, both past saloon car champions.
Saloon Car Nationals will be included in the program by a selection of core AMRS categories, including the TA2 Muscle Car Series.
After a major clean sweep in the final round in Queensland, with few problems for his major rivals, Jett Johnson consistently took an easy 126-point advantage in the standings, ahead of Graham Cheney and Nicholas Bates.
In terms of raw speed, Johnson’s closest rivals in recent tours have been talented Canberra racer Josh Haynes and veteran Sydneysider Dylan Thomas, but both drivers have been down the leaderboard due to DNF throughout the season.
An interesting addition to this weekend’s TA2 field is Dean Lindstrom, who made two starts in the Bathurst 1000 with Melinda Price in 1999 and 2000, and also co-directed D’Arcy Russell’s Dodge Viper at the Australian GT Championship.
In the Australian Formula 3 Championship, Trent Grubel will be driving Gilmour Racing’s Miguel Formula 3 again this weekend, with the engine in his Dallara F312 still not repaired after Winton’s problems earlier in the season.
Grubel desperately needs to beat Noah Sands this weekend, with Sands extending his championship lead to 41 points in the previous round in Queensland.
Making a welcome return to the AMRS program will be the Thunder Sports National Series, running as a combined grid with stock cars.
The Thunder sports category is aimed at enthusiasts and caters to a variety of modified race cars, while the stock car class is open to American vehicles, similar to races in the NASCAR series.
In the Thunder Sports class, the main contenders will include Peter Ryder in his V8-powered Nissan Sylvia and Brent Edwards in his Ford BA Falcon, while the Stock Cars class has attracted a healthy 14-car field, including Stephen Chilby and Brett Mitchell. is likely to. To be a leader.
One category famous for entertainment and action is the Legend Cars Australia Series, which features motorized vehicles that can race at speedway events as well as on the tarmac.
The previous Legend Cars round at Vinton was won by Lachlan Ward after a close fight with go-kart graduate Jordan Shalala, with Scott Morgan finishing third in a row.
Rounding out the AMRS Round 5 program will be the Series X3 NSW (Hyundai Excel Racing) category, which will stage a 90-minute endurance race to conclude proceedings on Sunday afternoon.
The round can be viewed on the AMRS Facebook and YouTube platforms, while audience entry is free.
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