SHAKE UP FOR NATIONAL SPORTS SEDANS

By Josh Nevett

A strong field of top drivers and fast machines are set to take to the grid for the opening round of the Precision International National Sports Sedans Series as part of the Shannons Motorsport Australia Championships event at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit this weekend.

The Sports Sedans will race alongside national Australian Racing Group (ARG) categories including the TCR Australia Series, Trans Am Series and S5000 Australian Drivers’ Championship over three days from March 18-20.

More than 20 bespoke Sports Sedans will contest the opening round, including familiar frontrunners and new faces.

Steve Tamasi and Jordan Caruso will reignite their entertaining rivalry from the 2021 edition of Island Magic as newcomers include former TA2 frontrunner Ashley Jarvis, while Daniel Compton replaces father Phil in his familiar Ford Mustang.

Another returnee is the rapid Mazda RX-7 of Tasmanian Alex Williams, while Supercars star Andre Heimgartner continues his stint in the former title winning Aston Martin now owned by Mark Duggan.

Entries have come from all over the country, Queensland and New South Wales with five and four representatives, respectively.

Category Administrator and competitor Michael Robinson was excited to kick off the new season with a bang.

“It’s probably the most impressive start we’ve had for a long time as far as the level of interest, they’re all national level competitors,” Robinson told Auto Action.

“I think Jordan Caruso, who has a new livery, will have a fair battle with Alex Williams, Tamasi and Crompton at the front.

Just as exciting as the title battle will be the sight of fresh metal on the grid.

“We’ve got a number of new guys,” Robinson said.

“Scott Cameron is a new guy from Sydney, he campaigned a little bit in the New South Wales state series and will be in a Commodore.

“Tim Tritton from Queensland has bought the ex-Derek van Zelm Honda Prelude. A famous car over a number of years, he’s had a fair bit of work done to that.

“Rick Newman has a Falcon sports sedan which is quick, and Kevin Stoopman has bought a new car for his first time in the Nationals series, he’s quite a well-known ex HQ racer.

“Another one joining us is Anthony Cox in a Saab that’s been a front running car.”

Three 11-lap races are set for Sports Sedans over the weekend, providing an ample opportunity for drivers to earn a serious haul points.

The category joins Formula Ford and the Radical Australia Cup on the ARG support card this weekend.

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