06302021 - Michael Rice

Fun Loving Racers Flock to VIC Sedan Series Round

While much of the focus for Round 3 of the 2021 AMRS at Winton will be on the national categories, a collection of passionate state-level competitors are set to compete in the Victorian Sedan Series races, which will be included on the program.

The Victorian Sedan Series consists of a mixture of production-based vehicles, although many of them have varying degrees of modifications.

A common theme surrounding the Victorian Sedan Series competitors is passion; all the competitors love cars, love racing and love each other’s company – there is a strong spirit of camaraderie within the paddock. So it’s no surprise the Victorian Sedan community is filled with stories from passionate enthusiasts who love working on their cars and being on the track.

One such competitor is Michael Rice, a driver who has raced in the Winton 300 along with competing in Saloon Cars. Like many drivers, the COVID-19 pandemic has restricted his track time in the last couple of years, but he did compete in this year’s Bathurst 6 Hour, finishing third in class aboard a Team Group Suzuki Racing Team Swift.

The VIC Sedan Series round at the AMRS will mark Michael’s first race meeting in his freshly-built 6.0L V8-powered VT Commodore. The car is affectionately named Rose #2, in memory of his late sister.

“This is a completely new car, we built it to go racing in 2020 but then COVID happened and we didn’t get any time on the track, so I just can’t wait for Winton,” Rice said.

“We worked hard to build the car and it looks sensational, but it’s not a lot of fun sitting there looking at it parked in the yard, when I’d much rather be out there racing it.

“The ultimate goal is to race in Improved Production, but the Vic Sedan Series is a great fun environment to get used to it, while enjoying a weekend with some good mates at a professionally run, national-level meeting.”

Other drivers who have entered the Vic Sedan round include Steve Baird in his distinctive and beautifully-presented 1962 Ford Falcon (powered by a Windsor V8), the BA Falcon of Mick Pettit, six-cylinder VN Commodore of Damian Sullivan and the spectacular twin-turbo Nissan 300ZX of Ran Maclurkin, who currently leads the points in the Extreme Class.

Round 3 of the AMRS will be held at Winton on 16-18 July.

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