Two new national champions will be crowned at this weekend’s AMRS blockbuster meeting at Sydney Motorsport Park.
As well as welcoming the spectacular Stadium SUPER Trucks, the event will feature the final rounds of the Australian Formula Ford Championship and Performax TA2 Muscle Car Series, with both title battles to go all the way to the wire.
The Formula Ford category – recognised as the primary breeding ground for future stars of the sport – has once again produced cut-throat competition between some of the brightest young talents on the Australian motorsport scene, with the Mazda Road to Indy $200k Scholarship Shootout prize on the line for series winner.
The Scholarship Shootout brings together 20 national champions from Formula Ford and similar categories all over the world, who face off in a two-day competition at the Bondurant Racing School in North America; the overall winner receives a funded drive in the USF2000 Series, one of the rungs on the ladder to the prestigious Indycar Series.
New Zealander Hunter McElrea has been this year’s standout Formula Ford performer, with 12 race victories so far. But a DNF and a points penalty for a driving infringement in the previous round at Phillip Island eroded his advantage, leaving him just 11 points clear of Sonic Motor Racing Services team-mate Hamish Ribarits to set up a thrilling decider at SMP.
Victorian privateer Zac Soutar is third in the standings after winning the Sandown round, with Nathan Herne, Liam McLellan and Lachlan Mineeff rounding out the top six in the standings.
The TA2 Series has been one of the most popular for spectators, with the V8-powered American muscle cars providing plenty of thrills. Queenslander Ashley Jarvis holds the advantage by 16 points over reigning champion Russell Wright, with the consistent Hugh McAlister the best of the NSW drivers in third.
The category continues to grow in both popularity and driving talent, with a number of new faces set to join the field for SMP. Two-time Australian Saloon Car Champion Simon Tabinor and karting, F4, Toyota 86 Series and European Audi TT Cup racer Drew Ridge are confirmed starters, with other entrants to be announced in the coming days.
Formula Ford will stage three races over the weekend while TA2 will have four heats; the full schedule is available here.
While the Formula Ford and TA2 categories conclude their seasons at SMP and the Stadium SUPER Trucks have been added to the schedule, other classes on the program – GT-1 Australia, Legend Cars, IROC Challenge, Miniature Race Cars, Aussie Racing Utes, Mazda RX8 Cup and Group 4/Super 6 Touring Cars – will continue to the final AMRS round at Winton in November.
Tickets for this weekend’s AMRS race meeting will be available at the gate.
Saturday, 27 October – $15.00
Sunday, 28 October – $20.00
Two-day pass – $30.00
Kids under 16 free when accompanied by a paying adult.
The AMRS (Australian Motor Racing Series) is a national motor racing series managed by the Benalla Auto Club Group (which owns the Winton and Wakefield Park circuits) and sanctioned by the Australian Auto-Sport Alliance (AASA).
The AMRS is designed to provide a platform for categories wishing to compete on the national stage, with the benefits of a dedicated team of officials who travel to every event, and a media package that includes live streaming at every round.
The 2018 AMRS consists of six rounds – Winton (Victoria, two rounds), Mallala (South Australia), Morgan Park (Queensland), Wakefield Park and Sydney Motorsport Park (New South Wales).