They were a crowd favourite last year, and the V8-powered machines of the Performax TA2 Muscle Car Series will be back on the AMRS program for three rounds in 2019, as confirmed in the series’ calendar announcement today.
The thumping 6.2 Litre Mustang, Camaro and Challenger US muscle cars will roar into action at the Morgan Park, Tailem Bend and Sydney Motorsport Park AMRS rounds.
With more than 32 cars sold Australia-wide, TA2 has expanded its roots from being a Queensland-centric series, to a genuine national championship covering some of the best Australian motor racing circuits.
The sale of additional TA2 cars has also deepened the category’s talent pool, with title contenders expected to include former champions Ashley Jarvis and Russell Wright, former Toyota 86 Series and Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge regular Aaron Seton, former Super2, V8 Utes and GT driver George Miedecke, Audi TT Cup racer Drew Ridge and Formula Ford graduate Nathan Herne.
Category manager Craig Denyer said TA2 will continue to offer a high-value environment for competitors to enjoy the benefits of national-level exposure.
“We have tried to maintain the balance of lower cost racing, which has been the success of TA2 in its infancy, while expanding the series to include different experiences for the drivers, higher profile media coverage and variety in the race formats,” Denyer said.
Benalla Auto Club Group (owners of AMRS) CEO Chris Lewis-Williams is delighted the TA2 category has expanded its presence at AMRS events.
“We are excited that TA2 has chosen to increase their involvement with the AMRS in 2019,” Lewis-Williams said.
“To have a huge grid of V8 TA2 cars thundering around at selected AMRS rounds is great for the continued growth of the Australian Motor Racing Series in our second year.
“We are proud to be able to offer the kind of race meeting experience that the TA2 racers want and we see our relationship going from strength to strength in future years.”
George Miedecke, who made his debut in the category at the end of last season, is excited about the challenge of competing at a wide range of venues against a high-quality field.
“The calendar looks great with some awesome circuits and lots of variation, I’m especially looking forward to heading to The Bend for the first time,” Miedecke said.
“The racing should be great too – with these young guys coming in and the established series regulars, I don’t expect Aaron Seton and I will have an easy time of it!”