West Australian born Gold Coaster Ashley Jarvis is a vastly experienced racing driver on both dirt and asphalt.
Cutting his teeth in a Holden Gemini, Jarvis won the 2008 Queensland Gemini Championship and is a four-time winner of the Golden Holden HQ vs Gemini One Hour race. In this time, he also sampled Midget Speedway cars, a Van Diemen Formula Ford in state-level racing and a one-off appearance in the Australian V8 Utes Racing Series.
He then made the step up to Saloon Cars in an AU Falcon in his family-run team, culminating in a third place finish in the 2015 Australian Saloon Car/Super Six Championship and qualified on pole position in a 50 car field at Mount Panorama, Bathurst.
Since then, Jarvis has raced sporadically in local Saloon Car racing, whilst taking in major endurance races including a 2nd place in the invitational class of the 2017 Bathurst 6 Hour alongside his brother Dion in their AU Falcon, and a 3rd place in the GT4 class of the 2017 Bathurst 12 Hour alongside Coleby Cowham and Lindsay Kearns in a Brookspeed Motorsport Porsche Cayman.
Jarvis first sampled a TA2 car at the 2017 2 Days of Thunder at Queensland Raceway, scoring a pole position and race win on debut before committing to the full 2018 Performax TA2 Muscle Car Series and beyond.
Sunshine Coast racer Anthony Tenkate is a well-known American muscle car and Ford Mustang enthusiast.
Tenkate first caught the bug of circuit racing by participating in regularity events in a 1967 Ford Mustang at tracks including Queensland Raceway and Sydney Motorsport Park. He then converted the Mustang to specification for the Queensland-based Australian Trans-Am Series, a tribute series catering for late 60s to early 70s American muscle cars of the legendary Trans-Am era.
He started in the Trans-Am Series in 2012 around Queensland Raceway and Lakeside Park, before he upgraded to 1969 Ford Boss Mustang in 2014. Tenkate’s involvement in Trans-Am also included racing at the popular Muscle Car Masters at Sydney Motorsport Park and a one-off appearance in the Queensland Raceway round of the 2015 Touring Car Masters Series.
Tenkate saw TA2 as a progression of his race craft, enabling him to develop his racing skills in a car that has a more direct response through the steering, a step up in braking performance and straight-line speed. He joined the series in a Ford Mustang, following the same number and colour scheme displayed on his 1969 Mustang Trans-Am car.
Tenkate is a regular visitor to major historic races in the United States including Laguna Seca, Sonoma and Watkins Glen, and is a follower of the Historic Trans-Am Series for cars of the era that continue to race in the United States.
Scott Textor is a first-time circuit racer, selecting TA2 as the category for him to develop his racing skills in a car that is safe, affordable, requires low-maintenance and still teaches the basics of driving a race car at speed, while being able to lean on some of the series’ more experienced racers to identify the areas to work on to improve his lap times at each circuit we visit.
Scott is joined at every race meeting by his supportive family, and the standout colours of the #92 Dodge Challenger ensure the Textor Racing Team is one of the best-presented teams in the pit lane.
Car: Ford Mustang Number: 88 State: QLD Team/Sponsor: Harris Racing/Castrol
3rd in 2017
From Geminis to V8 Supercars, Craig Harris has experienced it all in Australian motorsport, and TA2 presents the next challenge for Harris in his family-run outfit.
Starting off racing against the likes of Mark Skaife and Russell Ingall, Harris started in karts at age 16 before he became the youngest driver at the time to race a V8 at Bathurst, when he debuted at Mount Panorama in 1984 in the ex-Dick Johnson Tru-Blu XD Falcon. Harris raced a Ford Capri MkII in the Australian Touring Car Championship in the years that followed.
Returning from a short sabbatical, Harris won the 1994 Queensland Gemini Series before stepping up to V8 Supercars in the late 90s in the ex-Bright/Richards Bathurst-winning Falcon. He then upgraded to an AU Falcon under the Castrol Racing banner for the Konica V8 Series.
Returning from another sabbatical, Harris joined the Performax TA2 Muscle Car Series in a 1970 Ford Mustang in a family-run outfit with his sons John as crew-chief and Ethan on the spanners, and won the championship in 2014 and placed second in 2015.
Harris, along with Peter Robinson was the catalyst for the start of TA2 racing, and won the category’s inaugural race in Australia at Lakeside Park in mid-2016.
Darren Berry first started racing a Mazda MX5 in local Production Sports Car events before making the step up to national competition in the short-lived Mini Challenge series that supported the V8 Supercars, as well as the Aussie Racing Cars.
Berry then made the move into GT3 Sports Cars, racing a variety of machinery including a Dodge Viper, an Askari KZ1 and a Ginetta G50.
Berry joins TA2 in a Gulf-Oil inspired Chevrolet Camaro with the support of the Tooth Booth Dental Lounge, and already he claims the TA2s to be the most fun car he has experienced.
Car: Ford Mustang Number: 6 State: NSW Team/Sponsor: McAlister Motors/Performax
Hugh McAlister is no stranger to the pit lane, having joined his father Ian at race tracks around the country since the late 90s. However, having only started racing in 2016 he is already matching some of the more experienced drivers in the TA2 field.
Hugh first jumped in to an Oz Truck for a couple of state-level races in 2016 before joining Performax TA2 Muscle Car Series with his father Ian in a Generation-Five Chevrolet Camaro.
It wasn’t long before Hugh was back in a Ford Mustang in a two-car McAlister Motors Mustang team with his father for the 2018 season.
Car: Chevrolet Camaro Number: 4 State: NSW Team/Sponsor: Crutcher Developments
Mark Crutcher is another new face to motorsport, having first started racing in 2016 in the one-make Nissan Pulsar Championship in New South Wales. Crutcher has also sampled a Series X3 Hyundai Excel and a Ford Ranger Oz-Truck before making the step up to TA2.
Crutcher joins the Performax TA2 Muscle Car Series in the Gen-5 Camaro ran by Hugh McAlister in 2017.
Car: Ford Mustang Number: 9 State: Vic Team/Sponsor: Skye Sands
When it comes to experience, few can match that of Victorian Rusty French, who comes to the Performax TA2 Muscle Car Series with a vast amount of national and international racing experience, including a top ten outright in the world-famous 24 Hours of Le Mans.
French’s early racing career features a range of production sports cars and Group C Touring Cars. He made his Bathurst debut in 1968 in a Hillman Gazelle, and continues to race at the Mountain as recently as the 2018 Bathurst 12 Hour supports in his TA2 Mustang. French’s touring car highlights include two top ten finishes in the Bathurst 1000 with a best of sixth in 1984 in a VH Commodore, but it was in GT and Sports Cars where French really stood out.
After finishing second to 1980 F1 World Champion Alan Jones in the 1982 Australian GT Championship, French won the 1983 Championship in his Porsche 935. This earned him a drive at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1984 in the incredible Porsche 956, placing an impressive ninth outright.
In the 1990s and early 2000s, French dabbled in Australian NASCAR with a Chevrolet Monte Carlo, and even raced a Dodge Viper GTS in the Nations Cup. He also raced in the Porsche Carrera Cup in the mid 2000s, and continues to race a 1969 Ford Mustang in the Touring Car Masters Series.
French continues to race in historic events in Australia and the United States in historic sports car competition, and it was in the United States where he first saw TA2 in action, with a packed field at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course.
While French remains a passionate racer and supporter of motor racing, he continues to own and operate his highly successful sand mining business, Skye Sands, which has adorned many of French’s race cars in a gold strip above a jet black base, including on his TA2 Mustang.
Car: Ford Mustang Number: 2 State: NSW Team/Sponsor: Thunder Road Racing Team Australia
Don Dimitriadis is a well-known historic racer in Australia, and has made the move to a modern racing car with TA2.
Dimitriadis first experienced the thrill of racing at the 2006 Cobra Nationals at Wakefield Park. Having enjoyed watching the heroes of days past over many years and finally getting to experience it, he was instantly hooked!
Dimitriadis began circuit racing in a HQ Holden and raced in the NSW State Titles for two years to learn the art of door-to-door motor racing, he also raced in historic sports car competition for many years in a Cobra and then a GT40 and a Shelby GT350 Mustang in HSRCA and FoSC events.
Dimitriadis also owned ‘Mustang Jenny’ that competed in the Touring Car Masters Series that supports the V8 Supercars, driven by 2x Australian Touring Car Champion Glenn Seton under his Thunder Road Racing Team Australia banner.
In this time he also had the chance to tick off some of his international ‘bucket-list’ tracks, including Watkins Glen, Sebring, Road America, Laguna Seca and Lime Rock. As an enthusiast of the glory days of Trans-Am racing in the late 60s and early 70s, Dimitriadis had the opportunity to buy the ex-Dan Gurney Kar Kraft 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302 which he continues to race in the Historic Trans-Am category in the United States for cars of the Trans-Am era in original, period-correct condition.
Dimitriadis joins the modern evolution of Trans-Am, TA2 in a Ford Mustang adorned in a fantastic livery tribute to the #2 Dan Gurney Ford Mustang Trans-Am car which he owns and races in the United States.
Car: Chevrolet Camaro Number: 44 State: QLD Team/Sponsor: Thunder Road Racing Team Australia
Greg Willis is an experienced racer at state and national level, and was one of the first to come onboard with the Performax TA2 Muscle Car Series with Cross Torque Racing.
Willis first started racing at in 2004 at state-level in Saloon Cars and Geminis in Queensland.
It wasn’t long before Willis made the step up to national-level competition, racing in the Aussie Racing Cars in 2004 and 2005, and the Australian V8 Utes Racing Series for six years until 2011 for Grove Fruit Juice Racing.
In this time Willis competed in three Bathurst 12 Hours, with a best result of first in Class G in his V8 Ute alongside Jason Gomersall and Matt Mackelden.
Willis joined the Oz Trucks in a Toyota Tundra from 2012 until 2015 before moving to Performax TA2 Muscle Car Series in a Chevrolet Camaro.
Car: Ford Mustang Number: 222 State: ACT Team/Sponsor: Team Supreme Racing/Supreme Dry Cleaners/Autocolours
Canberra racer Chad Cotton has been racing a Hayabusa-powered Future Racer since 2012 in the Miniature Race Cars, taking out the championship in 2015.
In his Future Racer, Cotton with Jeff Davey won the 2012 Winton 300 by two-laps against some tough competition, and placed second in 2013.
Cotton was one of the first to join TA2, and won three of the four races to win the inaugural round for the category in Australia at Lakeside Park in mid-2016.
Car: Ford Mustang Number: 55 State: QLD Team/Sponsor: Roadbees Transport
1st in 2017
Russell Wright got his first taste of high-speed action through circuit and offshore powerboat racing.
His first experience of motor racing was with Porsches in the early 2000s, first in Nations Cup GT racing and then in the Porsche Carrera Cup Australia.
In 2005, Wright moved into touring car racing with a Ford XY Falcon GT in Group N Historic Touring Cars and then a 1967 Ford Mustang.
In 2015 he built another 1967 Mustang to race in the Performax TA2 Muscle Car Series, before joining TA2 in 2016.
Wright won the inaugural Performax TA2 Muscle Car Series in Queensland in 2017 and he continues to race in both Australian Trans-Am and TA2 Muscle Cars, quite often racing both on the same weekend when schedules clash.
Car: Chevrolet Camaro Number: 14 State: QLD Team/Sponsor: PBR Distributions
A former drag racer, Cameron Sendall joins TA2 as a first-time circuit racer.
Sendall has been involved in motorsport for many years, crewing on Pro Stock dragsters and Nitro Funny Cars, building competition engines and restoring many road and race cars.
Sendall started drag racing in an N/A 393ci Windsor-powered Toyota Hilux and scored runner-up at the 660 Drag Radial Series Radial-Rumble at Willowbank. He was rated as one of the most consistent drivers in his class.
Sendall joins TA2 in a Chevrolet Camaro, and has quickly become the guru for all things technical with the TA2 cars.
A relative newcomer to motorsport, Peter Robinson first started racing a Dodge Ram Oz Truck in state-level events in 2012 until he founded Performax TA2 Muscle Car Series in 2016.
Robinson is responsible for importing all TA2 cars and resources from Howe Racing Enterprises, and is your point of contact for any Performax TA2 Muscle Car Series sales enquiries.
Following on from his Dodge ties in Oz Trucks, Pete races the #10 Dodge Challenger in the striking purple colour scheme.
Car: Ford Mustang Number: 5 State: NSW Team/Sponsor: McAlister Motors/Performax
Ian McAlister is a widely-experienced racer and always a friendly-face in pit lanes across the country.
McAlister first started racing a Ford EB Falcon in Australian GT Production Cars in the late 90s, also racing an EL Falcon, Volvo 850 T5-R and a Honda Integra in the series at the time.
McAlister was one of the founding fathers of the V8 Brutes in the early 2000s which went on to become the popular V8 Utes Series, a major support category on the V8 Supercar circus until 2017. McAlister raced and supported the category until 2007 when he moved to the Touring Car Masters in a 1966 Ford Mustang.
McAlister raced a Ford Ranger Oz-Truck for a couple years before he became one of the first to come onboard with TA2 in 2016 with his son Hugh.
Car: Chevrolet Camaro Number: 7 State: QLD Team/Sponsor: Kulig Engineering
Michael Kulig first caught the motorsport bug through his father George. With an early interest in turbo cars, Michael started off with a Nissan 180SX import, and also assisted George with his R33 Skyline in local sprints and club-level race meetings.
The Kulig’s then purchased two Chevrolet LS-powered Howe chassis Monte Carlo circuit racers, which they have campaigned successfully in local Sports Sedan competition at Queensland Raceway, Lakeside and Morgan Park.
They chose TA2 as their next step up in motor racing, purchasing a Chevrolet Camaro TA2 at the beginning of the 2018 season. The team looks forward to expanding their racing to tracks around Australia including the likes of Bathurst and Sydney Motorsport Park. Their team consists of Michael Kulig as the driver of the #7 Kulig Engineering Camaro, George Kulig (team owner and pit crew), Bob Kulig (pit crew) and Grant Draney (crew chief).