The PROMAXX Performance Exhausts TA2 Muscle Car Series will stage the final round of its 2020 State of Origin Series with their debut event at Sandown Raceway headlining the Australian Motor Racing Series (AMRS) on November 28-29.
As part of the TA2 Muscle Car Series ‘State of Origin’ strategy to encourage participation at local state-based race meetings, the Sandown event will be open to all TA2-specification cars in Victoria. Early entries have also been received from competitors in New South Wales and Queensland pending border restrictions lifting for their return in December.
The TA2 Muscle Car Series finale at Sandown, which first held races in 1962, also marks the first race meeting at the suburban Melbourne circuit to be sanctioned by the Australian Auto Sport Alliance (AASA) since it was formed in 2003.
Victoria played host to the first round of the TA2 Muscle Car Series at Winton in March, where Queenslander John McLaughlin scored two race wins on his way to his maiden TA2 round victory in the #17 MyRaceProfile.com Mustang.
Further national events were postponed due to border restrictions in place to control the COVID-19 pandemic, with series organisers reverting to a state-based ‘State of Origin’ series for the 2020 season.
Kubota Racing Mustang racer Hugh McAlister won three out of four races to win the New South Wales State of Origin series at Sydney Motorsport Park in September, before Gulf Western Oils Dodge Challenger rising star Nathan Herne clean swept the Queensland State of Origin round at Queensland Raceway in October.
Formats for the event are yet to be confirmed, although series organisers expect to see four sprint races held across the weekend.
Warren Trewin (VIC), #71 Chevrolet Camaro – SNB High Voltage Coffee Racing
“Sandown is my home track and I’ve always loved racing there in HQs and everything else I’ve done laps in, it will be different in the TA2s but very fun,” said Trewin.
“It’s the home of horsepower with those two long straights, in the HQs it was all about momentum and keeping up the corner speed, getting the run out of Turn 4 onto the back straight and getting a good run onto the front straight.”
“In the HQs you can get up-close and bump-and-run, but the TA2s don’t have the same slipstream effect, but there will be a lot of opportunities in those two straights and a lot going on in the tight corners.”
“We started off well at Winton, we were lucky enough to have Supercar driver Chris Pither join us for a test day before that round to do some laps and sort out the car, but we still had work to do on myself as the driver!
“I had a few spins but we got back to a good position and could see the front pack by the end of the weekend.
“I’m definitely not match fit after a few months without racing due to COVID, so some sprint races will be a good way to get back into it. The car has been serviced and stickered-up so we just have to bleed the brakes and get on track
“After the year we’ve had in Victoria we just want to get back out there, it will be good to get some laps and sort ourselves out and make sure the car is good to go for next year, just having the chance to get some laps before the end of the year will be great.”