20-year old Aaron Seton has continued his strong form from 2018 to dominate the opening day of the 2019 TA2 Muscle Car Series at Sydney Motorsport Park.
The Castrol Harris Racing Mustang driver scored his sixth straight pole position, with a new track record at a 1:33.5437, over seven-tenths of a second ahead of George Miedecke, who joined Seton on the front row in the Miedecke Motorsport Ford Mustang.
The opening race saw a length safety-car period from lap three as a result of Tim Tritton coming unstuck on the exit of turn five, and Chris La Rosa who spun off the track on the exit of turn eight hairpin after battling early with George Elliot. Tritton and La Rosa have withdrawn from the weekend following these seperate incidents.
The race resumed with two laps remaining, as Seton fended off George Miedecke to take the win by less than a second, Australian racing stalwart and series debutant Andrew Miedecke withstood a strong charge from reigning Victorian and New South Wales Formula Ford champion Nathan Herne in a race-long stows to finish third, as reigning TA2 Performax Cup champion Ashley Jarvis complete the top five.
Race two ran green for the full distance, as Seton was pressured by George Miedecke again throughout the race but ultimately prevailed by two seconds as tyre management and lapped traffic played a factor.
Herne staged a great move on Andrew Miedecke at turn one to jump to third on lap two, and also claimed the fastest lap of the race at a 1:36.41.
The battle of the race saw Ashley Jarvis withstand waves of attacks from Russell Wright and Hugh McAlister for fifth spot over Russell Wright and Hugh McAlister, with great battles enjoyed throughout the field that now sits at 22 cars.
Murray Kent scored his personal best TA2 result in eighth, from Drew Ridge and Kubota Racing driver Matt MacKelden to complete the top ten at the end of race two.
Seton was happy to start of the year on the right foot, and acknowledged the lift in competition and presentation of the series.
“It was an awesome day for us at Castrol Harris Racing collecting pole and both race wins to start the year off well,” said Seton.
“The car was incredible to drive and everything came together for that qualifying lap this morning, combined with parts of the circuit that were recently resurfaced, a lot of factors also came in to play.
“I really enjoyed racing hard with George Miedecke and Nathan Herne in the second race as they pushed me all the way to the end.
“It’s also great to welcome so many new drivers to the series this year, we have 25 here this weekend and the racing has been awesome so far.
“We’ll make some small improvements overnight and hope to build on our results tomorrow.
“Thanks as always to Craig Harris from Castrol Harris Racing and Don Dimitriadis for their support as I wouldn’t be here without them.”
The TA2 Muscle Car Series returns to Sydney Motorsport Park for races three and four on Sunday.