TA2 young-gun Nathan Herne made Australia proud on his international racing debut with a fourth place finish in the final round of the 2022 American Trans-Am Series at the Circuit of the Americas.
Despite limited seat time in the build-up, Herne qualified 12th out of 54 TA2 cars in an incident-filled session which was called five minutes early.
A chaotic start saw Herne vault up to sixth by the end of the first lap, and then up to third by Lap 4.
Herne was in podium contention for the 90-minute long race, before contact on the final lap from another competitor resulted in damage to the front splitter of the Stevens-Miller Racing Mustang which dropped Herne to fourth at the chequered flag.
Herne, the 2019 TA2 Rookie of the Year and a two-time champion of the ARG-promoted National Trans-Am Series, was pleased with the end result in what was an eventful debut weekend in the US.
“Had the pace to win at the end there but punched a hole through the front end and lost a heap of front aero. Add into the mix a bunch of oil on track and I was hanging on!
“All in all an awesome trip. P4 out of 55 cars is a pretty good result considering. Thanks to everyone for making it all possible. Enjoyed every minute of it. Hopefully this isn’t the last time with Stevens-Miller Racing.”
Herne is already on his way back to Australia to compete at next weekend’s Bathurst International, before he heads to the Adelaide Street Circuit for the final round of the S5000 Tasman Series which he is leading heading into the final event on 1-4 December.
The final round of the 2022 TA2 Muscle Car Series framed by Hytek will be held at Winton Motor Raceway on November 18-20, where Jett Johnson leads by 91 points over Graham Cheney.