The Australian Racing Group and management group of the TA2 Muscle Car Series have confirmed that they are well progressed through an agreement for the category to join ARG’s portfolio of racing categories at key race events in 2020.
This would see the popular TA2 join ARG’s current suite of categories including the carsales TCR Australia Series, TCR New Zealand, Touring Car Masters and S5000.
The TA2 management group is supportive of the potential alignment with ARG with final sign off subject to a competitors briefing session at the next TA2 series round at Winton over the August 17/18 weekend.
Over 40 TA2 cars have now been sold, with the class in only its second year of national competition.
The founders of the series, Peter and Moana Robinson have pitched the series to the Australian motorsport market as a low cost, modern muscle car series. It has attracted nationwide interest with drivers including Aaron Seton, Nathan Herne and George Miedecke setting the benchmark in a field of Mustang, Camaro and Dodge Challenger muscle cars.
The class caters for modern V8-powered, rear-wheel drive muscle cars in a purpose-built Howe Racing Enterprises space frame chassis and a Howe Motorsport engine package developing 525 horsepower. All elements are controlled to ensure a level playing field across the board for great racing.
Any potential alignment with ARG will ensure that the current category management and administration remains in situ with Craig Denyer continuing as category manager and PBR Distributions supplying the cars and componentry with on track parts support at every round.
This year the category raced at the Bathurst 12 Hour as a support event, Sydney Motorsport Park with Iain Sherrin’s production car series, and featured at a number of AMRS rounds including Morgan Park and Tailem Bend.
The series has three remaining rounds in 2019, with the final at Queensland Raceway in November.
Director, Australian Racing Group
“TA2 is an exciting and emerging class with a strong passionate group of competitors, and we’re looking forward to working with them to explore further opportunities,” said Matt Braid.
“We feel that TA2 can benefit from higher profile events as well as leveraging the infrastructure that ARG has in place, while maintaining the character that the category has already established and also provide a great “V8 Modern Muscle Car” addition to supplement our TCR and TCM categories for an even better overall fan experience.”
Owner, TA2 Muscle Car Series
“With over 40 cars now sold, we are looking to lock in an exciting calendar for next year that’s in line with our philosophy of a low cost, big reward experience for our competitor base,” said Peter Robinson.
“Our initial discussions with ARG on their plans for the future have so far been very positive and it’s our plan to table all options to our competitors and seek their feedback as part of finalising our plans for 2020 and beyond.
“There is no doubt that ARG with its portfolio of high quality, diverse categories and ANZ reach would be a good fit to assist in ensuring a raised profile and increased growth for TA2 while providing increased commercial and PR deliverables for competitors.”