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TRANS AM TITLE ON THE LINE AT SANDOWN


Published at 9/13/2022

The Trans Am National series will fire up for its debut at Melbourne’s Historic Sandown on September 16-18, with the title up for grabs at the high speed circuit.

The top two contenders, Nathan Herne and Owen Kelly, are separated by just 19 points heading into the decider, with third to seventh in the standings also a mathematical chance of stealing the big show.

Herne swept the last round at the Queensland Raceway, with the GRM driver staying ahead of the mayhem at the front of field, leaving with his second clean sweep of the year and nine wins in the bank.

Third place belongs to Brett Holdsworth in the Ashley Seward Motorsport #99 Chevrolet Camaro, 66 points in arrears of Kelly with 200 points on offer at Sandown.

Kyle Gurton sits in fourth, 31 points off Holdsworth, and after missing the podiums at the Queensland Raceway in August, the #2 Mustang driver will be eager to atone after a consistent year following a stellar round one.

Owen Kelly has had four wins this season in the #73 Mustang. Photo: Daniel Kalisz

Fifth place-holder Tim Brooke, who was unfortunately ruled out for the remainder of the season, will potentially give way to the series leading rookie, Jon McCorkindale, who sits 135 points off the top in his #69 Mustang.

Hugh McAllister rounds out the drivers with a mathematical shot at the title, 192 points of the pace setter, Herne and his GRM 1# Mustang.

Ben Grice (eighth) is leading the charge for the Victorians after grabbing himself a podium at the SMP in May, with Elliot Barbour (twentieth) in his maiden season, and Grice’s teammate, Nic Carroll (eighteenth) in the #48 Dodge Challenger.

A spate of young guns will take the challenge to the Trans Am field once again, with last round’s debutants Jack Sipp and Tom Hayman taking to the grid once more, as well as Nash Morris, Lochie Dalton, Cody Burcher and Eden Thornburrow.

The #45 Mustang Tasmanian driver, Dalton, accounted for himself superbly in Queensland, picking up two P5’s and a P4 in a super competitive field that included Supercars driver Brodie Kostecki, and young tearaway Jett Johnson, who both featured heavily in the podiums over the three races. 

All three Trans Am National races will be covered by Stan Sports live, uninterrupted and on-demand coverage, this weekend, September 16-18 as part of the fourth round of the Shannons Motorsport Australia Championship.

Entry list, 2022 Turtle Wax Trans Am Series Round 6 Sandown Raceway

Car # Class Team/Sponsor Driver State Model
1 Outright Team Valvoline GRM Nathan Herne NSW Ford Mustang
2 Outright Micale Cabinets/Nuveau Group Kyle Gurton QLD Ford Mustang
03 Outright All American Driveline Ben Grice VIC Ford Mustang
4 Masters Cup Crutcher Developments Mark Crutcher NSW Ford Mustang
6 Hoosier Cup McAlister Motors Hugh McAlister NSW Ford Mustang
7 Outright SupaFSpares Jack Sipp QLD Ford Mustang
15 Masters Cup Pacific Petroleum/Carroll Tyres Michael Rowell QLD Ford Mustang
23 Masters Cup Holinger Racing John Holinger VIC Chevrolet Camaro
26 Masters Cup Hass Pumps Jason Hassett VIC Chevrolet Camaro
27 Outright Pioneer DJ Elliot Barbour VIC Chevrolet Camaro
30 Outright Di Prinzio Concreting Tom Hayman NSW Ford Mustang
36 Outright PBS Specialty Coatings Cody Burcher NSW Ford Mustang
37 Outright Dream Racing Australia Jackson Rice VIC Ford Mustang
45 Outright Up2/11 Motorsport GRM Lochie Dalton TAS Ford Mustang
48 Outright Nic Carroll Motorsport Nic Carroll VIC Dodge Challenger
66 Masters Cup Shaw Motorsport Tim Shaw TAS Chevrolet Camaro
67 Outright Supercheap Auto Nash Morris QLD Ford Mustang
69 Outright Dial Before You Dig Jon McCorkindale NSW Ford Mustang
73 Outright Owen Kelly Motorsport Owen Kelly TAS Ford Mustang
99 Outright TPS Group/Breeze Holiday Parks Brett Holdsworth VIC Chevrolet Camaro
116 Outright Sydney Property Care Edan Thornburrow NSW Ford Mustang
117 Hoosier Cup NAPA Auto Parts Jett Johnson QLD Ford Mustang
777 Masters Cup Dream Racing Australia Craig Scutella NSW Chevrolet Camaro

 

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