Sports Car Tri-Series opens in SA

Wednesday 26 August, 2020
Photo: Frank Hodak
Australian Sports Car racers now have the chance to take part in a new multi-club invitational series in South Australia, which begins next month at The Bend Motorsport Park.
The series will have three rounds over three months with The Bend to host rounds either side of a visit to Mallala Motorsport Park in October.
Starting on Saturday 26 September, the first round will run on The Bend’s 4.95km international Circuit with the Circuit Excel Enduro to run as a support category.
The series will then move to Mallala Motorsport Park two weeks later for a standalone event before returning to The Bend on 12 December where the finale will run on the track’s 7.77km extended GT Circuit.
The opening two rounds’ race format will consist of a practice and qualifying session, setting up two 35-minute races for two hours of total track time, while the finale will see competitors enjoy three and half hours of action through two practice sessions, qualifying and two one-hour races.
With entries open for the first round until Sunday, 20 September, vehicles complying with Group 2A, 2C, 2PCN & 6SR regulations will be eligible to compete in the series.
Already confirmed to take part in the series are 2017 Australian Prototype Series (APS) Champion Mark Laucke and 2019 Audi R8 LMS Cup winner Yasser Shahin, while another APS star in JP Drake is also part of the growing field.
Hosted by The Bend Motorsport Park, Event Operations Manager Charise Bristow was thrilled to be able to have the series ready to go.
“It’s been a tough year for a lot of drivers around the country due to the lack of motorsport, so we’re really excited to be able to get this series up and going,” Bristow said.
“It’s a great opportunity for sports car drivers from national categories like the APS and Radical Australia Cup, as well as those who compete in their respective state series to squeeze in some form of racing in this year.
“We understand that it will be difficult for people to get to every round due to state restrictions currently in place, which is why it’s more of an invitational series.
“We’re also very excited to welcome Circuit Excel competitors to take part in the season opener next month as it’s a very popular category that always attracts a strong field of talent; and the endurance format is something different that should be really enjoyable for those drivers.”
Circuit Excel competitors can also enter via Motorsport Australia Event Entry.
The Sports Car International series begins at The Bend Motorsport Park on Saturday 26 September.
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