National Trans Am Series added to Superlicence eligibility
Drivers finishing in the top six positions of this year’s National Trans Am Series will score points towards a Superlicence application, a necessity to compete in the Supercars Championship.
Motorsport Australia has made minor changes to the Superlicence Points system with the National Trans Am Series being added to the list of categories currently eligible to score in.
The winner of the National Trans Am Series title will score seven points to contribute towards their Superlicence tally. Runner up in the series will score five-points as drivers placed up to sixth will be eligible.
Currently second in the National Trans Am Series, Nathan Herne has welcomed the amended points system after he failed in his bid to race in last year’s Bathurst 1000 in a Garry Rogers Motorsport Wildcard entry.
“It’s a real credit to Motorsport Australia, Supercars and everyone involved in the decision process for the Superlicence,” Herne said.
“They’ve listened, and that’s all you can ask. They’ve probably got the hardest job in Australia, they’re the ones that look after motor sport and they’re not always going to be making the right calls in a competitor’s eyes such as myself last year with the Superlicence.
“I take my hat to them for at least listening and giving us a chance. I hope that if I do get the chance to go to Bathurst I can have a good result, keep clean and show that the decision made was the right one in trusting the ARG categories as Superlicence scoring classes.”
The Supercheap Auto TCR Australia Series, another of the Australian Racing Group-run categories, also received a boost as the winner will be awarded 10 Superlicence points, two more than previously awarded.
Drivers placed down to ninth are eligible to score Superlicence points.
The S5000 Australian Drivers Championship also received a Superlicence points increase to 12.
The reclassification of points was brought on by the changing motorsport scene according to
Motorsport Australia Director of Motorsport & Commercial Operations Michael Smith.
“Motorsport Australia regularly reviews and analyses the Superlicence Points System to make sure it is fair and in line with the current trends in motorsport,” Smith explained.
“We have worked closely with a number of category managers on the changes and believe they are reflective of the current stature of each respective Championship and Series.”
The National Trans Am Series and the Supercheap Auto TCR Australia Series will be held at Morgan Park Raceway on August 15-17.