Inside Harris Racing’s family-backed attack
The Seton name enjoys a long and successful history in Australian motorsport, with third-generation driver Aaron continuing this trend in the National Trans Am Series, however the team behind him led by Craig Harris is very much a family-affair.
“It’s great to work as a family with our own boys helping them in the team,” Harris described the continued link between his family and the Setons.
Harris was an early adopter of the class after ordering the first Trans Am-spec Ford Mustang.
“I liked the cars,” Harris said. “I thought they were fast and competitive against each other, but they were also economical to run.
“I see the category as a feeder for those drivers wanting to go further in their racing careers.
“We’re looking to get young drivers to drive for us and get them somewhere, which is what we’ve done with Aaron.
“He’s been racing for us now since 2018 and this year he’s progressing.
“We were looking to get more exposure for the car, team and Aaron. ARG offered us a good package on television we were able to obtain sponsors in Turtle Wax and Castrol due to this, so we’ve been very lucky.”
Seton is four-points clear of GRM-supported Dream Racing Australia driver Nathan Herne approaching Morgan Park on August 13-15 where their intriguing season-long battle will resume.
“It’s lifting both of their driving skills, it’s fantastic to watch,” said Harris. “To see those guys go hell for leather at Bathurst, I held my breath many times!”
Harris Racing not only represents the rising stars of the sport, but also those drivers who enjoy the sport with experienced racer Hadrian Morall joining the team at the start of the season.
“You’ve got guys that just love racing and Hadrian is one of those people, then you’ve got Aaron who is looking to make a career out of car racing by using our team and Trans Am as a stepping stone,” Harris described his team.
Plans for next year include the expectant debut of the elder Harris son John – a third-year engineering student – who makes the step up from Queensland Production Cars where he drives the family-owned Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X. The Seton-Harris partnership has included the two sons sharing the Evo in endurance events.
His younger son Ethan is quickly following in the family tradition as he starts his motorsport journey in Excels.
Harris believes next year will be an exciting season for the class due to the young guns emerging including Kyle Gurton, Nash Morris and more closing the gap to the frontrunners.
“They are not far off Aaron and Nathan at the moment,” Harris said.
“But with a little bit more car speed, they’ll be right up there and it will be good to have four or five young guys duking it out for the series.”
The next round of the National Trans Am Series will be held at Morgan Park Raceway on August 15-17. CLICK HERE for tickets.