14 April 2022 | General

Turtle Wax Trans Am Series ready to rumble at the Mountain

Round 3 of the Turtle Wax Trans Am Series at Bathurst arrives at an interesting point in the title fight after Nathan Herne moved into the lead at Phillip Island, albeit Tim Brook is just seven-points behind approaching the Mountain.

However, the leading pair will need to contend with 23 rivals at Bathurst in what is quickly establishing itself as Australia’s fastest growing category.

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Garry Rogers Motorsport’s Owen Kelly hit form at Phillip Island after a disappointing home round at Symmons Plains, while fellow Tasmanian and teammate Lochie Dalton sits an impressive fifth in the standings.

Regular contenders Kyle Gurton, Brett Holdsworth, Edan Thornburrow and Hugh McAlister will also mount a serious challenge this weekend.

So too local driver Cody Burcher, who scored his maiden Turtle Wax Trans Am Series podium at Phillip Island and enters his ‘home round’ confident of a strong result.

Fellow category rookie Dalton Ellery will complete double duty in the Hi-Tec Oils Bathurst 6 Hour as he cements his position inside the top 10, just as Dial Before You Dig’s Jon McCorkindale hopes to do.

The All American Driveline and Auto Parts Ford Mustang of Ben Grice has been one of the fastest entries this season, though unfulfilled so far. Grice was quick at Bathurst last year and alongside Dodge Challenge teammate Nic Carroll will be a duo to watch at the Mountain.

Another to not experience a trouble-free start to the season is Supercheap Auto Ford Mustang driver Nash Morris, but he is another targeting a return of luck and form at Bathurst.

Making his return for Dream Racing Australia after missing Phillip Island is Pioneer DJ-supported Elliot Barbour, who impressed on debut at Symmons Plains and adds to the depth in the field.

Making his debut this weekend is son of former Development Series racer Michael and fourth generation racer James Simpson in the Seven82Motors Dodge Challenger.

Action for the third round of Turtle Wax Trans Am at Bathurst begins with opening practice at 8:15am.

Get up close and watch the Turtle Wax Trans Am Series at Mount Panorama as part of a bumper Hi-Tec Oils Bathurst 6 Hour bill also featuring the Supercheap Auto TCR Australia Series, the MRF Tyres Australian Pulsar Racing Association, NSW Historic Touring Cars and NSW HQ Holdens.

All of the action will be live, ad-break free and on demand exclusively on Stan Sport in Australia.

CLICK HERE to secure your tickets to the Hi-Tec Oils Bathurst 6 Hour.

Round 3 Bathurst, Turtle Wax Trans Am Series entry list

Car # Class 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
8 Hoosier Cup Wealth Rite Racing Chris Pappas QLD Ford Mustang
12 Hoosier Cup Shaun Richardson Motorsport Shaun Richardson QLD Dodge Challenger
23 Masters Cup Holinger Racing John Holinger VIC Chevrolet Camaro
27 Outright Pioneer DJ Elliot Barbour VIC Chevrolet Camaro
31 Hoosier Cup Bruce Lynton Service Dalton Ellery QLD Ford Mustang
33 Hoosier Cup Team Boley Racing Brock Boley WA Chevrolet Camaro
36 Outright PBS Specialty Coatings Cody Burcher NSW Ford Mustang
37 Outright Dream Racing Australia Jackson Rice VIC Dodge Challenger
38 Outright Paynter Dixon Wall Racing Tim Brook NSW Ford Mustang
45 Outright Up2/11 Motorsport GRM Lochie Dalton TAS Ford Mustang
48 Outright Nic Carroll Motorsport Nic Carroll VIC Dodge Challenger
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
88 Hoosier Cup Ownit Homes/Superior Jetties John Harris QLD Ford Mustang
99 Outright TPS Group/Breeze Holiday Park 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
782 Hoosier Cup Seven82Motors James Simpson QLD Dodge Challenger