19 July 2022 | General

Trans Ams return to the track up north

Many of this year’s Turtle Wax Trans Am Series contenders have ventured to Queensland Raceway, completing a two-day test at the newly upgraded venue ahead of the round there next month.

Currently, Garry Rogers Motorsport pair Owen Kelly and Nathan Herne lead the standings entering the final two rounds of the season starting at Queensland Raceway on August 5-7 before moving to the team’s home circuit at Sandown in September.

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Herne aims to bounce back up north after a retirement at Sydney Motorsport Park dropped behind teammate Kelly, but the young gun is expected to reap the benefits after participating in the test.

The third GRM Ford Mustang driven by rookie Lochie Dalton also made the trip as Turtle Wax Trans Am makes its debut at Queensland Raceway.

Paul Morris Motorsport was also in attendance with its entries for Supercheap Auto-supported Nash Morris and Chris Pappas.

Morris has a luckless season so far, but is sure to be at the front at his home circuit and Pappas is inside the top 10 in the title standings entering the season’s conclusion.

Victorian-based Ben Grice also did some mileage at the circuit alongside stablemate John Holinger.

Another driver coming good at the right end of the season, Grice has endured a tough campaign although he has demonstrated the pace his All American Auto Parts and Driveline Ford Mustang on many occasions.

Grice finished on the podium at Sydney Motorsport Park and is sure to continue this form at Queensland Raceway.

Dream Racing Australia also enjoyed a trouble free run of testing at the circuit as Craig Scutella and Jackson Rice ran plenty of laps alongside providing an opportunity for young drivers to sample Turtle Wax Trans Am machinery.

Rice recently switched from Dodge Challenger to a Ford Mustang featuring sponsorship from Orafol.

It is expected close to 30 entries will contest Round 5 of the Turtle Wax Trans Am Series at Queensland Raceway on August 3-5.