Bathurst International prepares for Trans Am West Australian invasion
The experienced Brett Niall alongside Sprintcar competitor Jason Pryde will lead a West Australian invasion on the Mountain at the Supercheap Auto Bathurst International next month.
The pair will contest the Turtle Wax Trans Am 100, featuring three races, with the final being the all-important 100km race – the longest single Trans Am race of the year.
Niall has previously raced at the Mountain, including numerous times as a class contender in the LIQUI MOLY Bathurst 12 Hour. He has also been a stalwart of Saloon Car racing in Western Australia, but recently made the switch to local Trans Am competition in a Ford Mustang.
A Sprint Car frontrunner in the west, New Zealand-born Pryde swapped clay for tarmac earlier this year and after tasting the Mountain as a spectator at the 1000km race this year, will make his debut in the Turtle Wax Trans Am 100 in November, driving a Chevrolet Camaro.
For Pryde, it’s a matter of ticking a bucket list item and he is excited for the challenge on the legendary circuit.
The West Aussie duo will be host of regular entries including reigning Turtle Wax Trans Am Series winner Nathan Herne, Garry Rogers Motorsport team-mates Owen Kelly and Lochie Dalton, plus front-runners Ben Grice, Nic Carroll, Brett Holdsworth and Orange-based Cody Burcher headline a stacked entry list that will be announced soon.
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If you are unable to make it to Mount Panorama and witness the inaugural Supercheap Auto Bathurst International first-hand, Stan Sport will broadcast the event live and ad-break free on Saturday and Sunday (Nov 12th and 13th), as well as free-to-air coverage on the Nine Network’s channels on Saturday afternoon. Check your local guides for full details.
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“For me it’s definitely a bucket list thing to race at Bathurst, especially in a Trans Am. It’s going to be pretty cool,” Pryde said.
“Racing a V8 around the Bathurst is what people dream to do and it’s not something we probably thought we’d be able to do, but to roll in there will be awesome. My dad’s coming over from New Zealand, so it will be pretty awesome to be there together and we’ve got some good people behind us.
“Brett has been there before, so we’ll try to lean on him for his experience.
“I think just understanding the track is the biggest challenge. What’s clear from everything I’ve watched from there, no rookie goes and dominates, the people that go the best are generally the ones with the most experience around there, so for me personally it’s going to be about getting the most laps done as we can across the weekend.
“I really enjoy driving the Trans Am. They’re a lot different to what we’re used to, but they’re a heap of fun and taking on the Mountain will be a whole new level again.
“We’ve raced at Wanneroo and Collie, which was the first time I’d been to either to drive the Trans Am. We’re starting to get our heads around it, we’ve had both dry and wet running, which was good to have. We feel quite comfortable around those tracks, so I think it’s time to try a new one and there’s no better place than Bathurst.”