Morris returns to Trans Am field for Phillip Island
NASH MORRIS will re-join an increasingly competitive Trans Am Series fight when the series resumes at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit next week.
The Queenslander will race a Supercheap Auto-backed Ford Mustang in the second round of the series, one that already features many of his current or previous Supercars contemporaries.
Series leader James Moffat, who won the opening round at AWC Race Tasmania aboard his Team Valvoline GRM Mustang, leads the highly competitive Phillip Island field to the Shannons SpeedSeries event.
Moffat leads Tasmanian Lochie Dalton and Jaylyn Robotham into the second round of the series, with Owen Kelly and Brett Holdsworth just behind.
Dalton, who also races for GRM, said it was clear that the Trans Am game had been raised in season 2023.
“Coming out of Tassie, I think it was obvious that everyone had stepped it up a lot this year, we have got a few new teams and they are really taking it up to us here at GRM,” Dalton said.
“That means coming into the round, we were a little bit unsure; I knew it would be strong but then you’ve got the new teams right on our tails and outqualifying us.
“There are a lot of big names, Owen has had a very big career in America and in Australia and the same with the likes of Moffat, Brett Holdsworth and even Jaylyn is very experienced in Supercars.”
Newcomer Elliott Cleary makes his Trans Am Series debut at Phillip Island, stepping into the #19 The Racing Academy Mustang driven in Tasmania by Tim Slade.
Cleary, a graduate from Karting, was slightly too young to race in the opening round, with his debut to come this weekend instead alongside teammate Cody Gillis.
Meanwhile, Ben Grice returns in a brand-new Mustang following his major Symmons Plains crash.
The Trans Am Series will contest three races as part of the Shannons SpeedSeries event at Phillip Island on May 12-14.
Tickets for the second round of the SpeedSeries season are still available via motorsporttickets.com.au.
For those who are unable to make the trip to Phillip Island, Stan Sport will provide live and uninterrupted coverage from most of Saturday and Sunday’s action, while 9Gem will also broadcast three hours of Saturday afternoon’s racing.
The second round of the S5000 Australian Drivers’ Championship kicks off at the Shannons SpeedSeries Phillip Island event on 12-14 May.
ENTRY LIST – ROUND 2, TRANS AM SERIES
|03||Outright||All American Driveline||Ben Grice||VIC||Ford||Mustang||6200||Red/White/Blue|
|5||Outright||The Racing Academy||Cody Gillis||WA||Ford||Mustang||6200||White|
|8||Hoosier Cup||Wealth Rite Racing||Chris Pappas||QLD||Ford||Mustang||6200||White|
|19||Outright||The Racing Academy||Elliott Cleary||NSW||Ford||Mustang||6200||White|
|23||Masters Cup||Holinger Racing||John Holinger||VIC||Chevrolet||Camaro||6200||Black|
|27||Outright||Dream Racing Australia||Tyler Everingham||NSW||Chevrolet||Camaro||6200||White|
|29||Outright||The Racing Academy||Jaylyn Robotham||VIC||Ford||Mustang||6200||White|
|30||Outright||Tom Hayman Motorsport||Tom Hayman||NSW||Ford||Mustang||6200||Yellow|
|34||Outright||Team Valvoline GRM||James Moffat||VIC||Ford||Mustang||6200||Red|
|67||Outright||Supercheap Auto Racing||Nash Morris||QLD||Ford||Mustang||6200||Red|
|73||Outright||Owen Kelly Motorsport||Owen Kelly||TAS||Ford||Mustang||6200||White|
|75||Outright||Pioneer DJ||Elliot Barbour||VIC||Chevrolet||Camaro||6200||White|
|99||Outright||TPS Group/Breeze Holiday Parks||Brett Holdsworth||VIC||Chevrolet||Camaro||6200||White/Green|
|116||Outright||Sydney Property Care GRM||Edan Thornburrow||NSW||Ford||Mustang||6200||Black|
|200||Outright||Dream Racing Australia / Auto Fix||Joshua Webster||TAS||Chevrolet||Camaro||6200||White|
|777||Masters Cup||Dream Racing Australia||Craig Scutella||NSW||Chevrolet||Camaro||6200||Blue|