On Sunday, the 2017 season launches at Wakefield Park in Goulburn, and so will begin the biggest season in Motor Racing Australia history.
The series will start, and finish, at Wakefield Park, as per usual, but the expanded five-round championship will also head to Sydney Motorsport Park for Round 2 and 3.
A sixth event will be contested, for Super TT only, as part of the new-look Wakefield Motor Racing Championships at the end of April.
As noted in the press release that confirmed the 2017 schedule, the All British Day will be somewhat discontinued, although the Triumphs will appear at Round 5 in Goulburn, with that event – which is normally held on the last Sunday in June – now being held on the first Sunday in July.
Plenty to look forward to across the course of the season, and it starts with Round 1 on Sunday, where the Australian Pulsar Racing Association of New South Wales, and the mainstay of MRA, Super TT, will headline proceedings.
Twenty-seven cars will line-up for the first Super TT racing of 2017. In an era where the Pulsar and Excel series’ are thriving with big numbers, Super TT has stood the test of time, remaining hugely competitive and attracting big numbers.
With the Wakefield 300 only four weeks away, the three sprint races on Sunday provide, those competing in the 300km race, a perfect opportunity to test their cars in race-trim.
Andrew MacPherson will line-up in his Lotus Exige, whil Daniel Kapetanovic will field his BMW 328, and Endree Saade is entered in his BMW E36 M3.
In all, 13 different manufacturers are represented in the 27-car field, including familiar faces from seasons gone by, along with some new faces, who are ready to make an impact on the upcoming season.
A strong 30-car field will line-up for Sunday’s eagerly anticipated racing – the first of six rounds for the NSW APRA Series in 2017.
Some big names from last season will not feature on the grid this weekend – John Boston, Tyra Maranik, Jaie Robson and former champion, Dimitri Agathos won’t line up on the grid, and while that’s disappointing in some aspects, it makes for some very exciting racing on Sunday, as we’ll get our first-look at which drivers can step up to the plate, and be title contenders for the 2017 season.
For more on the Pulsar Series opener, click HERE.
Superkarts, the new Clubman series and Regularity will also feature on the program.
There are some new faces within the field, joining experienced campaigners, Wayne Horswell, Graeme Taplin, John Pellicano, Alan Dodge and Mark Robin
Seven drivers will line up for the Clubman races, with Jos Kroon leading the field.
There’ll be five sessions of regularity, four races for the Clubmans and Superkarts, and three cracking races for both Super TT and the Pulsars, in what is a jam-packed schedule for the first event of the year.
Fine and sunny conditions are forecast for Sunday’s racing, with a top temperature of 34 degrees, and track activity commencing at 9am.