The popular Motor Racing Australia series returns to the track this weekend, for the first of four events in the 2016 season – all of which will be held, as usual, at Wakefield Park in Goulburn.
No less than five categories will take to the track on Saturday, with the headline act being Super TT – one of the cornerstone categories in Australian club level motor racing.
Joining Super TT will be the Mazda MX5 Championship and the New South Wales Superkarts, along with the Mini’s and the ever popular Regularity.
For some competitors, Round 1 will work as a opportunity to gain some track time ahead of next month’s Wakefield 300 – an event contested by many Super TT and Mazda MX5 racers.
Looking through the entries, John Walker will be hard to beat in the Mini Series. Walker’s main opponent from the previous two seasons, Linda Devlin isn’t on the grid for Round 1. The Victorian has been the only driver able to match, or better the pace of Walker in recent times, and without her on the grid, Walker starts as favourite.
In the Mazda MX5 series, Daniel Deckers will be tough to beat once more, but he’ll face stiff competition from Luke Otten, as well as Shane Otten, who’ll return to the MRA and Mazda MX5 Series for the first time in a while.
Super TT is an open horse race, as per usual. With the opening meeting of the year, comes the traditional influx of entries… No less than 27 drivers will take to the track for Saturday’s racing, cementing their tag as the signature category of the MRA series.
Geoff Stockley will race in Terry Denovan’s Holden Commodore, as they get set to team-up in the Wakefield 300 next month. Endree Saade is back in his BMW E36 M3. Emily Duggan will represent the girls on the grid, in a Mazda 626, while fellow Excel racer Brett McFarland will run in a Subaru WRX, and Matthew Cosier has moved from Regularity to the Super TT series for 2016.
The Superkarts circus travel in big numbers, and that’s no different for the opening event of 2016, with Lee Vella, Wayne Horswell, Mark Vickers, John Pellicano and Paul Campbell the drivers to keep an eye out for.
All classes will enjoy four races in Round 1, with three races of 5 laps, and one of 8 for all categories bar the Superkarts, who’ll enjoy two races of 6 laps, one of 10, and one of 8, around the 2.2km Goulburn circuit.
Regularity sessions will be 10 minutes each.
Gates open at 7am. Cars will be on-track at 9am. Entry to the public is FREE. Zak Caban will be calling all the action for you, and you’ll be able to listen to it on 87.8FM.