MRA Champions to be Crowned on Sunday in Goulburn.

MRA Champions to be Crowned on Sunday in Goulburn.

1149035_10151827199667138_987749101_nFor most, August marks the time of the mid-season break, but for the Motor Racing Australia circus, it’s the end of the road for 2016.

The series has been on-track since the end of January, with the fourth and final round to be contested on Sunday at Goulburn’s Wakefield Park Raceway.

For some drivers, a long off-season awaits at the conclusion of racing on Sunday, but for others, there’s plenty of other racing on the agenda, not least the Winton 300, the AASA State Championship and the CAMS NSW Motor Racing Championship.

12391395_552017878287976_7187416887541841150_nSeven categories will be on-track at this round of the series – a series that has enjoyed great success and huge interest in 2016, after behind-the-scenes changes in the off-season.

MRA’s mainstay category Super TT will again headline the last day of school for 2016, with over 30 cars entered for the third round in succession, and will be supported by regular MRA fixtures, the Mazda MX5 Cup, Mini’s and Regularity, while the PRB Clubmans make their first appearance on the MRA card for 2016.
The Alfa series returns for the second time this season, while the Pulsar Series, which is fast becoming a regular starter on the MRA grid itself, is second to Super TT in entry numbers.

1048343_202920006531100_1064994753_oThere’s no doubt that the Nissan Pulsar drivers have provided some of the best entertainment and racing of the 2016 season, and we expect that to continue on Sunday.
Last time out, Jaie Robson stole the show – smashing the lap record and winning the round. He also stole the headlines in May, for his incident with girlfriend Tyra Maranik. This time however, someone will steal the show, as neither Robson or Maranik are entered for this round.
It’s been well documented that Jaie Robson has an Aussie Racing Car drive coming up at Sydney Motorsport Park next month, and that’s where his focus is at this point in time.

Defending Champion Dimitri Agathos will go into this round as favourite to take victory, with no Robson and no Jordan Cox challenging him for the win.

11216234_467975483358883_484042560305070520_oThe Pulsar series will have three races on the program.

Super TT is, without doubt, the cornerstone of AASA sanctioned racing in Australia, and yet again, the drivers in Super TT have delivered a high standard of racing throughout the 2016 MRA season.

Parry Anastakis returns to the grid, after missing the previous round due to a holiday in Europe. Anastakis is one of several drivers to score a race win so far in 2016.

Craig Thornton will return to the track. His father Iain will run a Nissan Pulsar in the Pulsar Series, before Craig takes the car out in Super TT.

12745833_10156483608740468_8112140457949618642_nDaniel Kapetanovic returns in his BMW328i, but the man to beat will be Andrew MacPherson, who has entered his Lotus Exige for the event.

David Bailey is back in his Toyota 86 – getting some extra track miles ahead of next weekend’s V8 Superlaps Production Touring Car Championship round – also at Wakefield Park.

The ever popular Alfa Veloce Racing series returns to Goulburn for the second time in 2016. 16 drivers will contest three races, with Alfio Musumeci starting as favourite to take out top honours.

John Walker has dominated the Mini series right throughout the 2016 season, and in a field of four, it’s hard to see him not sealing the title this weekend. Thomas Browell, Hans Riehs and Robert Byrnes will make up the field.

12783553_10156483610835468_2650016377801017430_oCameron Macarthur showed the rest of the MX5 fraternity how it’s done earlier this year, and in a field of ten on Sunday, he will be hard to beat. This round of MRA sees the return of Lou Iezzi to the Mazda MX5 field. We’ve not seen Iezzi in the MRA paddock in 2016, and prior to that, he was more prominent in Modern Sports Cars.

The PRB Clubman’s return to Wakefield Park this weekend, and just over a month ago, Malcolm Lee claimed a clean-sweep. Of the nine competitors who contested the July round, just Jos Kroon is entered for Sunday’s racing, with nine new drivers ready to fight it out for victory across three races!

r0_0_3424_1720_w1200_h678_fmaxQuite a few drivers will run in Regularity, which itself is a regular on the MRA card.

Tomorrow will see Jessica Nicholson swap the paperwork of race control for the cockpit of her Mazda RX8. Also entered are Scott Walker in the HQ, Bathust’s Tim Wrightson in his Morris Mini Cooper, and the second of the girls – Tamara Wheeler in the Hyundai Excel.

It should be a fantastic day to close the 2016 MRA season – FREE ENTRY for those heading trackside, with on-track action getting underway at 9am AEST.

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