New Trans-Am series enjoys successful launch

Chad Cotton won three of the four races from the inaugural round of the TA2 Racing Australia Series

Chad Cotton won three of the four races from the inaugural round of the TA2 Racing Australia Series

Chad Cotton secured the inaugural round victory as Australia’s new TA2 Racing Trans-Am series kicked off at Lakeside Raceway.

The newly conceived category designed to be a modern take on Trans-Am racing welcomed eight cars built by American outfit Howe Racing Enterprises.

The TA2 formula utilises a space-frame Howe Racing Enterprises chassis fitted with a controlled GM Motorsport V8 engine, which develops 525 horsepower.

Former Supercars privateer Craig Harris (Ford Mustang) netted the series’ maiden win from pole position before Cotton went on to score a hat-trick of victories in the final three races.

The Canberra racer, who finished second in the opener, was pushed hard by Harris in each of the heats before going on to take the chequered flag.

Series founder Peter Robinson, Russell Wright and Cameron Sendall all enjoyed third place finishes, while ex-Supercars racer Bob Thorn scored a best result of sixth in Race 2 on his return to motorsport.

“I wasn’t expecting a lot this weekend, this was only my second ever race meeting at Lakeside,” said Cotton.

“The guys I am racing with are so professional, a lot of them have come from a lifetime of racing. The cars are all the same so it comes down to the driver and I was lucky enough to have a good run.”

Robinson was impressed by the category’s maiden competitive outing.

“It couldn’t have gone any better in terms of the way the guys drove, the presentation of the vehicles and the feedback from the fans,” said Robinson.

“All in all it was a fantastic effort by all involved and we all can’t wait for the next round.”

Organisers have previously confirmed the grid will expand to 17 cars before the second round at Queensland Raceway from October 15-16.

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