Super2 young gun in for S5000 debut

Thomas Maxwell

Dunlop Super2 Series rookie Thomas Maxwell will race in front of his home crowd next weekend as he makes his S5000 debut.

Following stints in British Formula 3, Formula Renault Eurocup and Porsche Paynter Dixon Carrera Cup Australia, Maxwell has put himself on the Supercars map with an impressive first two rounds in a MW Motorsport Nissan Altima.

Maxwell, who celebrates his 24th birthday today, will race for Versa Motorsport at Hidden Valley Raceway, which will host the 2022 S5000 Australian Drivers’ Championship finale in support of the Merlin Darwin Triple Crown.

“Firstly, it’s a big thanks to Barry Rogers at GRM and everyone for putting this deal together,” said the Territorian.

“It’s going to be super exciting to be racing at home again and also enjoying Darwin’s sun… it should be amazing.

“I drove one of the cars in a quick test back in 2019, but been a few years since then. It’s going to be tricky to try and adapt and learn everything so quickly. It’s an awesome challenge.

“The chance to race at home and fly the flag for the Territory was too good to pass up.

“We didn’t get to go there with Super2, but to go and race anything at Hidden Valley is always good in front of the home town friends and family.”

Also in the 12-car field will be John Martin and Tim Berryman, while Kaleb Ngatoa and Sebastien Amadio return after missing the most recent round at Sydney Motorsport Park.

Joey Mawson enters Darwin with a 55-point championship buffer over nearest rival Tim Macrow, while James Golding and Cooper Webster are also still in contention.

Entry list: S5000 Australian Drivers’ Championship, Hidden Valley Raceway

Number Team Driver State Colour
1 ALABAR/Form700 Team BRM Joey Mawson NSW Black/Red
3 ALABAR/Form700 Team BRM Tim Berryman NSW Black/Red
5 Versa Motorsport Thomas Maxwell NT Black
15 Team BRM Kaleb Ngatoa NZ Red
18 Team Valvoline GRM Aaron Cameron VIC Black/Gold
22 Amadio Motorsport GRM Sebastien Amadio SA Black
23 UCS Group Racing TMR Tim Macrow VIC Orange/Black
24 Versa Motorsport John Martin NSW White
29 Team Valvoline GRM Nathan Herne NSW Red/White
31 Team Valvoline GRM James Golding VIC Red
37 Versa Motorsport Cooper Webster VIC Black/Yellow
48 Nippy’s Blake Purdie SA White/Orange

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