Trans-Am 2 Set for Ipswich Festival Showdown

Trans-Am 2 Set for Ipswich Festival ShowdownFollowing a successful season opener at Lakeside Park, the Trans-Am 2 Australia Series heads to Ipswich’s Queensland Raceway for the second round of the 2017 Queensland season at the Ipswich Festival of Cars on May 6 and 7.

The recently launched modern American muscle car category returns with seven cars set to hit the track, with five drivers absent from the entry list due to prior commitments outside of racing.

Queensland category manager Craig Harris is impressed with the amount of interest for the Trans-Am 2 series since its launch.

“It’s low-cost, high-performance racing, and the ongoing maintenance is very little,” said Harris.

“The engines are sealed, as are the gearboxes and the ECUs. It’s not chequebook racing and that is what has attracted so much interest from competitors already.

“There are 17 cars in the country, with 12 of those sold. With all three brands available, interested owners don’t have to wait to get their hands on a Trans-Am 2.”

Mustang racer Russell Wright clean swept the opening round at the Lakeside Tribute after a thrilling battle with Harris, Ian McAlister and TA2 newcomer Anthony Tenkate.

“It was a great points start for 2017, my car was handling perfectly and I selected the right diff gearing. However, Harris and Tenkate were also fast at Lakeside and last time we attended QR, Peter Robinson won the round… I’ve no doubt it’s going to be close,” said Wright.

“It doesn’t matter whether its a Dodge Challenger, Chev Camaro or a Ford Mustang, the cars are identical in terms of lap times.

“The only variance is the way each owner sets up his car in terms of suspension, spring rates and diff ratio, and how aggressively he drives it.”

Track action gets underway on Friday with general practice, before qualifying and four races scheduled for the category across the weekend.