Stage set for Boost Mobile Race Tasmania
January 24, 2021
The stage is set for the return of national level Australian Motorsport at the Boost Mobile Race Tasmania event, to be held this week at Symmons Plains Raceway.
Key contenders from the Supercheap Auto TCR Australia Series, VHT S5000 Australian Drivers’ Championship, Gulf Western Oil Touring Car Masters series and National TransAm Series gathered at the circuit today to officially launch the inaugural event, commencing tomorrow and culminating in an Australia Day spectacular on Tuesday.
The star-studded Supercheap Auto TCR Australia field will see the debut of the two-litre tin-tops at Symmons Plains.
Key contenders are expected to include Bathurst winners Chaz Mostert and Jason Bargwanna, Lee Holdsworth, Michael Caruso, Tony D’Alberto and James Moffat, while six different brands are represented among the 18-car field.
Top-flight open wheel racing returns to Tasmania in the form of the VHT S5000 Australian Drivers’ Championship, the V8-powered ‘wings and slicks’ cars expected to challenge the 41-year-old Symmons Plains outright lap record this weekend.
The S5000 Championship commences a new era for the storied history of the Motorsport Australia Gold Star award, first awarded in 1957.
Title contender Thomas Randle – a proven front runner in the category – will be a key contender this weekend, though the young Victorian is fortunate to be racing at all following a recent bout with Testicular Cancer.
While recent surgery and Chemotherapy treatments had cast doubts over his participation this weekend, Doctors declared Randle fit to race last week paving the way for his title challenge to commence on schedule.
Tasmanian racing hero John Bowe will headline the Gulf Western Oil Touring Car Masters Series, the category for classic Muscle cars from the 1960s-1980s set for the first round of the championship.
Bowe, Steven Johnson and Tasmanian young-gun Adam Garwood are expected to be leading contenders in the popular category this weekend.The opening round of the TransAm National Series will see a 19-car field compete, third-generation driver Aaron Seton, Brett Holdsworth and Tasmanian Owen Kelly likely to be among the contenders.