Oz Trans-Am roars into life for 2014

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The Aus­tralian Trans-Am se­ries has roared into ac­tion for 2014 with two mar­ques and two driv­ers shar­ing the wins at its sea­son-open­ing meet­ing at his­toric Lake­side Park in March.

For­mer tour­ing car driver Craig Har­ris claimed his first win in the Tenkate Plant Hire-spon­sored cat­e­gory driv­ing a 1970 Ford Mus­tang. Har­ris backed that up with an­other win in race two.

“What a great se­ries to run in. I have raced in many dif­fer­ent cat­e­gories from Gem­i­nis through to V8 Su­per­cars and have never come across a bet­ter bunch of racers and or­gan­i­sa­tion than what I have so far wit­nessed,” said Har­ris, whose collection of race­cars AMC fea­tured last edi­tion.

Sean English also claimed his first vic­tory in the cat­e­gory, pilot­ing last year’s cham­pi­onship win­ning Chevro­let Ca­maro to the che­quered flag in races three and four.

English now leads the se­ries head­ing into round two at Queens­land Race­way on May 3-4.

Off the track, pun­ters were treated to some eye candy in the form of Ian Palmer’s Tour­ing Car Masters Fire­bird, known as ‘Ricky Pon­tiac.’

Cat­e­gory di­rec­tor Ian Wood­ward, who builds many of the cars, said the fu­ture of the cat­e­gory is look­ing good.

“Plenty of pos­i­tive feed­back from com­peti­tors, of­fi­cials and man­age­ment of Lake­side on the weekend. We have a mar­ketable, pro­motable, pro­fes­sional pack­age. This is the best news we could hear af­ter only our first round,” said Wood­ward.

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