The Bend Headlines 2019 TA2 Calendar
TA2 Racing Australia management has today confirmed a six-round calendar for the 2019 TA2 Muscle Car Series.
The series will visit five seperate venues in four states, including the series’ maiden visit to South Australia at The Bend Motorsport Park, the recently completed state-of-the-art motorsport precinct at Tailem Bend.
The season will commence at the venue of the 2018 finale at Sydney Motorsport Park, supporting the opening round of the Australian Production Car Series promoted by Sherrin Motorsport.
The Bend’s visit encompasses one of three rounds headlining the Australian Motor Racing Series (AMRS) program, with Morgan Park (round two) and a return to Sydney Motorsport Park for round five.Benalla Auto Club CEO Chris Lewis-Williams welcomes the return of TA2 to the AMRS bill this year.
“We are excited that TA2 has chosen to increase their involvement with the AMRS in 2019,” said Lewis-Williams.
“To have a huge grid of V8 TA2 cars thundering around at selected AMRS rounds is great for the continued growth of the Australian Motor Racing Series in our second year.
“We are proud to be able to offer the kind of race meeting experience that the TA2 racers want and we see our relationship going from strength to strength in future years.”
The series’ sole visit to Winton will take place in mid-August at a state-level meeting at the regional Victorian circuit.
With over 32 cars now sold nationally, TA2 has expanded its roots from being a Queensland-centric series, to a true East Coast championship covering some of the best Australian motor racing circuits, and with a significantly higher profile talent bank of drivers, including former Toyota 86 Series regular Aaron Seton, Audi TT Cup racer Drew Ridge, Formula Ford graduate Nathan Herne and former Super2 and GT driver George Miedecke, .
“I’m so excited about TA2 in 2019. We had a great weekend supporting the Bathurst 12 Hour and hopefully that means our team will be strong championship contenders,” said Miedecke.
“The calendar looks great with some awesome circuits and lots of variation, I’m especially looking forward to heading to The Bend for the first time.
“The racing should be great too - with these young guys coming in and the established series regulars, I don’t expect Aaron Seton and I will have an easy time of it!”
The Queensland-born series has expanded from its roots at Queensland Raceway, dropping from three events to one at the Ipswich circuit, as the series books their first visit to Warwick’s Morgan Park raceway in April with the AMRS.
Queensland Raceway will play host to the final round of the series in November, with talks in place to hold a twilight endurance race on the Saturday evening, with the venue looking to install lights to enable night racing from mid year.
“We have tried to maintain the balance of lower cost racing, which has been the success of TA2 in its infancy, while expanding the series to include different experiences for the drivers, higher profile media coverage and variety in the race formats,” explained TA2 Muscle Car Series manager Craig Denyer.
“We are keen to do an endurance race of at least one hour, which may be double points during the season, and follow the progress of Queensland Raceway’s lighting programme which could offer something special for TA2 as a final round.”
Round One at Sydney Motorsport Park on March 1/3 will be streamed live through Blend Line TV and the ‘TA2 Racing’ facebook page, where drivers will once again be fighting for the ‘Performax Cup’ championship.
2019 TA2 Muscle Car Series Calendar
Round 1 - Sydney Motorsport Park, NSW (Sherrin Motorsport) - March 1/3
Round 2 - Morgan Park Raceway, QLD (AMRS) - April 5/7
Round 3 - The Bend Motorsport Park, SA (AMRS) - June 21/23
Round 4 - Winton Motor Raceway, VIC - August 16/18
Round 5 - Sydney Motorsport Park, NSW (AMRS) - September 27/29
Round 6 - Queensland Raceway, QLD (RACERS) - November 1/3