The Sporting Car Club of South Australia
“Porsche – IROC series on show as large fields headline third round of Master of Mallala Series”
This weekend’s third round of the Master of Mallala Series will play host to yet another wide variety of categories of motorsport, headlined by the one make Porsche-IROC series, catered for the German marques of years past. The event will also incorporate well over 20 Circuit Excel cars and a strengthening field of Improved Production cars, ranging from V8 powered Holden Commodores to rotary Mazdas, with all classes battling across two days with five races each.
The Porsche – IROC series is one that is relatively new to the Australian motor racing landscape, and while the Porsche brand is well developed at a National level for the newer GT3 cars both in the Carrera Cup and GT3 Cup Challenge, the opportunity to re-introduce the older brand varieties into a one-make series has resulted in a growing interest from competitors around Australia to compete against like-minded drivers with a shared level of enthusiasm.
While the field is dominated mainly by South Australian competitors, headed up by the likes of Graeme Cook, Greg Keene, Amanda Sparks and
Rory O’Neill who have all competed at a National level, this weekend will also see a fleet of Victorians take on their interstate rivals. Former Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge competitor Sven Burchartz is amongst those making the journey across, likewise older brother to Cameron Waters, current Dunlop V8 Supercar Development Series Championship leader, Jarod Waters will step behind the wheel.
The Circuit Excel category is continuing to strengthen its presence within South Australian motorsport. Over 20 cars will take to the track this weekend, with an ever increasing level of younger competitors turning to the series as a stepping stone from Karting in an effort to further develop their race craft before progressing in their career. Tyson Harvey and Max Vidau are amongst those that will step behind the wheel for the first time at a car racing meeting this weekend.
Improved Production is commonly recognised as a category of racing that includes a mixed bag of cars and this weekend certainly reflects that idea.
A large field of rotary powered cars, including Mazda’s, Nissan’s and Datsun’s will be up against the more powerful V8 Holden Commodore’s and Holden Torana’s, though despite their obvious advantages in terms of overall straight line speed, the tight and complex layout of Mallala Motorsport Park mixes up the field and is assured to provide close racing across the entire event.
The race categories contesting this weekend’s event are; HQ Holdens, Improved Production, Saloon Cars, Formula Vee, Historic Racing, Group N – Historic Touring Cars, MGF, Formula Ford, F-1000, Sports Cars, Circuit Excel and Porsche - IROC.
Qualifying and the opening races for all categories will be conducted on Saturday with the remaining races to take place on Sunday.
Round 1 of the 2016 Masters of Mallala Series will take place at Mallala Motorsport Park on Saturday 20th February.
On track action commences at 9.30am on Saturday and 9am on Sunday and tickets are available at the gate. (Adults $20.00 each per day or $30 for a 2 day pass - Children under 14 FREE).
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