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Apr 15, 2013

HOME TURF ADVANTAGE SET TO PAY OFF FOR LOCAL TALENT AT MALLALA

YOUNG SOUTH AUSTRALIAN talent will aim to be at the front of some of Australia’s most competitive national racing categories at Mallala Raceway next weekend.

Round two of the Shannons Australian Motor Racing Championships arrives at the 2.6km circuit north of Adelaide next week with local drivers racing at the forefront of almost every category on the program – including the ever-expanding Kumho V8 Touring Car Series and the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge presented by Pirelli.

The V8’s and one-make Porsche series will join the fire-breathing Kerrick Sports Sedans, the Holden-v-Ford Saloon Cars and Suzuki Swift one-make series in a big program of racing across next Saturday and Sunday.

| Click here to view the Mallala Round page for entry lists, the event schedule and more!

In the Kumho V8’s local fans will be watching young drivers Dan Day and Josh Kean, both in their first years in the category.

18-year-old Day comes from a Rallying background, while Kean has made the step up from six-cylinder Saloon Cars in just his second ever year of car racing.

“We started in Saloon Cars at Mallala last year,” Kean said.

“It was our first year in motor racing and we had a good year – despite missing (the opening round at) Bathurst we managed to finish second in the championship, so we were pretty happy.

“The V8 is unbelievable. The brakes are ridiculous and the power is ridiculous. You have to be on the top of the game physically and mentally and give 100% to it – if you don’t you’re not going to get there. You have to be on it all the time.”

In the series for ex-V8 Supercars, Kean is racing a car with notable history both for South Australia and the sport in general.

His VZ Commodore was not only built and run by local team, Team Dynamik – but was driven by the late Jason Richards and still carries the same livery that the Kiwi ran during his time with the team.

Day, meanwhile, has an ex-Brad Jones Racing Ford Falcon at his disposal, once raced in the main game by touring car great, John Bowe.

“The car has come from Drew Russell in last years V8 Supercar Development Series - It’s been a good car but we’re still trying to get a handle on it, it’s totally different to what I’m used to,” Day said.

Day’s career began in Rallying, the youngster spending five years on the dirt before making the switch to circuit-based competition this year.

“I’m 18 and I’ve been racing for five years. I started in smaller events like motorkhanas and whatnot and I’ve moved up to rallying. This year is going to be a big learning curve for us because it’s totally different to the rally car I am used to.

“It has big horsepower and rear wheel drive so it’s going to be a big learning curve – but I’m looking forward to it.”

The V8 field also includes local hopes like former series champion, Chris Smerdon, Shawn Jaimeson, Ian Yeing and Barossa Valley racer, Michael Bartsch.

Meanwhile, Adelaide driver Michael Almond will enter his second full season in the one-make Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge series next weekend after stunning the establishment on his series debut at the track one year ago.

Almond, the son of noted Porsche and Production car racer, Ross, qualified on pole position on his series debut at Mallala last year and went on to finish sixth in the championship.

In a year of firsts, Almond also started his first Carrera Cup round and also gained on-track experience racing an older Porsche 911 in the classic Touring Car Masters series – where he will also race this year.

The Shannons Australian Motor Racing Nationals offers race fans and competitors a value-for money and accessible national racing series with a host of exciting racing categories.

The Nationals return to Mallala for their annual visit next weekend with a packed weekend of competition – including Saturday twilight / night racing for the Kumho V8’s and Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge.

Spectators can buy tickets for $25 / day – or $40 for a weekend pass.

Sunday’s racing will be streamed live on the internet via the Shannons Nationals website, www.thenationals.com.au

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