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Jul 2, 2014

SETON FAMILY TO TACKLE AUSTRALIAN FOUR HOUR

THE SETON RACING dynasty will expand further during round five of the Shannons Australian Motor Racing Nationals this July, adding to an already remarkable family racing history.

16-year-old Aaron Seton, son of two-time Australian Touring Car / V8 Supercar Champion Glenn, will make his National racing debut driving with his father and Bob Pearson during the Australian Four-hour Australian Manufacturers Championship (AMChamp) endurance race at Sydney Motorsport Park.

To make things even more of a family affair, Aaron’s grandfather Barry ‘Bo’ Seton – the 1965 Bathurst 500 champion - will work with the Pro-Duct team in a management and tactical capacity during the July 11-13 event that also includes racing for the Radical Australia Cup, Australian Sports Racer Series and the Australian Superkart Championship.

The unique entry will see three generations of one legendary racing family join forces at Sydney Motorsport Park – an unprecedented event.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Bo Seton competing in the 1964 Australian Touring Car Championship – running production based regulations not totally dissimilar to today’s AMChamp series – driving a Holden 48-215 (FX), where he finished ninth behind a star-studded list of drivers that included winner Ian ‘Pete’ Geoghegan.

Glenn Seton is one of the most successful touring car drivers in Australian Motorsport history, while Aaron has been earning his stripes competing in Karting at state and national-levels for the past nine years.

To allow for Aaron Seton to compete, the Pro-Duct Mitsubishi Lancer EVO X will be entered in the invitational class rather than its usual Class A (high performance all-wheel-drive) category: drivers without a top-level CAMS licence are unable to complete in the two highest classes in the AMChamp series.

“Aaron has been testing with Pro-Duct under the guidance of his father and I so he has many decades of experience to call on during the learning process,” team owner / driver Bob Pearson said.

“Every time we go testing we take an extra car for Aaron to do laps and he does every minute of every session to take in as much knowledge as possible.

“He is at the point now where it is only very fine points we need to work on and he’s eager and ready to be educated in combat. I’m very confident in his ability and his maturity to handle being thrown in at the deep-end.

"His ability as a rookie will surprise a lot of people.. but not me.”

Glenn Seton and Bob Pearson combined to win the recent AMChamp Great Southern four-hour, and led much of last year’s Sydney race before gearbox issues ruled them out of contention late in the race.

Pearson and the Seton father/son combination will face the strongest AMChamp field of the season at Sydney Motor Sport Park in two weeks’ time, a 21-strong field confirmed for the tough four-hour race.

The grid includes several highly competitive Mitsubishi Lancer EVO challengers to the Pro-Duct crown, plus a fleet of highly competitive BMWs.

An Audi TT RS will join the field for the first time in Sydney offering another brand to the outright mix.

The class battles will be equally strong with a second Renault joining the field plus the return of the Michael Benton / Geoff Russell FPV GT Falcon to add to the Aussie presence.

Round five of the Shannons Australian Motor Racing Nationals will not only include the AMChamp Australian four-hour enduro, but rounds for the Radical Australia Cup, Australian Sports Racer Series and the Australian Superkart Championship as well.

Sunday’s action will be streamed live on the internet via the series ‘National TV’ free live streaming service.

Tickets to the circuit can be purchased at the gate for $15 on Saturday, $25 Sunday or $30 for the weekend.