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May 13, 2015

I’ANSON CAUTIOUS YET OPTIMISTIC FOR WINTON AS 2014 RUNNER-UP FACES NEW TITLE SLATE

When the Australian Sports Racer Series hits Winton Motor Raceway later this week for their first round of the season in support of the V8 Supercars’ SuperSprint event (May 15-17), 2014 season runner-up Roger I’Anson will be one to keep an eye on.

Winton Motor Raceway is a happy hunting ground for I’Anson and last year played host to a clean-sweep by the then-rookie in just his second round of racing in the Australian Sports Racer Series last year.

“I am really looking forward to getting back into it, we only just got the car back together so hopefully we won’t have any dramas with it and we can iron out any bugs,” said I’Anson. “I am pretty confident in my driving at Winton, it is a track which I enjoy, and I think we will have a good set-up – provided we have reliability I think we will do quite well.”

The 26 year old from Berri in South Australia endured an agonising season finale last year which saw him come excruciatingly close to securing the title in his rookie season, but instead it would be New South Wales’ Adam Proctor who would lift the big trophy for his third time.

With Proctor now moving on to pursue other racing ventures, it could be argued that I’Anson is in the box seat to ensure he goes one better in 2015, but the young engineer won’t have any early predictions.

“I have no idea at this point, I guess we just have got to get through the first couple of rounds and see how we are placed,” said I’Anson when asked if he was confident of the championship in 2015. 

“If at that point we have not been doing well or have had reliability issues then it will be simple and we will just go out and try and win everything we can, but if the championship is looking promising then it will be time to start thinking more strategically.

“It is pretty disappointing that Adam won’t be returning as it was good fun racing against him last year, but it will still be a good competition – Aaron (Steer) is quick and a lot other other guys have been stepping up of late and getting quicker and quicker each meeting. In particular Mark Laucke will be one to watch as he will be in his new West racer and that thing is a weapon!”

In 2015, the Australian Sports Racer Series is set to employ a new championship structure, which will see the introduction of divisional racing for the category - allowing more of the field to compete for race day honours whilst also still being in the running for the ‘outright’ SR1 Championship.

“I think it is really good to have category two being introduced – it will be great for competition and I think it will be really hotly contested. There are a lot of blokes that are on it but just off the pace of the top guys, and this will make for a really interesting championship while maybe helping them to ‘lift’ a level too to see them eventually competing for Division One.”

Under the new structure, all drivers will be seeded according to their performances at previous national rounds and/or their domestic meetings, while racers for individual events will be seeded on their merits. SR2 points will be awarded as per the 2015 Series Sporting Regulations, and SR2 drivers who qualify more than twice in the top three or finish a race more than twice in the top three during a season will be reclassified to be eligible only for the SR1 championship.

The Australian Sports Racer Series is an exciting national motorsport series providing something different amongst Australia’s crowded motorsport landscape. Launched in 2010, the Series joined the popular Shannons Australian Motor Racing Nationals in 2014, successfully launching the Series onto the national stage.

With spiritual links to the hugely popular sports car racing scene of the 70s and 80s, these Le Mans prototype style sports cars offer scintillating performance, amazing dynamics and spectacularly close racing.

Designed to maximise aerodynamic performance while weighing just 400kgs, these racers are powered by high-tech production-based motorcycle engines which rev to 13,500 rpm. Capable of punching out lap times equal to the mighty V8 Supercars at many circuits around Australia, these rockets are sure to grab your attention, whether you are behind the wheel, or in the grandstand.

For more information on the Australian Sports Racer Series, go to www.sportsracer.com.au

2015 AUSTRALIAN SPORTS RACER SERIES CALENDAR:

  • Round One – Winton Motor Raceway – 15-17 May, 2015
  • Round Two – Winton Motor Raceway – 13-15 June, 2015
  • Round Three – Queensland Raceway – 7-9 August, 2015
  • Round Four – Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit – 18-20 September, 2015
  • Round Five – Sydney Motorsport Park – 13-15 November, 2015