Nov 11, 2016
US RACERS UNITE IN SYDNEY
Sydney is playing host to a number of racers who have flown across the world to race in Sydney this weekend, including Atlanta’s Glenn Cooper – who will compete in the Australian Sports Racer Series this weekend.
Ahead of what is the final round of the 2016 ASRS season – kicking off today – Cooper took some time out of his pre-event preparation to meet up with fellow stateside competitor Cooper Webb and show him around his DSR Downunder NovaRace LSR F1000 at Qudos Bank Arena yesterday.
Webb has travelled all the way from California to compete in the Aus-X Open event at Sydney Olympic Park this weekend.
Webb was impressed with Cooper’s ride, taking some time to sit in the machine and exclaiming about the stark differences to what he is used to on his Yamaha 450.
“I came over from California and got here this morning, and have been checking out Sydney Olympic Park. I was able to come here last year and I am excited to be back for year two with a new number, new team and a new bike as a full-time 450 rider – it is exciting, and I am ready to take on the racing here against all the Australians,” Webb said.
“I will be heading out to SMSP and checking out the racing and having a hot lap on Friday – I am pretty excited about that, I have always been fascinated by car racing so it will be exciting.
“Fellow Cooper has come from America too to check out the Sydney racing and he has been tell me all about his F1000 today and I have been checking it out – it is crazy all of the detail and little things that go into making the car so special. I am really looking forward to seeing it in action!”
For ASRS’s Glenn Cooper, this weekend holds a world full of promise at Sydney Motorsport Park.
“I am here this weekend all the way from the States on the very gracious invite of Bob Townsend and his son Josh who runs this car typically,” Cooper said.
“I have run one that is almost identical back in the US for a couple of years, and recently in a slightly different chassis, but I have run the F1000 class since 2008.
“This car is actually kitted out much nicer than my car was, which is from when these cars first came out. There have been a lot of advances since that time – the car looks similar, but is has some nice bits on it!
“To not make the podium this weekend would be a disappointment. The tyres are a bit of a mystery to me as I have not run on these in the past, but it has always been a part of my make up to just adapt to the situation, take little bites and get the feel of the car.”
This weekend’s final round of the Australian Sports Racer Series is part of the 2016 finale for the Shannons Nationals presented by Penrite.