JASON BARGWANNA JOINS TRANS AM AT SMP
Former Bathurst 1000 winner Jason Bargwanna will make his Trans Am National Series debut at Sydney Motorsport Park November 19-21.
Garry Rogers Motorsport TCR Australia Series rider will turn his attention to the V8-powered muscle car when the category returns as the Supercars Championship Support Series in two weeks.
Bargwanna will drive a Chicane Tools backed Ford Mustang prepared by GRM, with an eye-catching livery that’s hard to miss.
“I stood back and watched Trans Am from the sidelines like a lot of us, and I think that’s fantastic,” said Bargwanna.
“When the opportunity to have a drive arose, I grabbed it with both hands, and it really generated a fire in the stomach, so I really wanted to go crack.
“I love the design of the Mustang Chicane Tools, it looks angry for standing still, just like me!
“Chicane Tools is a new brand of premium tools available through Burson Auto Parts, and this fire-breathing monster is a great way to let the world know that.”
GRM will also line up a Ford Mustang for James Moffat sporting the famous Coca Cola livery of his father Allan Moffat, revealed by Auto Action several months ago, and former Supercar drivers will therefore seek to bring it to the regulars.
“I think there’s a good mix of talented young guys, promising riders that we’ve seen in other categories, and there’s also a number of guys we’ve been watching for a while and a few destination riders. .
“The class is fantastic and fighting with people like Moff and Owen Kelly, as well as the combination of Mustang, Camaro and Challenger, I really think I’m going to enjoy it.
“It reminds me of those first Supercars I rode in my day, so I can’t wait to go and have a blast.”
Team owner Barry Rogers spoke to Auto Action and echoed the remarks.
“Going back to our old Supercar days, in the late 90s, early 2000s, with Barg in a V8 touring car,” Rogers told AA.
“Jason will be testing at Winton on the 11th, we’ll take him with Moffat.”
“At Sydney Motorsport Park the Bargwannas wanted to go out and do something so they tie (son) Ben in an S5000 and Jason in a Trans Am, so it’s a great family affair.”
Jason Bargwanna, who won a TCR race at Phillip Island earlier in the season, said that while the Trans Am will be fun, the focus remains on the TCR Australia program.
“Our commitment is definitely to the TCR Australia program and what we are trying to do there,” he said.
“Let’s not lose sight of what the objectives are and what we are, but from a business point of view, for our partners, these opportunities were too good to be denied.
“To go out in front of the fans and do a Trans Am show before refocusing on our TCR campaign two weeks later in Bathurst where things will get very serious. “
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