S5000 cars now available for purchase ahead of debut of “all-Australian” racing series
The Australian Racing Group (ARG), promoters of both TCR Australia and S5000, have announced that series manufacturer Garry Rogers Motorsport (GRM) is now ready to take orders and arrange lease deals for the inaugural S5000 season.
ARG are billing the new open-wheel series as “Australia’s fastest motorsport category”, and have announced a 2019 outing of at least two race weekends before a full season in 2020.
S5000 will debut at Sandown in September, before heading to The Bend Motorsport Park in November.
GRM is preparing to take orders from teams as well as negotiating “arrive and drive” packages for potential entrants in the new competition.
Five cars are currently under construction in Australia, with nine more FIA-approved Onroak-Ligier tubs en route from the USA.
Emphasis is being placed on the “all-Australian” nature of the S5000 car, with the tub and US-based engine the only “non-Aussie” components.
Garry Rogers, owner of GRM, said:
“Once we took over this project, our goal was to see a pure race car represent the best of what Australian racing engineers and manufacturers could muster,”
“Our mantra was ‘Whatever could be made in Australia, it had to be.’
“Through my 55 years in business, I’ve always tried to improve young people, and the best way to do this is to make them think and give them responsibility. The mere requirement to bolt on parts that arrive in a box teaches people very little, whereas if they have to come up with a solution and design, manufacture and fit what is required, it teaches them life-long skills.
“Australian manufacturing has been left in the dark in recent times, and this is our way to ensure that Aussies continue to be employed and their business continue to have their doors stay open.