This Saturday is the second round of the 2021 Australian Stock Car Championship season down at Sydney Motorsport Park.
Brett Mitchell left SMP at the end of Round 1 with a clean sweep of race wins but he was made to earn each win as Danny Burgess, Corey Gurney and Robert Marchese all having a chance of taking a win from him during the weekend.
Corey Gurney left SMP with a GTA that he now knows can compete with the likes of Danny Burgess, Robert Marchese and Brett Mitchell as he was in contention for a win throughout Round 1 and in most instances it came down to who had one faster lap.
Graham Booth is back in his #75 Chevy Monte Carlo ready to continue to years long battle with Zac O’Hara for Stock Car honours but look out for the #34 as well as the #16 of Scott Nind, the #16 is a Ford Mustang that had previously raced with Roush Fenway Racing in NASCAR’s Xfinity Series.
The arrival of the #16 ushers in a new era for Ford when it comes to Stock Car Racing in Australia, while Fords have been driven in the ASCC, those cars and Utes have been in the invitational field and none have been stock cars.
Expect more Fords to come into the ASCC over time with one AUSCAR currently under restoration and the #41 Ford Thunderbird is expected to pop up sometime this year.
The #34 is to be driven by one of the Morris family members, this particular Chevy Monte Carlo is considered to be one of the fastest Stock Cars in Australia and the team are no doubt hoping that their second round in the ASCC will go better than the first after the #97 Pontiac had a gasket issue and the #34 had crash damage.
The invitational field is strong and there are Super TT entries to add another variable as there is a possible combined total of 21 cars or trucks on track ensuring races within a race situation.
Defending champion Stephen Chilby has his first round of the season this weekend after his once flawless OzTruck decided to break down at Sandown just weeks after the 2020 ASCC season concluded, Stephen was going to test his OzTruck in competition at Morgan Park in April but a spike in covid cases in Queensland cancelled the event.
This round is a one day event so teams have a very limited amount of time to repair their cars should they encounter mechanical difficulties or in a less likely event crash damage compared to the luxury of an overnight fix if a round is over a weekend.
It’s going to be one great Saturday coming up, stay tuned for the after round report.