S5000 competitive debut draws near

Australia’s fastest motor sport category is one step closer to racing, with Garry Rogers Motorsport (GRM) announcing they are ready to take on orders.

After taking on the technical lead on the project late last year for Australian Racing Group, the new S5000 cars have undergone intense testing and design, as well as had a construction template created in readiness for its debut in September.

The new series will have a minimum of two events this year, with the Shannons Nationals’ visits to Sandown in September and The Bend Motorsport Park in November to host the category.

With five tubs already in Australia and another nine FIA-approved Onroak-Ligier tubs on their way from the United States, GRM is now in a position to speak with potentially interested teams and drivers about all options available for 2019 and beyond.

GRM are expected to have a total of 14 vehicles on deck by September and GRM owner Garry Rogers was thrilled with what the all-Australian engineering masterpiece will do for Australian motor sport.

“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,” Rogers said.

“Our mantra was ‘Whatever could be made in Australia, it had to be.

“The wheels that were part of the original car were being sourced from overseas. But when we spoke to Max Dumesny, he was keen to be involved, and knowing he could make them locally and had the necessary expertise to do this, we went with it.

“For the engine, there were off the shelf parts that we could have bought from the States, but we decided to get them manufactured locally with the assistance of InnoV8.

”At GRM, we have a significant composite department and alongside LC Composites in Braeside, Vic, we have designed and manufactured many of the composite components that have made up the S5000.

“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.

“This is a great car, and it’s going to be a category that we can all be proud of. Now we’ll have a high speed open-wheel option which will not only be a crowd favourite, but it will be safe and cost-effective.”

The S5000 category will make its debut on Australian shores at the Shannons Nationals on 20-22 September at Sandown Raceway.

Any interested teams or competitors wanting to be involved in the historic inaugural S5000 events can contact Garry Rogers Motorsport on [email protected] for more details.