S5000 field complete as Super driver joins ranks

The final driver for the inaugural S5000 race meeting this weekend at Sandown Raceway has been announced with Virgin Australia Supercars Championship driver James Golding named in the 13-strong field.

Already part of the Garry Rogers Motorsport family, Golding has enjoyed some time behind the wheel of the open-wheel V8-powered race car in a number of tests for the S5000 car constructors.

Following a successful final test at Phillip Island this week, Golding was given the tick of approval from GRM to get into the final available seat for this weekend’s historic first race.

“I’m really looking forward to racing at Sandown. It’s going to be a great race weekend,” Golding said.

“I’ll admit, I wasn’t too sure about racing in this new category, but as I’ve done more laps and gradually gone faster. I feel much more comfortable and confident in the car.

“Now, I’m really enjoying them and I’m starting to get a better hang of it.“The cars have been improving as we’ve been going. I’ve had a couple of test-drives now, and we’ve made tweaks to make it more settled. We’ll make some more tune ups to it for Sandown, which is going to provide another new challenge.

“I really think it will be a great spectacle. It will be good to get some people down there and check them out. They sound awesome and I’m sure everyone will really enjoy it.”

Golding enters the frame with a wealth of experience having competed in Supercars for four years with GRM, his best result being 22nd in the 2018 season.

The Victorian joins the likes of former Formula 1 star Rubens Barrichello and Australian international Matthew Brabham in what is a highly talented entry list.

The S5000s will first get on track with practice on Friday before having its special qualifying races and main race on Saturday and Sunday.

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Entry list

Alex Davison
Team BRM Astrontech

Michael Gibson
Australian Racing Enterprises
ACM Finance / WM Waste / Apex

Tom Alexander
AGi Sport

Tim Macrow
MTEC Motorsport
Equity One / Holinger / Boylan Group

John Martin
AGi Sport
AGi Sport

Barton Mawer
Milldun Motorsport

Tim Berryman
Team BRM

James Golding
Garry Rogers Motorsport

Will Brown
Eggleston Motorsport
Eggleston Motorsport

Matt Brabham
MTEC Motorsport
Paynter Dixon

Ricky Capo
Modena Engineering

Taylor Cockerton
MTEC Motorsport

Rubens Barrichello

The S5000 category forms part of the Shannons Nationals visit to Sandown Raceway and takes place on 20-22 September.