Shannons SpeedSeries arrives on Apple Isle for bumper Race Tasmania

The Shannons SpeedSeries continues its bumper 2024 season this weekend, with the highly anticipated AWC Race Tasmania to pick up where February’s Race Sandown left off.

Five categories will take centre stage at the ever-popular Symmons Plains this weekend, with fans expected to be treated to quite the spectacle across the three-day meeting.

Resuming their 2024 seasons after a thrilling opening round in Victoria are both the Supercheap Auto TCR Australia Series and Trico Trans Am Series.

While TCR has a somewhat similar field to what it had at Sandown, with many of the regular competitors making their way to the Apple Isle, Trans Am has had a bit of a shake up with 20 competitors entered in the second round of the season.

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Headlining the entry list is the return of two-time series winner, Nathan Herne, who has enjoyed plenty of success in Tasmania recently. Returning from a stint in the United States, Herne has opted to reunite with the Dodge Charger as a privateer entry.

Add the collection of Supercars stars, a mix of rising stars, and experienced series campaigners, the second Trans Am round of the year is shaping up to be the best in a while.

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Joining TCR and Trans Am on the Race Tasmania billing are the Precision National Sports Sedans, the Sparco Tassie TinTops, and ACL Hyundai Excel.

Sports Sedans officially gets its season underway in Tasmania, with 16 competitors entered for the event. Headlining the entry list is former champion Steve Tamasi and long-time rival Steven Lacey, as well as several other drivers for fans to keep an eye on.

Both the state-level Tassie Tintops and Hyundai Excels have solid fields for the round, with 16 entered in the Tintops and 18 in the Excels.

Some notable entries in the TinTops include 2024 Tasmanian Hillclimb Champion Stuart Benson, Benjamin Newman and Craig Sheahen, while Jackson Shaw and Jeremy Bennett are likely to continue their battle against each other In the Excels after a fierce outing at Baskerville earlier this year.

Jackson Shaw and Jeremy Bennett in action earlier this year. (Photo: Angryman Photography)

All five categories will enjoy plenty of track time throughout the event, with TCR and Sports Sedans to stick with their traditional three-race formats, Trans Am and TinTops to have four races, and the Hyundai Excels boast the most with five races in total.

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Tickets for the event are still available for purchase with weekend passes starting from $45 for a Concession, $55 for an Adult, with kids 12 and under free.

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In addition to the five categories, fans will be able to enjoy special drift demonstrations throughout the weekend and free grid walks before Saturday’s Trans Am race and Sunday’s first TCR race .

Those unable to make it to Symmons Plains can tune into the majority of Saturday and Sunday’s action via 7plus with each day having live and free coverage between 9:30am and 4:00pm AEDT on both Saturday and Sunday,

Multiple races will be shown free-to-air on 7mate, which airs from 2pm and 4pm AEDT each day.

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Motorsport Australia CEO Sunil Vohra was looking forward to the weekend.

“After a fantastic opening round at Sandown last month, the Shannons SpeedSeries 2024 season is well and truly underway, and I have no doubt this weekend will continue the good momentum,” Vohra said,

“There are solid categories in action and some good weather forecast for the weekend so I would encourage any local Tasmanians to get down to Symmons Plains and enjoy the show.”

The fourth edition of AWC Race Tasmania takes place at Symmons Plains on 15-17 March.