The National Trans Am Series will welcome another debutant in 2024, with Toyota 86 Series driver Tom Davies confirmed to tackle the season for Garry Rogers Motorsport (GRM).
Davies’ appointment follows a successful run at last year’s Valvoline GRM combine where it was decided he would join Trans Am for the 2024 season in the chassis previously steered by James Moffat.
The Queenslander then attended this year’s combine to get his first test sessions in the Ford Mustang and link up with his new Trans Am teammates in Moffat and Edan Thornburrow.
Davies will enter his maiden Trans Am campaign with a couple of seasons of racing under his belt having started out in state-level Formula Ford in 2021 before contesting the Australian Formula Ford Series over the past two years.
In addition to running a full season in the Australian Formula Ford Series last year, the 21-year-old also ran in the Toyota 86 Series, where he enjoyed multiple top 10 finishes.
Ahead of his next challenge, Davies was looking forward to returning to GRM and starting his Trans Am career on a high.
“I’m pretty excited to get back with GRM as a driver this year, everyone is super knowledgeable about their profession and easy to get along with,” Davies said.
“I’ve always wanted to race a V8, and after exploring our options we thought it would be a great opportunity to race in Trans Am as they’re a challenging car to drive and be quick in. It’s also an extremely strong field to race against and cost-effective.
“I’m hoping for a strong year, I think this car really suits my driving style, so it would be good to be amongst the top five this year. I think it’s a huge advantage having the experience in the team from my teammates, and I’m planning to learn as much as I can from them.
“The test in Tassie went well, and I was able to get comfortable in the car quickly. It was definitely needed in order to get used to the car ahead of the first round, particularly the way it moves around and brakes. I’m feeling confident for the season ahead.”
The 2024 Trans Am Series season gets underway next week with the Shannons SpeedSeries’ first event of the year at Sandown International Raceway on 9-11 February.
All seven rounds of Trans Am will be broadcast live and free via Seven, with racing to form part of the 7plus stream, while select races will be shown on free-to-air on the Seven Network.
The Shannons SpeedSeries’ opening event for 2024, Race Sandown, takes place on 9-11 February.