Turtle Wax Trans Am Series – mid-season report

As the Turtle Wax Trans-Am Series reaches the halfway mark for 2022, we take a look back at its season so far.

The 2022 Turtle Wax Trans-Am Series has been nothing short of entertaining in 2022, with the reigning champion of Nathan Herne facing strong competition in the first four rounds of the year.

2021 saw the series race a strong six round season and it is again expected to reach a similar number this year, with the category is on its way to completing a full seven rounds of racing.

Winners so far:

Symmons Plains Raceway
– Race 1: Tim Brook
– Race 2: Nathan Herne
– Race 3: Tim Brook

Mount Panorama:
– Race 1: Nathan Herne
– Race 2: Nathan Herne
– Race 3: Nathan Herne

Phillip Island:
– Race 1: Nathan Herne
– Race 2: Owen Kelly
– Race 3: Owen Kelly

Sydney Motorsport Park
– Race 1: Nathan Herne
– Race 2: Owen Kelly
– Race 3: Owen Kelly

Photos: Speed Shots Photography

Upcoming rounds:
– 5-7 August: Queensland Raceway
– 16-18 September: Sandown Raceway
– 11-13 November: Mount Panorama

Current championship standings:
1. Owen Kelly – 718 points
2. Nathan Herne – 712
3. Tim Brook – 701
4. Brett Holdsworth – 673
5. Kyle Gurton – 633
6. Edan Thornburrow – 626
7. Jon McCorkindale – 621
8. Hugh McAlister – 583
9. Chris Pappas – 573
10. Ben Grice – 543

After winning the Trans Am series last year, Nathan Herne opened his title fight with a race victory and a string of podiums in Tasmania, before claiming a clean sweep of wins at the following round at Mount Panorama.

However, two DNF’s at Phillip Island and Sydney Motorsport Park have positioned him second in the championship behind Garry Rogers Motorsport’s Owen Kelly.

Meanwhile, Kelly has stormed to a six-point lead in the series despite a tough start at Symmons Plains, after recording four race wins on way back to the top.

Currently in third and only 19 points behind the leader is Tim Brook, who is the only other driver to win a race this year and he did it twice in the opening weekend, either side of Herne’s win.

Although he finished down the order in all three races during the second round at Mount Panorama, Brook has continued to build solid points throughout the season, cementing himself as a strong title contender.

The next round of the Turtle Wax Trans Am series will be held at Queensland Raceway during August.

This will be the first time that the category has raced at this venue and is sure to produce some exciting racing.

With three rounds remaining for 2022, the battle for the series is well and truly on, with the drivers no doubt putting it all on the line till the very last lap.

Tickets to the Queensland Raceway round are available for purchase and be done so here.