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1 December 2020 | General

Seton welcomes national motorsport return to Tasmania

Trans Am racer Aaron Seton will look to kick off his 2021 National Trans-Am Series campaign with a strong performance in the Race Tasmania festival at Symmons Plains and Baskerville in January.

The third-generation racer clean-swept the opening round of this year’s series at the Adelaide 500, before the COVID-19 pandemic prevented the series from completing the remainder of the year.

Seton will line-up for the first round of the National Trans-Am Series at Symmons Plains Raceway on the Australia Day weekend also featuring TCR Australia, Touring Car Masters and the S5000 Gold Star Championship.

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The Castrol Harris Racing driver will then be going for glory in the non-championship Tasmanian Ten Thousand at Baskerville Raceway a week later, where Trans Am competitors will fight for a prize pool of $30,000, including $10,000 for the overall winner.

Without racing this year, the 22-year old has focussed on his fitness and his studies, while completing a single test day at Queensland Raceway in July to shake down his new Ford Mustang.

The Trans-Am cars, which feature the three iconic American pony cars in the Ford Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro and Dodge Challenger in a same-spec racing formula, will kick off their championship in the Apple Isle, before rounds at Phillip Island, Mount Panorama, Sydney Motorsport Park, Morgan Park and Sandown.

The season will conclude with the Bathurst International event at a date to be confirmed in November or December.

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Aaron Seton
Castrol Harris Racing Ford Mustang

“Motorsport is so popular in Tasmania and without having any national motorsport events since the start of last year, it will be great to bring the Trans-Am Series there for back-to-back weekends,” said Aaron Seton.

“It will be the first time that they’ve seen the Trans-Am cars in Tasmania and they’re a seriously awesome race car. They’re good-looking cars, they make all the right noises and it’s close racing.

“The Trans-Am Series has grown year-on-year and for Tasmania to put on a double-header like this and to have the incentives available to get down there is pretty awesome for the competitors.

“2020 has certainly been an interesting year, starting at Adelaide this year I was fortunate to clean-sweep the Trans-Am Series in my first time there, although we didn’t realise at the time that it would be it for the season.

“We’ve done one test day in the new car at Queensland Raceway to run it in, so I’m looking forward to getting past Christmas and doing some more laps in the car to see what it’s like and kickstart the new year at the Race Tasmania festival.

“It’s awesome to have six championship events on the 2021 calendar, plus the non-championship events at Baskerville and the Bathurst International.

“I’ve never been to Tasmania so there’s a couple of tracks in Symmons Plains and Baskerville that I’m going to experience for the first time, and going to Bathurst twice is a massive drawcard as well.

“I came from the Toyota 86 Series in 2016 and 2017, so jumping into the Trans-Am car in 2018 was something I had to develop a new driving style for.

“I certainly learnt a lot in how to drive a high-horsepower, high-weight and low-grip car and I’ve really enjoyed it so far. Each time I go on the track I keep learning and they’re great for developing skills for the future.

“I’ll be going out there to perform the best I can, but we’re hoping to go for the championship and keep improving our package as the year goes on and see where we are at come the final points round at Sandown in September.

“Thanks to Race Tasmania and the Australian Racing Group for putting this event on and I look forward to racing both circuits and giving mine and Harris Racing’s best shot at success.”

CLICK HERE for ticketing options to attend the historic Tasmanian events.