18 January 2022 | General

Jon McCorkindale ready to rub panels in Turtle Wax Trans Am

Experienced racer Jon McCorkindale will make his Turtle Wax Trans Am Series debut next month at Race Tasmania.

McCorkindale contested Super2 in an ex-Garry Rogers Motorsport Holden VF Commodore last year, but will transition to the Turtle Wax Trans Am Series this season after purchasing the Ford Mustang previously raced by Ian McAlister.

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“It’s exciting as it’s a pretty big step forward for my team and myself,” said McCorkindale.

“It’s also a bit daunting with the amount of cars expected to race in Tassie as well as the lack of time I’m going to have to prepare.

“I think it is one of the best categories in Australia. To have the costs of the cars and parts lower, I want to get back to a bit of rubbing, proper motorsport, you can get aggressive.”

McCorkindale is yet to view his new Ford Mustang in the flesh, but it is expected to arrive this week where a shakedown at Wakefield Park is planned after it is painted in the familiar green of long-time sponsor Dial Before You Dig.

“I haven’t even sat in one yet,” McCorkindale said.

“With Bathurst ending so late last year and not selling my Super2 car until a couple of weeks ago, we were up in the air with how we were going to do it even.

“The car we bought is in Queensland, so we’ve had no time to look at it, sit in it, we just rang him and said ‘we’d take it’.

“To bring Dial Before You Dig into this category together with me through all the things I’ve done is great.

“Dial Before You Dig know the category and excites them, the television package is quite good too, so overall all parties are excited.”

Having watched the category from afar, McCorkindale is eager to challenge the established competitors in Turtle Wax Trans Am led by reigning series winner Nathan Herne.

“I have watched quite a few of those drivers that have come in and there’s obviously an art to it,” McCorkindale explained.

“Even though it’s a pretty locked down category, there are different little things that can be done, which will be a learning process for us.

“I’d love to be fighting for the title coming to the end of the year, but obviously that is going to take some time. After Tassie we’ll have a better indication of how much either I need to work on myself or the team, but in the perfect world I’d like to be straight up the front.

“Moving forward I think it’s going to be a great thing.”

Race Tasmania will again begin the Turtle Wax Trans Am Series in 2022 at Symmons Plains, supported by the Supercheap Auto TCR Australia Series, the S5000 Australian Drivers’ Championship and three awesome local categories.

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