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7 February 2022 | General

Dick Johnson’s grandson completes strong entry list for Trans Am at Symmons Plains

Third generation racer Jett Johnson headlines an impressive list of debutants at the opening round of the Turtle Wax Trans Am at AWC Race Tasmania.

An equal mix of youth and experience will be aiming to knock off reigning Turtle Wax Trans Am Series winner Nathan Herne as part of a 26-car field for the opening round at Symmons Plains Raceway as part the opening round of the ARG SpeedSeries.

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Johnson makes his debut in the Turtle Wax Trans Am Series after contesting state meetings last year in preparation.

The 16-year-old follows father Steven and grandfather Dick as he prepares to create his own place in motorsport history.

“The goal for me in Trans Am this year is to just get experience at the tracks I’ve never been to and get used to racing that is going a little more hip and shoulder,” said Johnson.

“I just want to get through the weekend cleanly, learn as much as I can and, obviously, have some fun.

“I’m not looking to go out and win every race. If I get in the top three, I’d be happy. But I need to learn the race craft and think about what I’m doing when setting up passing moves. It will be a whole new thing for me to be in a pack of good cars racing against each other.

“It will be interesting because you have a lot of people who are aggressive, pushing hard. The other Trans Am racing I’ve done is pretty cruisey, so it will be a good weekend of learning.”

The event will mark Johnson’s first time at the Symmons Plains circuit, but he says that some sim driving has helped fast track some of the questions he has had about the 2.41km circuit.

“I’ve never been to Symmons Plains. In fact, I’ve never been to Tasmania before!” He said.

“I’m already down here now, getting ready for the weekend, and I’m going to the track on Wednesday for a track walk and then help the team unload and get ready.

“If you look at the layout of Symmons, you’d think it’s simple, but it’s actually a pretty technical track, and then you are adding a whole bunch of other cars on the track, it will make for an interesting weekend.

“I’ve done some running on the sim which has helped me get my head around it, so I’m really looking forward to it.”

Johnson is just one driver continuing the motorsport lineage of his respective family, with Ben Grice, Nash Morris in addition to debutants John Harris and Dalton Ellery doing likewise.

Marcos Ambrose protégé Lochie Dalton, Dream Racing Australia’s new recruit Jackson Rice, Super3 competitor Nic Carroll and Formula Ford race winner Cody Burcher further enhance the category’s depth, as does former Super2 competitor Jon McCorkindale.

Last year’s series runner up Edan Thornburrow returns as does chief rival Tim Brook, Garage1’s Kyle Gurton, Brett Holdsworth for Ash Seward Motorsport as well as Tasmanian Owen Kelly.

For 2022, three class titles will be contested; Outright, Hoosier Cup and Masters Cup, ensuring that the breadth of competitors have something to play for.

Racing will be available to stream ad-free, live and on demand on Stan Sport, with live coverage also on the Nine Network.

Turtle Wax Trans Am begins its season with three races as part of the second annual AWC Race Tasmania event held at Symmons Plains.

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See below for the full Trans Am entry list for the opening round of the Turtle Wax Trans Am Series.

Car #

CLASS

SPONSOR

DRIVER

STATE

MAKE

MODEL

1

Outright Team Valvoline GRM Nathan Herne

NSW

Ford Mustang

2

Outright Micale Cabinets/Nuveau Group Kyle Gurton

QLD

Ford Mustang

03

Outright All American Driveline Ben Grice

VIC

Ford Mustang

4

Masters Cup Crutcher Devlopments Mark Crutcher

NSW

Ford Mustang

6

Hoosier Cup McAlister Motors Hugh McAlister

NSW

Ford Mustang

8

Hoosier Cup Wealth Rite Racing Chris Pappas

QLD

Ford Mustang

12

Hoosier Cup Road Rage Industries/RTC Group Shaun Richardson

QLD

Dodge Challenger

15

Hoosier Cup Pacific Petroleum/Carroll Tyres Michael Rowell

QLD

Ford Mustang

23

Masters Cup Holinger Racing John Holinger

VIC

Chevrolet Camaro

27

Outright Dream Racing Australia Elliot Barbour

VIC

Chevrolet Camaro

31

Outright Bruce Lynton Service Dalton Ellery

QLD

Ford Mustang

36

Outright Cody Burcher Racing Cody Burcher 

NSW

Ford Mustang

37

Outright Dream Racing Australia Jackson Rice

VIC

Dodge Challenger

38

Outright Tim Brook Motorsport Tim Brook

NSW

Ford Mustang

45

Outright Up2/11 Motorsport/GRM Lochie Dalton

TAS

Ford Mustang

48

Outright Nic Carroll Motorsport Nic Carroll

VIC

Dodge Challenger

66

Masters Cup Shaw Motorsport Tim Shaw

TAS

Chevrolet Camaro

67

Outright Supercheap Auto Nash Morris

QLD

Ford Mustang

69

Outright Dial Before You Dig Jon McCorkindale

NSW

Ford Mustang

73

Outright Owen Kelly Motorsport Owen Kelly

TAS

Ford  Mustang

88

Hoosier Cup Ownit Homes/Superior Jetties John Harris

QLD

Ford  Mustang

99

Outright TPS Group/Breeze Holiday Parks Brett Holdsworth

VIC

Chevrolet Camaro

116

Outright Sydney Property Care Edan Thornburrow

NSW

Ford Mustang

117

Hoosier Cup Team Johnson / Full Throttle BBQ Jett Johnson

QLD

Ford Mustang

321

Masters Cup 321 Motofit Chris Sutton

NSW

Ford Mustang

777

Masters Cup Dream Racing Australia Craig Scutella

NSW

Chevrolet Camaro