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Expanded field for Adelaide S5000 debut

THE S5000 Tasman Series decider in Adelaide will feature an increase in cars but a decrease in horsepower.

A 15-strong grid has been announced for the December 1-4 event, as Nathan Herne strives to convert the advantage he built up at Surfers Paradise into a place in Tasman Cup history.

Herne enters with an 18-point lead over Joey Mawson following his sweep of the Gold Coast round.

The other seven drivers who competed in the opening round will also return, joined by six new faces.

Multiple Formula 1 race winner Giancarlo Fisichella headlines the newcomers, while two-time Gold Star champion Tim Macrow returns for one last hurrah in his full-time motorsport driving career.

Last year’s Tasman Series winner Aaron Cameron also is back, as are Blake Purdie and Sebastien Amadio, while Brad Gartner will make his category debut.

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Notably, cars will run with reduced horsepower, cut from 560 to roughly 475 – as was the case last year at Bathurst. That change has been triggered by power-to-weight restrictions that come with an FIA Grade 3 track licence.

Nevertheless, Garry Rogers Motorsport team manager Stefan Millard believes the circuit’s lap record will be within reach.

“We’re proud of how adaptable the cars are becoming in that we can tune and adapt them to suit different conditions should the need arise,” he said.

“We have worked closely with Roger Higgins at InnoV8 (category engine providers) to sort the right tuning for the vehicles and they perform extremely well.

“On a street circuit like Adelaide, the reduction in power will potentially make it easier to extract a lap time as putting power to the ground – which is critical on a street circuit – will be key.

“With the new surface we are very confident the cars will give the existing outright lap record a nudge.”

S5000 category manager Ben McMellan was thrilled to see a larger field locked in.

“We’re excited by the field assembled for Adelaide both in quality and quantity,” he said.

“It’s our second largest grid of the year – behind only the Grand Prix – and the best for a Tasman Series round.

“It’s stacked with talent and after the highly competitive and very clean show we enjoyed on the Gold Coast, we expect this to be an even better show for the Adelaide fans, many of whom were there for the Formula 1 era.

“We’re very comfortable with the changes to the cars. They are proving to be very adaptable to different conditions and if this is what it takes to be able to put on a great show at as many circuits as possible, then we will embrace it.

“The team at GRM and InnoV8 have done a great job in making it seamless for all our teams.

“When our 15-strong field are thundering into the Senna Chicane for our first race on Friday, no one will notice the difference.”

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