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How Herne fared in American debut

NATHAN Herne has announced himself on the American Trans Am/TA2 stage, placing fourth in a 53-car field.

Herne headed Stateside for his international debut at Circuit of The Americas on the weekend in red-hot form, having clinched his second straight Australian Trans Am title before cleansweeping the opening round of the S5000 Tasman Series.

Not daunted by a foreign environment and differing machinery, the 20-year-old qualified 12th and raced forward to fourth.

He gained four places inside two laps and was running in third place by Lap 4, only to be bumped off the podium on the final tour by Thomas Annunziata.

“Had the pace to win at the end there but punched a hole through the front end and lost a heap of front aero,” Herne reported via social media after the hour-long race.

“Add into the mix a bunch of oil on track and I was hanging on!

“All in all an awesome trip. P4 out of 55 cars is a pretty good result considering.

“Just got knocked off on the last lap for P3. Time to head home for the Bathurst International!

“Thanks to everyone for making it all possible. Enjoyed every minute of it!

“Hopefully this isn’t the last time with Stevens Miller Racing. The series here is on another level!”

Also in the field was Boris Said Jr, the son of NASCAR veteran Boris Said who made a handful of V8 Supercars outings for Paul Morris Motorsport.

Herne will now return Down Under in time for this weekend’s Bathurst International.

Back in his #1 Team Valvoline GRM Ford Mustang, Herne will be part of a 23-car field for the Turtle Wax Trans Am 100.

He’ll then switch focus back to open-wheelers, with the Tasman Cup decider to take place in Adelaide across December 1-4.

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