JASON BARGWANNA JOINS SYDNEY TRANS AM GRID

Jason Bargwanna. Pic: Supplied

TCR regular Jason Bargwanna will return to V8-power when he makes his National Trans Am Series debut at Sydney Motorsport Park on November 19-21.

The 2000 Bathurst 1000 winner will race a Chicane Tools-backed Ford Mustang prepared by Garry Rogers Motorsport in the penultimate round of the series.

Bargwanna’s debut in the category coincides with that of GRM stablemate James Moffat, who is set to drive a Mustang sporting his father Allan’s famous Coca-Cola colours.

James Moffat had originally been set to race at Morgan Park at the end of June, before the event was cancelled due to COVID-19 travel restrictions.

The Sydney debutants are a boost for a field that will be without points leader Aaron Seton, who has chosen to focus on his Dunlop Super2 Series duties with Matt Stone Racing.

Achieving Peugeot’s maiden win in TCR Australia at Phillip Island earlier this year, Bargwanna is looking forward to a new challenge in Trans Am.

The Mustang that Bargwanna will race. Pic: Supplied

“I’ve stood back and watched Trans Am from the sidelines like a lot of us have, and I think it’s fantastic,” Bargwanna said.

“When the chance to have a drive came up, I grabbed it with two hands, and it really generated a fire in the belly, so I’m super keen to go have a crack.

“I think that there’s a good combination of some talented young guys, some up and coming drivers we’ve seen in other categories, and there’s also a spread of guys that we’ve watched for a while and some destination racers.

“The class is fantastic and to battle with the likes of Moff and Owen Kelly, plus the combination of Mustang, Camaro and Challenger, I really think I’m going to enjoy it.

“It reminds me of those early Supercars that I raced in my day, so I can’t wait to get out there and have a crack.”

Bargwanna’s son Ben will make his maiden appearance in S5000 on the same weekend, before the pair complete their TCR Australia campaigns at the Repco Bathurst 1000.