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Mawson motivated to turn tables in Tasman chase

JOEY Mawson is gearing up for the task of a come-from-behind pursuit of hometown glory for Team BRM.

The South Australian squad has helped Mawson become a two-time S5000 Gold Star winner and now they’re trying to combine for a maiden Tasman Cup.

Mawson has been left to play catch-up after Nathan Herne stormed to a hat-trick of victories at the Gold Coast 500, Mawson runner-up on each occasion.

The gap stands at 18 points with another three races to come at next month’s Adelaide 500.

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“GRM are always very strong as a team. Herne has always been quick since I came into S5000 but he’s been very inconsistent – (at Gold Coast) he put it all together and obviously starting up the front helps a lot,” Mawson told V8 Sleuth.

“Fair play to him, he did a really good weekend and it’s 100 percent game on for Adelaide.

Nathan Herne celebrates. Pic: Australian Racing Group

“I’m pretty pumped up to get some revenge, particularly after the stewards’ decision in the last race – not in a dirty way or anything.”

There was an irony about the stewards’ decision Mawson references, whereby he was instructed to hand the Race 3 lead back to Herne after cutting the first chicane at the start.

The decision was made by S5000 driving standards advisor Alex Davison, whose younger brother Will benefitted from a no further action call in an almost identical situation in the Repco Supercars Championship race later the same day.

Heightening the hunger for Mawson is the way in which his only prior visit to Adelaide played out.

A Practice 2 crash at the circuit’s notorious Turn 8 put him out of the entire Porsche Carrera Cup Australia round there in 2020.

Mawson at Surfers Paradise. Pic: Australian Racing Group

A bigger Adelaide field will create added opportunities to make up the points deficit, ex-Formula 1 veteran Giancarlo Fisichella having already been confirmed as joining the grid.

“Twenty points is very minimal, but particularly with a 15-car field it’s going to be exactly like the Grand Prix weekend where you can gain or lose a lot of points so the weekend is going to be even more crucial to be at the pointy end,” said Mawson.

“For the team’s sake I would be really satisfied to be able to bring them the Tasman Cup.

“It’s something that’s missing from their CV so I’m really going to be trying for it and particularly at their home city, what a perfect fairytale ending it would be to get the Tasman Cup there in Adelaide.”

There will be three S5000 races across the December 1-4 Adelaide event.

Before then, S5000 cars will complete exhibition laps at this weekend’s Bathurst International.

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