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S5000 adds Pro-Am class

S5000 has announced the addition of a Pro-Am class for its upcoming competitions.

Pro-Am will be open to non-professional drivers for this year’s Tasman Series, which has been reduced to two rounds following the loss of Bathurst.

The concept will then carry into the 2023 S5000 Australian Drivers’ Championship, where the reborn Silver Star will be up for grabs.

The Silver Star – a nod to the award introduced in the Formula Holden era – will be awarded to the leading Pro-Am driver in the end-of-season rankings.

The Gold Star remains as the top gong for the professional class.

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Mark Rosser is the first Pro-Am driver to commit to the category, debuting for Team BRM in the Tasman Series opener next month on the Gold Coast.

“S5000 has to this point operated as one of the few major national categories without a defined category or class for semi-professional drivers to compete against each other,” said S5000 category administrator Ben McMellan.

“It was the logical next step in the evolution in the category and comes off the back of feedback from our teams and potential competitors in a Pro-Am category.

“It’s a tough ask for someone like Mark Rosser, for example, to compete for trophies with a young star like Joey Mawson – but they still have the drive to race open wheelers at a high level.

“The Pro-Am class, and the Silver Star award in the 2023 championship, gives them an opportunity to compete for their own awards while continuing to benchmark themselves on the outstanding professional talent racing at the front of the field.

“We have had positive early interest for both the 2022 Tasman Series and the 2023 Championship and we’re looking forward to seeing it evolve.”

Rosser, an Adelaide-based GT racer, admitted it’s the second of two Tasman Series rounds that has him particularly excited.

“The Gold Coast looks like a good challenge so I’m excited for that, but mostly I am excited for the Adelaide 500 as my fascination with motorsport started there back in the 1980s, seeing the F1 cars flying around the streets of my home city,” he said.

“To get to drive an open-wheel car on that circuit will be an amazing experience.

“We are planning to do a few more days in the car before Gold Coast which should help me get somewhat up to speed, and in general my driving has improved a lot since the start of the year as well.

“The addition of the Pro-Am class has a lot of appeal and I’m hoping to have some fellow drivers to compete with for this title.”

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