SUPER2 DRIVERS TO TEST S5000 WITH GRM

GRM will have S5000 and TCR cars on track at Winton. Pic: Supplied

DUNLOP Super2 Series drivers Josh Fife and Matt Chahda are set to test S5000s with Garry Rogers Motorsport at Winton next week.

The duo will join GRM for a test on Monday October 25 that will also include the team firing its TCR Australia machinery back into life.

Both Super2 and S5000 will resume their seasons at Sydney Motorsport Park on November 19-21; the last of four Supercars events to be held at the venue.

The two categories are then also set to compete as part of the six-day Repco Bathurst 1000 meeting from November 30-December 5.

“We’re taking two cars up there on Monday where we’ve got Josh Fife and Matt Chahda having a day,” explained GRM team manager Stefan Millard of the test. 

“They were keen to get involved and have a drive of an S5000. Hopefully they enjoy the day and it goes from there.

“We packed up the three trucks yesterday and it’s just good to get back to the track. This off-season feels longer than the last to be honest, even though 2020 was a much drawn-out duration.

“Monday is all about firing everything back up again and just trying to get into some sort of rhythm before we return to racing.”

Gold Coast-based Fife is excited to return to the track in what will be his first experience of a wings and slicks open-wheeler.

“We’ve obviously had a big break after Townsville and I was scheduled to do a test earlier just to get some laps in,” he said. 

“COVID happened so it didn’t happen, but now I’m free to travel again so I’m able to complete the test with GRM.

“The goal is to increase my mileage as Super2 testing is restricted, so to get some laps in an S5000 will be beneficial ahead of the return to racing.

“I’m really looking forward to the power, I’ve heard how much it has, and the aero. I’ve never driven with wings, so I’m looking forward to that and see how it all goes.

“My main goal is Supercars, but I’d love to do a few rounds of S5000 next year in between Super2 events, I’d definitely look into that.”

GRM’s TCR fleet set to hit the track consists of three Peugeots, two Renaults and its pair of Alfa Romeos.

“It’s been a pretty long mid-season break, so the aim for us is to give the cars a shakedown and also to get the crew back into gear before a busy end to the year when we fire back up again,” said Millard.

“We’ve got the Victorian guys heading up there, so we won’t have Michael Caruso or Jordan Cox due to being Sydney-based.”