One of the fastest-growing race categories in the country, Series X3 NSW for Hyundai Excel Racing cars, will stage a showdown at Wakefield Park this Sunday for the McAlister Hyundai one-hour endurance race.
The category, which was formed in 2013, has expanded exponentially over the last couple of seasons as it provides an affordable entry point into motorsport for a lot of competitors.
While they may not be the fastest cars around the nation’s spectator track, the Excels always produce close and highly entertaining racing because the tightly-controlled technical regulations ensure results are determined by pure driver ability.
For Sunday afternoon’s one-hour endurance race, teams may run one or two drivers. Current points leader Adam Bryant will drive solo, but Brendan Vinckx, currently second in the standings, will be joined by his father Wayne.
Returning to the series after racing in other categories will be Nathan Gotch, who teams up with Glenn Smith, and Toyota 86 Series runner Nick Filipetto who will drive alongside Tom Muller.
Bathurst-based teams are strongly represented on the entry list as well; RPH Racing will run a pair of cars for Michael Ridings/Nik Hough and Tom Manwaring/Dominic Martens while Brett McFarland has also entered a two-car attack.
Rising female racing star Emily Duggan has elected to drive solo in the enduro, as has Italian racer David Lo-Iacono.
The Excel enduro will be supported by a number of familiar classes including the Stock Car Series.
Always a fan favourite, the Stock Cars feature the same types of cars that race on oval circuits in America, and this weekend their numbers have been boosted by the addition of the new TA2 (Trans-Am 2) cars.
The TA2 cars feature high-horsepower 6.2 Litre V8 engines and bodyshells that resemble iconic American muscle cars such as Mustang and Camaro. Young-based car dealer Ian McAlister will drive one of the TA2 cars, along with Peter Robinson, Cameron Sendall and Scott Textor.
Another category with boosted numbers is the Legend Car Series; the small, motorcycle-engined cars were originally designed for speedway competition but an increasing number of drivers are trying their hand at circuit racing, and with the category headquarters now based in Goulburn, it brings a very local feeling to Wakefield Park race meetings.
The Australian Pulsar Racing Association series returns as well, with talented karting stars Jaie Robson and Dimitri Agathos set to resume their battle at the top of the standings, while the East Coast Mini Challenge has attracted a variety of new and old Minis from as far afield as Queensland.
Miniature Race Cars round out the program for the race meeting, which will feature action across both days. Spectator admission is $20 per adult each day, with children under 16 free.