Some of Australia’s fastest race cars and star drivers will battle for the coveted City of Goulburn Cup trophy at Wakefield Park this weekend, 20-21 August.
The City of Goulburn Cup will be presented to the winner of Sunday morning’s 18 lap feature race for Formula Race Cars, Australia’s premier state-based category for modern “wings-and-slicks” open-wheel race cars, including Formula 3 cars.
Heading the list of likely contenders for the prestigious award is former Radical Australia Cup front-runner Tim Berryman, who will race a Dallara F311 Formula 3 car prepared by Ellery Motorsport. The car has a rich history, having been formerly raced by current Williams Formula 1 driver Valterri Bottas in the British Formula 3 Championship and Macau Grand Prix.
Berryman will face stiff competition in the form of the AGI Sport outfit and their driver Nathan Gotch, a former champion in the Formula Race Car category, while the likes of Shane Wilson and Glenn Lynch should also be among the front-runners.
A couple of Formula Race Cars will be on display in Belmore Park from midday to 2:00 on Thursday afternoon, along with the City of Goulburn Cup trophy.
The City of Goulburn Cup race will be the headline act in a very open-wheeler themed weekend at the nation’s spectator track, with the race meeting also including the fourth round of the Australian Formula Ford Series.
The series is currently led by Leanne Tander, one of Australia’s most prominent female drivers and wife of three-time Bathurst 1000 winner Garth.
Tander enters the weekend with a 16-point advantage over Will Brown, with Adrian Lazzaro third in the standings.
The Formula Ford competition also incorporates the final round of the NSW State Championship, with Jett Bennett (Synergy Motorsport) holding a 22 point advantage over Lachlan Gibbons in the Duratec Class. The Kent Class is set for a grandstand finish with Anglo Motorsport drivers Simon Hodges and Aaron Grech locked together on points heading into the weekend.
The Formula Vee category has produced entertaining racing all season and more of the same is expected this weekend, with regular contenders Dylan Thomas, Ryan Reynolds, Daniel Stein, Simon Pace, James Horne and Michael Kinsella all on the entry list.
For fans of tin-tops, the HQ Holdens are back on the program with Brett Osborn and John Baxter ready to resume the thrilling battle they staged in the previous round.
Following their one-hour enduro last time they raced at Wakefield Park, the NSW Production Touring Car Championship returns to a sprint race format this time around.
Dylan Thomas has vacated his Mitsubishi Evo X in favour of Gavin Holland, while the Oosthuizen brothers, Jacques and Daniel, are joined by their father Roelof in a three-car attack.
As always, the Evos will be challenged by some V8 Aussie muscle, headed by Matt Holt and Tony Virag.
Improved Production is back as well, with separate fields for over and under 2 Litre cars, while Supersports (Saturday only) and Superkarts (Sunday only) round out the program.
Tickets are available at the gate for $20 each day, with children under 16 free.