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The Premier Open Wheel Class in Australasia, the S5000 Championship

OUR TEAM

OUR OBJECTIVES

To evolve into a competitive front running team, rewarding its backers in promoting their business. The 2019 demonstration races in late 2019, namely Sandown and "The Bend" (Adelaide) showed the top 10 cars split was within 1 second, a tenth apart. This creates close racing which is ideal for competition as well as it makes for great tv, ensuring promotion of our sponsors and advertisers.

Our Drivers

The team's philosophy is to introduce potential young karting and Formula drivers having the skills to become a top class driver. The team have already had its first 6 driver introduction days at Winton 2020. Learn more about our newest drivers.

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Drivers Championship

2021 Australian Drivers Championship - S5000 calendar (Due to COVID-19 the 2020 season did not occur). 

January 24-26, 2021 - Symmons Plains (Sunday - Tuesday)
March 12th -14th 2021 - Phillip Island Victoria (2021)
March  19th - 21st 2021 - Sandown (Supercar event)
Sydney 30th April - 2nd May 2021 Sydney Motorsport Park

Tasmin Series 2021

November 18th - 21st 2021 - Sydney Motor Sport Park

December 2nd - 5th 2021 - Bathurst NSW

2022 Australian Racing Group - S5000 calendar (to be finalised)

January 24 - 26, 2021 - Symmons Plains 
February - March Phillip Island / The Bend / Sandown

10th April - F1 Melbourne GP  (confirmed)
Sydney Motorsport Park

The 8 Race series each have 3 Races and forms the Series for 2022 Australian Drivers Championship. 

DRIVERS

We have an ongoing driver evaluation to allow younger drivers to be introduced to 88 racing. 88Racing allows the opportunity for Junior drivers out of karting or Formula Ford, F3 with skill either by a full or partial budget, and the car can be provided in sponsorship colours.

The FIA internationally recognised category is an ideal pathway to Formula One, Indy Cars of Australian based Supercars at a modest cost compared to F2. After COVID-19, in the future we are hoping to have an annual 2 day test in FIA F2 in Italy as an incentive to the teams best drivers.

Car Specification

CHASSIS - Carbon composite monocoque – 2018 FIA compliant, produced by Onroak (France) Dimensions Length 4900mm, Width: 1950mm, Wheelbase: 3000mm

SUSPENSION - Double wishbone, front and rear, Pushrod adjustable ride, front/rear, Front/rear adjustable anti-roll bars JRI three-way adjustable shock absorbers

STEERING - Rack and pinion, Collapsible steering column

FIA APPROVALS - 2018 FIA Specification approved items, front crash structure, rear crash structure, side-impact structures, cockpit halo, side and front intrusion panels, 6-point harness, wheel tethers, headrest 2018 FIA-spec extra

ENGINE - Ford Racing Engine, Motec Fuel-injected 5.2-litre quad-cam 32 Valve V8, de-tuned to run at 8,000 RPM (down from 10,000 RPM) for reliability and longevity by InnoV8 (Brisbane) at minimum Horsepower of 560 to achive FIA approval, Engine Life 2 years before major rebuild with minor maintenance yearly.

TRANSMISSION - 6-speed sequential transaxle, with pneumatic paddle change made by Hollinger (Australian based company) , includes the bell-housing with integral oil tank. Life expected at 2 - 3 years before a minor rebuild, designed for higher horsepower heavy duty applications;

WHEELS & TYRES - 15 x 17 inch rear, 15 x 12 inch front wheels Rear tyre: 680/405-15 Front tyre: 570/290-15 - 1 set per meeting allowed only

CHASSIS INTEGRATION/DESIGN/DEVELOPMENT/ENGINEERING - developed by ARG / Borland Racing / Gary Rogers Motorsport Melbourne. Majority of components are world class Australian technology.

TECHNICAL PERFORMANCE GUIDANCE

Engineering consultant (F2/F1) Treviso Italy Luigi Zanon, Albert Callegher

MAINTENANCE AND PREPARATION

2020 - GKN Motorsport 2020 (Special thanks to Greg Woodrow for initial team efforts)

2021 - GRM Motorsport - Major servicing (the car Manufacturer) ongoing related servicing;

2021 - Team for all other items, including engineering students from Monash, Swinburne and RMIT University form the backbone of the team

LOW COST FORMULA

Any well run team on a small budget the ability to run competitively based on an affordable yet powerful F1 styled car, thanks for the foresight of Chris Lambden Gary and Barry Rogers (all former racers), having low maintenance with tough robust parts, standardised economical mass produced, fixed with minimal adjustments allowed. Testing is also limited, this combinations is focused on driver ability not the teams budget.

Lower aero grip, hard compound tyre limit of 1 set per race weekend (and last over 250 laps), a powerful open wheel formula with limited grip, provides lots of TV action with cars snaking out of slow corners highlighting driver skill, which is lacking in other major  categories.

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