A dedicated recovery team will be on duty at all events of the Shannons Motorsport Australia Championships, starting with the first of the year at Phillip Island this weekend.
The event will host Round 2 of the Supercheap Auto TCR Australia Series, the Turtle Wax Trans Am Series and the S5000 Australian Drivers’ Championship, all of which kicked off last month’s AWC Race Tasmania.
Then, due to a series of incidents and lengthy recovery periods, Trans Am saw few green flag laps of racing, while the final TCR race of the weekend was interrupted by a lengthy red flag period to reset safety barriers.
This race weekend at Symmons Plains was not part of the Motorsport Australia Championships platform and the new initiative is said to have been in the works for some time.
It involves the use of a variant of the Nissan Navara Utility developed locally for the salvage team by Premcar, the company behind the Tickford Fords of the late 1990s and early 2000s.
“We have a really talented pool of recovery officers across Australia doing great work at all levels of the sport,” said Michael Smith, Motorsport Australia’s director of motorsport and commercial operations.
“They sacrifice their time, energy and often their own equipment to help events run smoothly, negotiate tight schedules and clean up after significant incidents to maximize race time.
“Up until this year, our focus at Motorsport Australia sponsored events is to have a consistent recovery team at each event who know the cars and circuits well.
“So for all Shannons Motorsport Australia Championships events we have the Nissan PRO-4X Warrior team on standby to assist with any complex salvage that comes their way.
“The inclusion of Premcar’s Nissan PRO-4X Warrior is a significant boost given the Warrior’s towing capacity and its ability to haul the necessary equipment to reach and eliminate an incident as efficiently as possible.
“A big thank you to Nissan for supporting the Shannons Motorsport Australia Championships.”
The 2021 Nissan Navara PRO-4X Warrior from Premcar was developed by the Australian company in Epping, Victoria.
“We are thrilled and proud to deliver the Nissan Navara PRO-4X Warrior to Motorsport Australia,” said Premcar Engineering Director Bernie Quinn.
“The Warrior’s ruggedness and legendary reliability make it the perfect choice as a recovery vehicle.
“Whether you’re outback, camping with family, or stuck in a sand trap, you can count on the toughest Navara ever: Premcar’s PRO-4X Warrior.”
The Phillip Island round of the Motorsport Australia Championships will take place from this Friday 18th March.
VIDEO: Premcar’s Nissan Navara PRO-4X Warrior recovery vehicle