Several regular Australian Motor Racing Series (AMRS) categories will still be racing this weekend at The Bend in what will now be the inaugural round of the ‘South Australian Motorsport Series’.
The second round of AMRS in 2022 should have taken place from April 22-24 at the South Australian venue but has been moved to Winton, according to an announcement by that series’ management on Good Friday.
However, the Promaxx Performance Exhausts TA2 Muscle Car Series remains at The Bend, as does the MARC Cars Australia Championship and the Australian Formula 3 Championship.
The card will also feature the SA GT Challenge and possibly a round of SA Tin Tops, pending numbers seen as promising at this point.
The event will be promoted by The Bend itself and is designed to cater to those categories whose attendees have already booked accommodation and organized travel.
However, according to Wayne Williams, The Bend Operations Manager, who has been in the works for some time, the South Australian Motorsport Series will be an ongoing feature at the circuit.
“I’ve been excited for these categories to come here with AMRS,” Williams told Speedcafe.com.
“We’re always waiting for those national categories to come and we were disappointed when AMRS didn’t want to come here, but very happy when all the categories came to us and said, ‘We still want to run here.’
“It was last minute for us [matter of] ‘Try to get a race meeting together’ but it was and will be worth it because it’s going to be a great event.”
The South Australian Motorsport Series is sanctioned by Motorsport Australia while AMRS rounds are sanctioned by the Australian Auto-Sport Alliance (AASA).
AMRS, AASA and Winton Motor Raceway in Benalla are all owned by the Benalla Auto Club, as is Wakefield Park Raceway in Goulburn.
Nash Morris leads the TA2 title race after winning the four race season opener at the AMRS round at Sydney Motorsport Park in February.