Former Super2 and Trans Am contender Jon McCorkindale will make the switch to the Battery World Aussie Racing Cars Super Series, starting at the Newcastle street circuit next weekend.
Scheduled to contest the opening rounds, last year’s Trans Am Rookie of the Year is aiming for strong results on the streets of Newcastle.
A vastly experienced driver in an array of different classes, McCorkindale is set to join an oversubscribed field of competitors.
The popular Aussie Racing Cars category has been granted an exception to go over the circuit's grid density of 36 cars, with 40 cars entered for the opening round of the series.
The official entry list will be revealed early next week.
McCorkindale is expected to be one of the front runners. The Young, NSW resident was a leading contender in V8 Touring Cars before making the step up to Super2 in 2021, running an ex-GRM Holden Commodore.
Last year, he transitioned into the National Trans Am Series where he finished fifth in the title standings.
After a shortfall of budget to remain in the V8 class, McCorkindale was planning to step back from racing, but the opportunity to race in the Battery World Aussie Racing Cars Super Series proved too good an offer to resist.
This will be the first time McCorkindale races on the Newcastle street circuit, however this won’t be his first start in the Battery World Aussie Racing Cars Super Series after taking a race and the round win at Phillip Island in 2015 after a partial season with Scott Taylor Motorsport.
Two practice will be held on Friday followed by qualifying and Race 1 on Saturday and two more races on Sunday.
All Battery World Aussie Racing Cars races will be broadcast live on Foxtel and Kayo.
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“I’ve never been to Newcastle and I’ll be lucky to get a couple of laps in beforehand, so I might be turning up extremely fresh,” said McCorkindale.
“The last time I raced in one of these things back in 2015, I didn’t own the car and hadn’t raced one before either. We actually won the last race and round in it for Scott Taylor Motorsport.
“It’s a tight category in regards to the rules and regulations, so for me it will be fun as I aim to bring in more sponsorship to complete the year.
“I think they’re built for it! These little cars, if you block up the inside of the corner even though it might be a narrow track, they are short enough to go around the outside, so I think the racing is going to be really good.
“The new higher aero package for the Aussie Racing Cars this season is going to make the racing even tighter and there are good drivers as one of 15 can win up in Newcastle.
“It’s good to have the first round at Newcastle, especially for my sponsors to be in front of so many people and to be part of it as not long ago I was considering hanging up the helmet.”
Friday, March 10
Practice 1 9:35am
Practice 2 2:45pm
Saturday, March 11
Race 1 1:35pm
Sunday, March 12
Race 2 9:15am
Race 3 12:00pm