Huge weekend of racing to kick off 2022

The 2022 VSRS season is going to kick off with a bang after two seasons of challenges due to the ongoing pandemic however the passion for motorsport is still clear with 290 entrants for the opening round.

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Perhaps the headline act is the opening round of the 2022 Formula Ford National Series, the future of categories like V8 Supercars stars are in here.   Names such as Astuti, Blanchard, Richards, Bargwanna and Quinn are all well known in Australian Motorsport and the next generation are lining up here.   Harrison Blanchard is a third generation of the well known Blanchard Family, Clay Richards another looking for a career in motorsport.  Without doubt this will be one of the star attractions to watch if you are trackside, from motorsport dynasties to names you have never heard of this is where the future stars make their mark.

1Brendan JonesSpectrum 011
2Valentino AstutiMygale SJ15A
3Harrison BlanchardMygale SJ2012
4Matthew HillyerMygale SJ18A
5Jordyn SinniSpectrum 012 formula ford
6Paul ZsidySpectrum 015PZ
7Zak LobkoMygale SJ11a
12Kye CavedonSpectrum 015KC
14Clayton RichardsSpectrum 015
15Tom McLennanMygale SJ11a
17Peter FitzgeraldSpectrum 014
23Joe FawcettSpectrum 015
27Daniel FrougasMygale SJ08
28Winston SmithMygale SJ10A
29Thomas DaviesMygale SJ2011a
34Kyle EvansFormula Ford Spectrum
36Mark ZellnerMygale SJ01A
39Jason McgrathVan Dieman RF93
40Richard DavisonVan Diemen RF95
41Matthew HolmesSpectrum 015
42Carly FlemingMygale SJ10A
44Jarred FarrellSpectrum 015
47Adrian WilkinsonVan Diemen RF89
50Mark SamsonSpectrum 011b
55Gavin DumasMygale SJ07A
60Cody DonaldSpectrum 014B
61Jack CliffordMygale SJ11a
70Philip MarrinonGalloway Formula Ford 1600 HG5
71Conor SomersMygale SJ18A
79Jude BargwannaFormula Ford Spectrum 012
86James MeadenVan Diemen RF 86
91Xavier KokaiSpectrum 012
92Cameron McLeodSpectrum 15 15
93James PiszcykMygale SJ13
94Kobi WilliamsFormula Ford Spectrum 015
95Ryder QuinnMygale SJ2012a
96Bailey CollinsSPECTRUM 012

36 Improved Production cars will take to the track, reigning champ Adam Pool in the beautiful Holden Monaro will be the one to catch while Luke Grech-Cumbo will be looking to upset the South Australian’s charge.  Daniel Timewell returns after an accident at the V8 Supercar supports in Sydney last year while Damien Milano’s HSV may upset Poole’s glory.  If it rains keep an eye on Adrian Taranto’s Audi S3 and even newcomer Kim Moscicki

1Adam PooleHolden Monaro
2Wayne DekkerAudi 80 Quattro
7David BoneDatsun 1600
11Daniel TimewellHolden VF Commodore SS
15Ian McLennanHolden V2 Monaro
17Stephen ZourkasHonda CIVIC
19Wayne TwistBMW E46
21Peter DixonHolden V2 Monaro
25Luke Grech-CumboHSV Senator
26Kaide LehmannHolden VE  Commodore
29Marco TimperioFord Falcon XR8
30Grant OgleFord Focus
31Callum JensenPeugeot 306 GTI6
32Scott AppledoreHyundai Excel
33Mark DefanisHolden VF SS
38Adrian TarantoAudi S3
42John DawsonHolden HQ
43Mathew LoganHolden VE Commodore
45Paul GrziwotzHonda Civic
48Brad WyattHolden Commodore VX
51Anthony JohnsonBMW E90 M3
71Paul VuillerminFord Falcon
88Damien MilanoHolden (HSV) Commodore
89Bryce Peter-BudgeBMW M3
91Jarrod TonksHolden IPRA Commodore
98Michael SinclairHyundai X3 Excel
100Stuart DeardenFalcon EA Saloon
105Michael HartHolden VS Commodore
123Bradley RossFord Falcon
134Thomas NeedhamMazda 3 MPS
135Shane Smithsuzuki swift sport fz
155James AugustineNissan Silvia S14
161Brett Harrisford au
178Dallas BrooksHOLDEN VX SS
640Craig PiergrosseFord Falcon

An all star cast of 39 Hyundai Excel’s that will make Sandown raceway look like the M1 on a Monday as they all chase the last tenth of a second. 

4Norm LeeHyundai Excel
7Larry MerifieldHyundai Excel
7Mason KellyHyundai Excel
8Ryan PhillipsHyundai Excel
13Tex Starr-McKoyHyundai Excel
21Billy HamiltonHyundai Excel
24Gerard AnneveldtHyundia Excel
25Lachlan HarveyHyundai Excel
26Kai AllenHyundai Excel
32Scott AppledoreHyundai Excel
33Harry TomkinsHyundai Excel
34David MusgraveHyundai Excel
35William SalaHyundai Excel
39James LodgeHyundai Excel
41Timothy Yateshyundai excel X3
45Kerry BrightHyundai Excel
46Pieter FaulknerHyundai Excel
49Emma ClarkHyundai Excel
61Bradley JamesHyundai Excel
64Conner McleodHyundai Excel
73Abby WingettHyundai Excel
79Arron HindleHyundai Excel
84Toby WaghornHyundai Excel
84Wil LongmoreHyundai Excel
85Glenn MackenzieHyundai Excel
92Donovan MrnjavacHyundai Excel X3
96Bradley VerekerHyundai Excel
98Michael SinclairHyundai X3 Excel
99Jason KayHyundai Excel
103Antonio MollusoHyundai Excel
111Dale CarpenterHyundai Excel X3
117Hugo SimpsonHyundai Excel
123Devan NichollsHyundai Excel
142Carly FlemingHyundai Excel
161Dallas HarveyHyundai Excel
747Gareth Hodgkisshyundia excel
777Ethan Grigg-GaultHyundai Excel
995William SealHyundai Excel X3

The Sports Sedan field has 29 quality entrants and headlined by stallwarts of the category in Charles Talbot in his Chevrolet Camaro and Dean Camm in his Chevrolet Corvette.  Not to be complacent there are two MARC car entries for Stuart Eustice and Tony Groves . If it rains the return of Graeme Gilliland in his familiar orange RX7 and the Mitsubishi Evo of Kevin Stooplan will also throw a spanner in the horsepower hero’s up front.

9Michael IudicaNissan R33 Skyline
10Allan ArgentoFord Falcon XE
12Keven StoopmanMitsubishi Evo 8
12Charles TalbotChevrolet Camaro
14Andrew ParkerHolden VS Commodore
21Graeme GillilandMazda RX7
22Gregory LynchHSV GTS VT Series 2
23Francois HabibFord Falcon
27Graeme MeerHOLDEN Commodore
28John HolingerFive Star/Replica Camaro
34Craig EddyHolden VH Commodore
39Mark KakouriHolden VH Commodore
44Cameron McKeeFord AU XR6
48Gary FinemoreFord Falcon XB Coupe
54Ranald MaclurkinNissan 180sx
56Ranald MaclurkinNissan 350Z
57Gary VellaHolden Commodore
63Gordon LovegroveDatsun 260z
66Dean CammChev Corvette
68Mark HoueixCommodore VY Clubsport R8
72David RatcliffeHolden VT commodore
77Greg TaylorHolden Commodore
80Tony GrovesMARC V8 Mazda 3
82Brian FinnHolden Commodore
90Stuart EusticeMARC V8 Mazda 3
91Stephen BakerNissan GTR
94David ShawFord AU
97John IppolitoHSV Clubsport
144Arthur Van OrsouwHolden VS Commodore

The Victorian Sportscar Championship has 14 entrants, headlined by the SIN R1 of Richard Bendall and Benjamin Schoots while strong competition is guaranteed with Christian Fitzgerald in a Porsche 911 GT3 Cup and Michael Kokkinos in an Audi R8 LMS GT3.  No less than 10 GT3 Porsche’s will line up on the weekend.

 Christian FitzgeraldPorsche 991 GT3 Cup Gen II
6Michael StillwellFord Mustang FR500CS
8Michael KokkinosAudi R8 LMS Ultra GT3
16Jamie LovettPorsche 997.2 GT3 Cup
18Travis KnipePorsche 911 GT3 Cup Car
50Robin BaileyMG BGTV8
58Steven KepperPorsche 997.2 cup car
62Richard GreenPorsche 991 GT3 Cup
65Benjamin SchootsSIN R1
68Stephen SlugaPorsche 997 GT3 Cup
90Sven BurchartzPorsche 911 GT3 RS/R
97Rodney GordonPorsche GT3 Cup
130Andrew HallPorsche 991 GT3 Cup Car
266Jacob LiPorsche 991.1 GT3 CUP

A combined field of Historic Touring Cars and BMW E30’s will provide a great mix of racing, from the big V8’s of Trevor Talbot and Darren Collins (Camaro’s) up against Darren Jones, Domenic Leo and Andrew Lane (Mustangs) and throw in the Nathan Gordon HQ Monaro there is a good race up front.  The E30’s will as always provide close hard racing with one of the strongest field of E30’s at state racing

4Anthony PejkovicHolden EH
7Rory PlantBMW E30R
11Paul DobsonFord Falcon GT
19Ryan CarterBMW E30
22Alex JoryBMW E30R
23Tristan BlaufelderBMW 325i
23Robert van StokromBMW 2002
24Geoffrey BowlesBMW E30R
25Donovan MollenhagenBMW E30 325i
27Brian BourkeBMW E30
28Philip PearmainJaguar 3.4 (Mk1)
30Jessica BellBMW E30R
33Peter GeorgeFord Lotus Cortina
38Michael BaileyBMW E30 R
39Peter HollowayMorris Cooper S
40Roderick MartinBMW E30
40Darren JonesMustang Coupe
43Peter MeulemanFord Mustang
45Nathan GordonHolden HQ GTS Monaro
50Ashley RogersBMW E30
51Simon LeachBMW E30R 325i
52Darryl O’NeillBMW E30
54Paul ShiffBMW E30R
55Quentin FerryHolden EH
57Simon BrowningFord Cortina Mk 1
58Dean CouttsBMW E30
76Trevor TalbotCHEV CAMARO
84Domenic LeoFord Mustang
89Andrew LaneMustang Fastback
90Shannon CooperBMW 325i
95David CrabtreeFord Capri
97Darren CollinsChevrolet Camaro
143Jeremy PayneBMW E30
155Simon ShiffBMW E30R

MG & Invited British Sportscars see 22 entrants, the big V8’s up front including reigning champion Philip Chester will headline the front row with challengers such as Robin Bailey and Rodney Gibb while the mid pack racing is always one to watch with the gaggle of MG B’s.

1Philip ChesterMG BGT V8
4Gary BulmerMG B
6Peter RoseMG B
9Gregory WhiteMG B
11david MottramMG B
15Mark O’NeillMG B GT v8
24Michael TrathenMG Midget
32Rodney GibbMG ZT 520
33John MakehamMG Midget
36Hendrik ZwarteveenMG B
40Keith OndarchieTriumph Stag -40
41Barry PritchettTriumph TR6
44Alana OndarchieTriumph Stag
48Anthony VollebregtMG ZR
49Jane VollebregtMG B
50Robin BaileyMG BGTV8
53Michael WoodMG BGT V8
54Christopher RalphMG B
60Rodney WellsMG Midget
66James DoddMG ZR
93Danny CiarmaMG B GT
666David AndersonMG B Roadster

The ever tight Formula Vee’s will line up with 26 entants, the reigning champion Reef McCarthy will lien up and take on all the challengers including Lee Partridge, Heath Collinson, Jake Rowe and more! It will be one not to miss!

1Reef McCarthySabre 02
5Andre CurinSabre 02
7Rob VileJacer F2K4 – Heidi
8Russell SaundersJacer F2K4
9John CassimatyFormula Vee Jacer F2K7
12Isaac WoodhouseSabre 02
14Charlee Tracey-RichardsonVw Jacer
16Claudia LennoxSabre 01
17Ashley CliffordSabre 02
23Lucas KhawamJACER F2K8
25Nicholas KerrSabre 02
28Lee PartridgeSabre 02  Sophie
31Heath CollinsonSabre 02
33Nicholas GriggSabre 02
44Darren PowerSabre 01
46Ayrton FilippiFormula Vee Elliot MKII
47Jake RoweSabre 02
49Damian SpinelloSABRE 01
60Sumukh RudrapatnaELFIN NG FVEE
69Mick FisherJacer F2K9
73Philip GardnerFormula Vee Bee-Cee
76Joshua MunroFormula Vee 1600
77David StuartLSV Stinger N/A
85Brian ButtigiegJacer F2K6
95Adam NicolsonSTINGER FV

Saloon Cars have a strong entry list of 18 cars, a wide array from newer VY Holden Commodore back to VN’s and the formidable Falcon in between will ensure great on track action

3Engels LeonciniHolden VY Commodore
5Peter TonksHolden VY
9Mark SutherlandHolden Commodre
14Simon TabinorHolden VT
15Shawn JamiesonCommodore VY
19Adam LowndesHolden VY Commodore
22Jeffrey ThomasFord Falcon AU
23Scott DornanHolden VY
24David LinesCommodore VT
25Cooper CappellariHolden VY Commodore
28Robert KnightFord AU Falcon
34Andrew McSwainFord Falcon
35Daniel JohnsonFord Falcon
50Anthony BeareHolden VY Commdore
57Glenn CampbellFord Falcon AU
73Ashley LeeCommodore VN
84Brett TaitFord Falcon AU
85Nash Harrisholden vn

A strong field of 16 Porsche 944’s will take on the 2022 opener, Cameron Beller is always one to watch as a strong field including the Westaway’s, Andrew Jackman and Andrew Jones return for the new year.  Looking to make an impression will be Jack Atley who joins the series and hoping to mix it on the podium.

 Vlad KennedyPorsche 944
 Mark VerdinoPorsche 944
1James WestawayPorsche 944
3Anthony WestawayPorsche 944
7Carter FoxPorsche 944
8Richard HowePorsche 944
20Andrew JackmanPorsche 944
31Adam BrewerPorsche 944
32John VainorasPorsche 944
33Andrew JonesPorsche 944
35Jack AtleyPorsche 944
46James MitchellPorsche 944
55Cameron BellerPorsche 944
56Joshua Brisbaneporsche 944
64Keith MarrinerPorsche 944
74Mark TaubitzPorsche 944

A 17 car field of HQ Holdens will torment the track, all the names you expect to see are going to line up and it will be four wide into turn 1!

8Raymond JardineHolden HQ
13Kenneth WrightHolden HQ
14Andrew MagiltonHolden HQ
26Andrew LorgellyHolden HQ
36Andrew LawtonHolden HQ
38Gavin RossHolden HQ
53Benjamin RichesHolden HQ
66James KennaHolden HQ
70Michael LingHolden HQ
75Mick MagiltonHolden HQ
76Steve BanksHolden HQ
82Andrew McLeodHolden HQ
85Graham FrancisHolden HQ
87Glen McDonaldHolden HQ
90Perry BekkersHolden HQ
91Eric HillHolden HQ
99Tony MoloneyHolden HQ