S5000 horsepower cut for Adelaide

The South Australian capital will host the second and final round of the Tasman Series as part of the Adelaide 500, marking the return of cars with powerful wings and slicks to the former Australian Grand Prix circuit.

However, as the track now holds a Class 3 FIA licence, the V8-powered open-wheelers will have to run at maximum reduced power.

The class faced a similar situation when it raced on Jebel Panorama for the first time late last year.

The new pay-to-pass system, which debuted on the Gold Coast last month, will not be affected by the power cut.

The system itself is based on force limiting, so drivers have six opportunities to hit more grunt when passing or defending.

“We are proud of how adaptable the cars are as we can tune and adapt them to suit different conditions if the need arises,” said Stefan Millard of S5000 Technical Partner Gary Rogers Motorsport.

We’ve worked closely with Roger Higgins on… [category engine providers] InnoV8 sort out the right tuning for the vehicles and it works very well.

“On a street circuit like Adelaide, lower power is likely to make it easier to extract lap time as putting power to the ground – which is so crucial on a street circuit – will be key.

“With the new surface, we are very confident that the cars will give the current live lap record a boost.”

The series also revealed a 15-car entry list for Adelaide, six more than the inaugural Tasman Series and second largest entry for the entire year after the Australian Grand Prix.

Series leader Nathan Hearn returns as does second-place finisher Joey Mawson, while Aaron Cameron – who was racing Motorsports Games this weekend on the Gold Coast – will make his first Tasman Series start of the year.

However, the headliner is former Formula 1 star Giancarlo Fisichella who signed with the BRM team at the weekend.

Veteran open wheel star Tim Macro, meanwhile, will make his final start as a full timer before hanging up his helmet.

Fisichella has limited experience with S5000 cars, having joined the 2020 Australian Grand Prix event series – until it was cut badly after Thursday’s sessions.

“We are excited about the field that has been assembled for Adelaide both in terms of quality and quantity,” said Ben McMillan, S5000 Category Director.

“He’s full of talent and after the very competitive and very clean show we enjoyed on the Gold Coast, we expect this to be an even better show for the Adelaide fans, many of whom have been there in the Formula 1 era.

“We’re very comfortable with the changes with the cars. They’ve proven to be very adaptable to different conditions and if that’s what it takes to be able to put on a great show in as many tracks as possible, we’ll embrace it.

“The team at GRM and InnoV8 have done a great job making it seamless for all of our teams.

“When our field of 15 hits the Senna chicane for our first race on Friday, no one will notice the difference.”

Adelaide S5000 Entry List

# Team driver
1 Valvoline GRM Team Aaron Cameron
17 Fluff Team BRM Game Mark Rosser
20 Brad Gartner Brad Gartner
22 Amadio Motorsport GRM Sebastian Amadeo
23 UCS Group Racing TMR Tim Macro
27 BRM team Joey Mawson
29 Valvoline GRM Team Nathan Hearn
37 Versa Motorsport Cooper Webster
48 Nepi Versa Motorsport Blake Purdy
49 Boost Mobile Racing Jordan Boys
56 BRM team Giancarlo Fisichella
65 Valvoline GRM Team Noah Sands
71 Pearson auto parts racing Bin Bergwana
79 Good Paraguana Motorsport Good Barguana
88 ACM Finance.com Eli Morrow

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