Trans-Am Presence adds Muscle to Lakeside Tribute Program.

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The Queensland based Australian Trans-Am Series is, without doubt, a fan favourite at the Queensland Raceways venues, and they return, for their first outing of the 2018 season, this weekend, as part of the 8th annual Lakeside Tribute.

It’s the start of a six-round schedule for the series, which will crown a new champion at the Lakeside 300 in September.

Like the Queensland Touring Car Championship, the reigning champion won’t return to defend his crown, with the Trans-Am showman, Shannon O’Brien taking a break from the sport this season.

Despite O’Brien’s absence, there’s still much to be excited about this season, with a large, quality field getting set to do battle once more.

Ford drivers, and TA2 regulars, Russell Wright and Anthony Tenkate are set to do battle with the Pontiac Firebird’s of Ian Palmer and John English in the contest for the outright title.

Wright dominated TA2 in 2017, and was hugely impressive in his Trans-Am appearance at the Lakeside 300, going head-to-head with Shannon O’Brien across the whole weekend.

O’Brien isn’t the only absentee this year, with Ron Prefontaine also not returning, after stepping up to compete in the 2018 Touring Car Masters series.

The Sportsman and Five Litres classes will, again, be hotly contested this season, with New Zealander, Tony Rutherford returning to defend his Sportsman title, while Ron Prefontaine’s 5-Litre crown will be up for grabs.

The six-round championship will visit Queensland Raceway for Rounds 2, 3 and 4 of the season, before returning to Lakeside for the final two outings of 2018. The championship will conclude on Lakeside 300 weekend, at the end of September.

2018 Performance Allied Wheels Australian Trans-Am Series Calendar.

Round

Venue

Event

Date

1

Lakeside Park

Lakeside Tribute

March 16-18

2

Queensland Raceway

Ipswich Festival of Cars

April 20-22

3

Queensland Raceway

2 Days of Thunder

June 22-24

4

Queensland Raceway

QRDC #4

July 6-8

5

Lakeside Park

Lakeside Classic

August 10-12

6

Lakeside Park

Lakeside 300

September 28-30