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$5000 Openwheelers Set For Sandown Debut

$5000 Openwheelers Set For Sandown Debut

$5000 debuts with legendary racers at the wheels.

The $5000 series are set to make their debut at the grand prix in Sandown and everyone is excited. About fourteen of the new S5000 class are expected at the event and all will be driven by star racers such as Tim Berryman, Rubens Barrichelo, Alex Davison, Matthew Brabham, Will Brown, John Martin and Barton Mawer.

Brazilian Rubens Barrichelo was the first racer to be confirmed for the inaugural $5000 races at Sandown, Melbourne. Barrichelo has a record 322 Formula 1 starts between 1993 and 2011, spent a season racing IndyCars with KV, before settling down to Brazilian Stock Cars. The $5000 debut is expected to be his return to openwheelers since 2012.

The 42-year-old Berryman from Cootamundra, New South Wales is no stranger to open wheelers as he has spent a majority of his career driving similar prototypes such as Formula Ford, Formula 3 and Radicals.

Just before being signed to drive one of the new Team BRM series, he was participating in Historic race meetings across Australia in his old Formula 5000-spec, Lola. Berryman won the 2014 Radical Australia Cup and competed at the Spa Francorchamps in the Radical Masters Euro Series.

The drivers will be driving the car for the first time during a hit out on Phillip Island before practice on Friday, qualifying on Saturday and racing on Sunday. Tickets for the race were on sale online and would also be available at the gate. For those unable to make it to Sandown for the historic event, the races would be broadcasted live and free on SBS, and via the Shannons National live stream.

The drivers have expressed their excitement towards the impending race as Berryman said “I’ve done a lot of racing in open wheelers and big horsepower prototypes, so I feel like I will be ready to take on the S5000”. He further stated that, “I’m very excited by the whole category. I’m over the moon to be involved in the first event at Sandown.

I’ll be in the same garage and same team as Rubens Barrichello, so it will be a real ‘pinch yourself’ moment.” He concluded saying, for him, he fancies the paddle shift, horsepower, slicks, wings, and that It’s a surreal feeling that makes him feel great about himself. He clearly loves the space and what’s to come.

When expressing his excitement about the race, Barrichelo said, “the concept of the S5000 formula is a very interesting one, the car looks to be a real challenge, and I look forward to playing my part in its launch.” “It’s great to see what will be a resurgence in serious open-wheeler racing in Australia. I hear the sight and sound of a five-litre V8 in the back of the $5000 is pretty awesome”, he said.

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