10 September 2020 | General

MTEC Motorsport eager to run S5000 program

MTEC Motorsport is keen to make a mark in the S5000 Championship and is entertaining interest in being involved in the new category full-time.

The Australian-based team with international pedigree sees the return of big horsepower open wheel race cars as a huge coup for the sport and wants to expand its involvement.

Run by Bruin Beasley, MTEC Motorsport has a long history in open wheel competition, running in Formula Ford, Formula 4 and New Zealand’s ultra-popular international Toyota Racing Series, regarded as one of the worlds most relevant feeder series.

MTEC ran three cars in the first-ever S5000 race at Sandown, and having got the taste for the new brand of wings and slicks competition, Beasley is keen to see his team be a permanent fixture in the V8-powered category.

“We would have to be one of the most qualified teams in Australia to run an S5000 program,” he said. 

“Our team are open wheel specialists. We’ve won Formula Ford Championships, we’ve won races in Toyota Racing Series, and we are very interested in using our experience to good effect in S5000. 

“We had a really good run at Sandown (the first-ever S5000 event). At some point, led all three races, and I feel that this is the right time to have a category like this in Australia, especially with all the things that are going on around us. It is highly-cost effective, it’s a great experience for the driver and the commercial packages, including the TV deal, is unrivalled.

“I love the concept. They are a big, genuine race car and there’s a place for open wheel racing at a top level in this country. 

“The biggest hurdle in Australia is to change the mindset of people who think that categories like Hyundai Excels are the best and only avenue to develop a motorsport career. Imagine a world where, like Europe, open wheel and sedan cars shared the spotlight and media attention.

“You only have to look at the interest around the Australians and New Zealanders currently forging careers in Europe at the moment in F2 and F3.

“I’m an open wheel guy. I love the tradition and history of the class, and it’s our team’s thing. Racing is what we do.”

Category manager Chris Lambden says that having teams like MTEC in S5000 is the perfect fit.

“Bruin and MTEC have a great pedigree in open wheeler racing, so it would be great to see him in S5000 long term,” said Lambden.

“Like all of us, he’s waiting and hoping for this frustrating COVID-imposed halt to racing to be resolved so we can get back to it. Bruin’s experience in TRS in particular presents a great option for young up-and-coming drivers.”

The VHT S5000 Australian Drivers’ Championship will award the coveted Motorsport Australia Gold Star award.