Macrow to jet to Spa for Group C experience prior to S5000 return
S5000 AUSTRALIAN Drivers’ Championship contender Tim Macrow will head to Sydney Motorsport Park’s fourth round of the Gold Star battle hardened and race sharp.
The experienced Victorian will jet off to Spa Francorchamps in Belgium to race at the iconic Spa Classic event aboard a classic Group C Tiga Sports Car this weekend.
Founded by Australian open-wheel legend Tim Schenken and Kiwi Howden Ganley, Tiga produced an array of open wheel and Sports Cars across their history, including cars that won major Sports Car races on both sides of the Pacific.
The car Macrow will drive raced at Daytona in the Florida circuit’s famous 24 Hour race and is owned by local racer, Robin Swift.
“Robin has some Pro Sport 3000 cars here and he’s been good enough to let me have a steer in local historic events, but it was a nice surprise to get the opportunity to drive a Group C car at Spa, I can tell you,” Macrow said.
“The car is based in Europe and it’s a pretty serious bit of kit. I’ll be driving with a guy called Jack Fabby, who has driven them before, in a pair of one-hour races. It’s something really new for me and I can’t wait to get there and not only drive the car, but get a crack at Spa as well.”
As well as Spa, plans are also in place for Macrow to drive the car at the annual Historic Le Mans festival later in the year.
He jets off to Europe tonight (Tuesday) and will return direct to Sydney for the fourth round of the Australian Drivers Championship, where he and his UCS Group / Hollinger S5000 entry sit second in the standings heading into the second half of the season.
“I’ll cop some jet lag for racing miles in something that should be as fast and as wild to drive as the S5000,” Macrow joked.
“It’s a tight turnaround but it’s a great opportunity to drive something new and experience one of the world’s great tracks.
“Any miles in a car will be helpful for my Gold Star campaign so I’m pretty content with that.
“I’m looking forward to Spa, and then coming straight back and getting back in our UCS Group / Hollinger entry in Sydney to try and close the margin to Joey in the championship.”
Round 4 of the S5000 Australian Drivers’ Championship will see S5000 rejoin the Shannons Motorsport Australia Championships at Sydney Motorsport Park on May 27-29.