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New sponsors and a rookie driver will lead the way in Harris Racing’s renewed assault on the Turtle Wax Trans Am Series after a successful stint with former driver Aaron Seton.

Led by noted former racer and businessman Craig Harris, the Queensland-based team will bolster its family-oriented credentials this year as son John will take on the driving duties of the Ford Mustang from Race Tasmania on February 11-13.

John has previously competed in the Queensland Production Cars and raced a Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X, but the new challenge of muscle-building a Trans Am Ford Mustang is a prospect.

“It’s super exciting,” Harris said.

“We planned this a few years ago and this was always the plan to move to Trans Am and it just came out at a good time for us.

“The first shakedown was definitely interesting, on the other side of the car, with all that growling on just two tires, it was very different to drive.

“A lot happened, let’s just say.

“I can not wait. I love those little battle packs that form and I’m just looking forward to drivers my age and status in the category.”

Harris studies Engineering at university and hopes to match the impressive performance of rookies in 2021.

“I’m optimistic and I’m sure there will be plenty of challenges this year, so if I could be like the other rookies in 2021 I’d be really happy,” he said.

Father Craig revealed that Castrol, who has been a sponsor for many years, will continue to support the team and continue a relationship that began in 1983. Additional support will come from three local Queensland companies, Superior Jetties, Ahoy Club and Ownit Homes.

“We are very happy with how the program is progressing,” Craig summed up.

“I think we have a very good package. We won’t get ahead of ourselves, this year is a learning curve for John like it was last season for some of those young guys, then we’ll see how it goes when it’s done.”

AWC Race Tasmania will restart the national track racing season with opening rounds of the Supercheap Auto TCR Australia Series, S5000 Australian Drivers’ Championship and the Turtle Wax Trans Am Series.

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