Another driver has confirmed his participation in the inaugural Australian S5000 event this month.
With the backing of S5000 investor Bill Tymms and the support from Milldun Motorsport, Aussie Barton Mawer has confirmed he will drive at both Sandown and The Bend Motorsport Park in November.
Mawer has enjoyed success behind the wheel in both Australia and abroad with the 2003 Australian Formula 3 runner-up having competed in Australian Formula Ford, world GT racing and open wheel racing in the UK and US.
Having already produced a distinguished career in motor sport, both as driver and trainer, the New South Welshman is ready to get in the drivers seat again in what will be a historic weekend.
“I am so excited to be a part of Australian motor sport history by competing in the inaugural S5000 race at Sandown on 20-22 September,” Mawer said.
“I have been following closely the journey this class has taken since the early inception. I met with Chris Lambden early in 2016 and could see his vision and admired the concept.
“As a young child I got to see the early stages of Formula Holden as my father was running a team and later preparing cars for the likes of Mark Larkham and watching those cars go through Turn 1 kink at Oran Park and T1 at Eastern Creek still inspire me to this day.
“Australia has been starved of a proper premier open wheeler category in this country for too long, S5000 has re sparked the interest of a lot of the old guard and some new people also.
“I have worked with Liam Dunn and his team by assisting his drivers at the circuit for a few years and have been impressed with his professional approach and enthusiasm. The forming of Milldun Motorsport is timely with their step in to S5000 and I will be working with them on other trackside programs we will wrap around this.
“S5000 has shown they expect this to be a serious category. By announcing Rubens Barrichello and attracting quality drivers it has me fired up and also gives us a real platform to build on our partners to grow this team into an established operation.”
Milldun Motorsport owner Liam Dunn was excited about the remaining two races for 2019.
“To be part of something like this from the start is huge for the team and for Barton,” Dunn said.
“The calibre of the drivers for the first event is very impressive, and the way the cars are built and designed, to really showcase the driver’s skill, is going to make this class an unbelievable spectacle. And GRM has done a tremendous job with the cars. The engineering and workmanship is first class.
“Barton’s experience in open wheelers is a perfect fit for our team. When the idea came about of running in S5000, Bart was really the only person we had in mind for it.
“There’s a lot of excitement at the moment for this category, and we’re definitely not going there to make up the numbers.”
The new series begins as part of the Shannons Nationals at Sandown Raceway on 20-22 September.
For those able to make it to Sandown, tickets are now on sale with 10 per cent of all sales going to charity partner Very Special Kids.
S5000 has been confirmed as part of an expanded Shannons Nationals live television coverage on SBS, including carsales TCR Australia Series.