DEFENDING CHAMP ROBSON BACK FOR SANDOWN F5000 ROUND

Robson’s familiar red Lola T332 (an ex Ken Smith car) has been fully rebuilt and will line up with other leading Australian contenders Tom Tweedie (Chevron B24), Bryan Sala (Matich A50), Aaron Lewis (Matich A50), D’arcy Russell (Lola T330) and V8 Supercar ‘Dad’ Richard Davison (ex-Teddy Yip/Alan Jones Lola T332), to take on some of New Zealand’s best.

Kiwi F5000 legend Ken Smith (Lola T332) and Auckland’s Andrew Higgins (Lola T400) are expected to be front-runners as Formula 5000 joins the V8 Supercar show for the first time, supporting the opening round of the 2014 Pirtek Endurance Cup.
 
One Kiwi who, unfortunately, will be missing from the grid this weekend is 2012/13 MSC New Zealand F5000 Tasman Cup Revival Series race winner Clark Proctor.
 
Proctor joined eventual round winner Tom Tweedie on the front row of the grid and took the battle to the young Australian in the first race at the opening round of the Australian series in Sydney a fortnight ago only to be forced out of the longer second one when his March 73A's engine went off-song.
 
"We've had an  issue with aerating the oil and though I switched it off before it did any major damage I think I've probably run a bearing," Proctor said this morning. "We did look at shipping another engine over between the two rounds but it was going to be too much of rush. The car will be at the track, but only on display this time."
 
Sandown is one of the traditional homes of Australian Formula 5000 and this weekend’s event will recreate the halcyon days when the 500+ horsepower V8s dominated the Australian motorsport scene.

The F5000s will contest two qualifying heats on Saturday at Sandown, with a feature F5000 race on Sunday morning, just prior to the V8 Supercar warm-up.

Fans hoping to experience the earth-moving sight and sound of Australia’s golden-era Australian GP category will need to get to Sandown early – the Sunday feature is scheduled for a 10.15am start.

After the opening round in Sydney earlier this month series debutant Tom Tweedie (55) heads the series points table, from Smith (44), Sala and Higgins (both 37).
 
Formula 5000 Australia is supported by Gibson Freight and MSC. And the The MSC F5000 Tasman Cup Revival Series is organised and run with the support of sponsors MSC, NZ Express Transport, Bonney's Specialized Bulk Transport, Mobil Lubricants,  Pacifica, Avon Tyres, Webdesign and Exide.