Five-way title fight headlines SCCSA championship finale
Friday 15 September, 2023
Photo: Tony Donoghue
The Motorsport Australia Sporting Car Club of South Australia (SCCSA) State Motor Racing Championship season will come to a close this weekend in a mammoth event at Shell V-Power Motorsport Park (The Bend).
The fourth and final round of the 2023 season will see a healthy entry list of more than 135 competitors spread across multiple exciting categories take to the track for two days of jam-packed action.
Categories include Circuit Excels, Improved Production, Saloon and Sports Cars, Sports Sedans, Formula Vee and diverse range of Historic and other grouped classes.
With free entry to the event, South Australian racing enthusiasts will be treated to large fields in the Circuit Excels, while they will also witness an intense battle for series honours in the Improved Production class.
The class sees up to five eager competitors mathematically in contention for the 2023 title, including current series leader, Mark Kempster.
Kempster has been rewarded for a handful of consistent performances so far this year and is the hot favourite to leave Tailem Bend with the trophy. It won't be easy though, with the likes of Andy Sarandis, Anthony Norris and Rob Braune breathing down his neck.
While Sarandis has the most race wins this year, he will have to rely on the downfall of his peers to be in for a true shot for the title, while Braune will be full of confidence after a successful weekend in his last visit to the popular South Australia circuit.
Sitting fourth in the standings is Matthew Kelly, and with the weather forecast looking sunny, he is expected to continue his consistent run of form his Super Tourer inspired BMW E36.
While the title race is one of the key attractions for the weekend, there will be plenty of action within the other categories across the two days – with each scheduled to take to the track for four races.
The majority of Saturday's action will see practice and qualifying sessions play out before the racing kicks off later in the afternoon.
The weekend will also feature a special Redback Interstate Challenge, which will see a single-event prize awarded to celebrate the addition of so many interstate competitors taking part.
Those planning on spectating at the event can do so free of charge.
The fourth and final round of the Motorsport Australia SCCSA State Motor Racing Championship will take place at Shell V-Power Motorsport Park on 16-17 September.