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GRM is ready to return the WINTON test

By Josh Nevett

The machine’s stable Garry Rogers Motorsport (GRM) will be released from the blockade on Monday when both TCR Australia and S5000 cars head for the Winton Raceway for testing.

Young Super 2 Series drivers Josh Fife and Matt Chahda will have the opportunity to grab the handle of the S5000 for the first time as they prepare for the return of Super 2 at Sydney Motorsports Park from November 19th to 21st.

The Tasman Cup opener will also be held the same weekend as part of the final Sydney Supercars Championship event, the Bole Paia Sydney Super Night.

GRM Team Manager Stefan Millard gave an overview of the test day.

“I’ll bring two cars on Monday and Josh Fife and Matt Charda will spend the day,” Millard said.

“They were keen to get involved and had an S5000 drive. Hopefully they enjoyed the day and it starts there.

“I packed up three trucks yesterday. It’s good to be back on the truck.

“2020 was a fairly extended period, but to be honest, this off-season feels longer than last time.

“Monday is to restart everything and try to get some kind of rhythm before returning to the race.”

Fife, who is 13th in the Super2 ranking, was excited to return to his first experience with Wing and Slick Open Wheeler.

“There was obviously a big break after Townsville. We were planning to test earlier just to get the lap,” Fife said.

“It didn’t happen because the COVID happened, but now that I’m free to travel, I can complete the test with GRM.

“The goal is to increase mileage due to the limited Super2 test, so a few laps on the S5000 is beneficial before returning to the race.

“I’m really looking forward to the power. I’ve heard how much it is and aero. I’ve never driven with wings so look forward to it and what will happen to everything. I will look at.

“My main goal is supercars, but next year I’d like to do a few rounds of the S5000 between Super 2 events. I’d love to find out.”

The Victorian drivers of GRM’s TCR Australia program will also participate in the test as the team’s three Peugeots, two Renaults and two Alfa Romeo will be given a shakedown prior to the resumption of the season.

“The mid-season breaks are pretty long, so our goal is to shake down the car and put the crew back in gear before firing again at the end of the busy year,” Millard said.

“Because the Victorian guys are heading there, they’re based in Sydney, so there won’t be Michael Caruso or Jordan Cox.”

At this stage, the TCR Australia Series will return to the 6-day Bathurst 1000 event from November 30th to December 5th.

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