Australia’s prolific TA2 Muscle Car Series has split with promotion body the Australian Racing Group (ARG).
It comes just two weeks after ARG announced a new commercial deal with Trans Am America to run a national championship in Australia and New Zealand.
This week organisers of the TA2 Muscle Car Series announced they’ll run a revised calendar, no longer alongside ARG. Instead, the championship will run largely with the largely east coast based Australian Motor Racing Series (AMRS).
The TA2 Muscle Car Series was set to run at the Adelaide 500 as well as the new Bathurst International alongside TCR Australia, S5000, LMP3 and the Touring Car Masters.
A new calendar is expected to be revealed shortly with rounds in New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia and Queensland. At the same time, ARG is expected to launch its own national championship.
In a statement from the series organisers, the decision was made to go independent of ARG to maintain their current rule set that has largely been attributed to the success of the series.
“Our Australian TA2 Muscle Car Series is the envy of the world, it is unique and we will continue to run a highly-competitive and driver-focussed independent series as promised to our owners using Howe built cars to the same-specification with the sole aim of keeping the overall cost of going V8 racing as low as possible for the competitor,”series owner Peter Robinson said.
The one chassis, one engine policy means parity is kept across all the cars and costs are kept as low as possible. However, the new agreement between ARG and Trans Am America means a change in those rules, which will allow multiple car and chassis builders with alternative running gear.
Currently, the TA2 Muscle Car Series in Australia runs solely with Howe Racing Enterprises with a space-frame chassis and control GM Motorsport engine.