The AASA has become renowned for sanctioning some of Australia’s most popular grass-roots motorsport, and this weekend two of the country’s most popular grass-roots categories will be showcased in the final round of the Wakefield Park Motor Race Series.
The Australian Pulsar Racing Association (APRA) and Series X3 NSW (Hyundai Excel) series will each stage endurance races, which have attracted massive fields to the delight of Wakefield Park manager Dean Chapman.
“There are great fields across some of the best categories in the country,” Chapman said.
“I think it’s fitting that the challenging 2020 season will compete for the final time at the home of grass roots motorsport, Wakefield Park Raceway.”
The Pulsars and Excels will be supported by Legend Cars and Stock Cars, but while the large number of entries has created some challenges for the event organisers, race secretary Ruth Walsh said AASA and Wakefield Park have worked together to create a streamlined process for the competitors.
“We have some really big fields this weekend, especially the Pulsars which have 51 entries, but it’s a good problem for us to have,” Walsh said.
“We’ve worked on our CRM (customer relationship management) online system to make the entry process smooth, while AASA has a facility for us to do licence checks online before the event.
“This has a couple of benefits; firstly, it speeds up the sign-on process but secondly, it also reduces the need to have big queues of people in any one area, which allows us to create a COVID-safe environment for the competitors.”
As the secretary of the meeting, Walsh is in communication with the AASA team before and after the event.
“Before the event, I’m working with the AASA to apply for the event permit and have the supplementary regulations approved,” she said.
“The overall process is smooth, straightforward and well-organised.”
Walsh also paid credit to the team of Wakefield Park officials who will be overseeing proceedings at this weekend’s event.
“We’re fortunate to have a dedicated team of officials at the venue; I work with the senior officials like (clerk of course) Nick Goring, (deputy clerk of course and flag marshal co-ordinator) Kate Epplestun and (chief scrutineer) Mike Hanley; they’re all great at organising their specific departments.”