New era for Aerial Motors

THIS year will one of new beginnings for Chris and David Stevenson of Aerial Motors Racing.

Firstly, there will be a name change to Advantage Motorsport, and secondly, a new category for the team.

Advantage Motorsport has been created to handle the preparation and running of not only the Stevenson race cars, but customer cars as well.

This year the team will be fielding a three-car team in the Aussie Racing Car Series, which runs as a support category to the V8 Supercars.

Chris and David have purchased a car each and are also preparing a car for Melbourne businessman Jeff Watters of Automobility.

Chris will be piloting his own car and David will be leased out.

For the first round, to be run during the Adelaide 500 on March 2 and 3, the car will be driven by 16-year-old George Guiterrez, a go-carter from Adelaide.

Aussie Racing Cars are a 1/3 scale spaceframe chassis, powered by a 1300cc Yamaha motorbike engine with a fibreglass shell made to look like Commodores and Falcons.

This year Holden Cruze and Toyota Avalon shells have been added. These single seater cars, weighing about 400kg can achieve speeds of at least 200kph, are a spectacular sight when they are running three and four-wide on the track.

The series travels around Australia, running at selected V8 Supercar rounds, including the Gold Coast and Sydney.

This is a huge change for Stevenson, the former Commodore Cup driver as the new cars are a 1/3 of the weight of a Commodore Cup car and are left hand drive.

With a field of up to 40 cars in Adelaide, anything could happen.