The final round of the TA2 Muscle Car Series kicks off at Calder Park Raceway this weekend, 30 November – 2 December. With 240 points up for grabs this weekend and Rice currently sitting third in the Championship, the youngster is well and truly in contention for the 2023 Championship title.
With a test day fresh under Rice’s belt, the Wodonga driver is hopeful and confident for some podium results.
“I’m super excited for the final round of the season. It’s been a big year and I’m really looking forward to getting behind the wheel at racing around Calder Park,” said Rice.
“The weather is certainly going to be interesting. It’s certainly forecast to be a bit wet and drizzly, but it wouldn’t be a Melbourne round without a bit of rain. Hopefully it holds out, but it’ll certainly make for some good racing.
“I do love driving in the wet, especially these cars – they’re a lot of fun!
“Calder hasn’t been run at a national run event for quite some time now, I think it’s been about 10 or 15 years. We’ve been lucky enough to do some test days before this weekend, including last Friday; so it’s been great to cut some laps and get an idea of the style of track ahead of the round.
“The surface is very, very slippery. They’ve actually just resurfaced the back third of the circuit, which is really cool. It quite similar to the Sandown surface changes, as it goes from the new surface to the old surface; there’s also a lot of bumps and a lot of undulation.
“It’s quite fast at top speed, but it also has a lot of really technical, low speed corners. For example, Turn 1 we’re travelling 260km/h then heavy braking into Turn 1, back to first gear down to 60km/h, to then turn the car back on itself with a 180degree hair pin, then a couple of high speed chicanes, up over the hill and then onto the high-speed chicane onto the back straight – which is probably my favourite part of the track from testing. It’s certainly going to make for fantastic racing and will be great for TV.
“Although we’ve been hurt a little on points from previous rounds, we’re still in the hunt for the Championship and it really can be anyone’s.
“A massive thank you to all of our sponsors and supporters who have helped us along the way. We really appreciate all of your support. A special thanks to Mudtamer for coming on board as naming rights sponsor this weekend.
“Hopefully we can have a good weekend and finish on a high!”
The weekend schedule will feature three practice sessions on Thursday and a total of four races across the weekend, with Friday hosting a qualifying, top 10 shootout session and race one. Saturday will see three races with a 30-minute final going into the twilight, where the Champion will be crowned.
Catch all of Saturday’s action live streamed from 1pm AEDT on the TA2 Racing Australia, Hi-Tec Oils and Speedcafe Facebook pages, as well as live and free to air from 6pm on SBS on Demand, Simulcast on Fox Sports and Kayo Sports, plus replayed Sunday afternoon Dec 10 on SBS Speedweek programme.