S5000 to run at Newcastle Supercars round

Andrew van Leeuwen

The 560-horsepower car will stage a series of demos across the Newcastle 500 weekend, with both four-time Bathurst 1000 winner Murphy and Supercars Hall of Famer and former Aussie open-wheeler legend Bowe taking the wheel.

It will be the public unveiling of the car in its latest form built around the Onroak-Ligier chassis.

“To be one of the first people to drive the S5000 car is really special,” said Bowe, a two-time Australian Drivers' Champion in Formula Atlantic hardware.

“These will only be demonstration laps, but it is really going to give the Newcastle fans a real treat. Big, loud, modern race cars around a spectacular track.

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“I grew up in open-wheelers, I love them, and the introduction of this category is the best piece of open-wheel news in Australia since Formula Atlantic was here in 1981.

“With the new carbon-fibre monocoque, big engine and the cockpit ‘halo’, it will be an awesome class. The aero will be good but not over the top, and the cars will be quick.

“If we’re ever going to have a chance to breed a race-ready Formula 1 driver in Australia, this will be the car and the category.”

The S5000 series is set to debut in 2019, with a yet-to-be-revealed schedule.