Kiwi racing legend, Ken Smith, will be out to win Australia’s most important Formula 5000 races when he wheels out his Lola T430 at this weekend’s Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix meeting at Albert Park, Melbourne
“We've had a good season so far, with some good wins, so if everything goes well I'll certainly be giving it a good go,” says the 67-year-old whose 2009 tally includes winning the prestigious Lady Wigram Trophy.
He’s been the man to beat in this seasons MSC New Zealand F5000 Tasman Cup Revival series races on both sides of the Tasman, and is the only driver in the 33-car field to have raced on the Albert Park track (in a Formula Ford).
Points-wise, Smith hardly needs to win either Saturday’s six-lapper or Sunday’s eight-lap race. He leads the series by 140 points from Lola T332 driver Tony Richards.
Richards will be out to defend his second place in the standings from young challenger Aaron Burson (Talon MR1) who is just two points behind.
Tasman Cup Revival Series points standings: Ken Smith (Lola T430), 397; Tony Richards (Lola T332), 257; Aaron Burson (Talon MR1A), 255; Ian Clements (Lola T332), 215; Stan Redmond (Lola T332), 209; Sefton Gibb (Lola T332), 177; Stuart Lush (McRae GM1), 110; Jay Esterer (McRae GM1), 100; Roger Williams (Lola T332), 98; Mark Dwyer (Lola T400), 94.