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TraNZam sports sedans are set to make a one-off return to Tier 1 racing at the Powerbuilt Tools Raceway at Ruapuna on November 23-25.

TraNZam Invitational races will fill the gap left by the Toyota Racing Series, which will star at the Lady Wigram Trophy meeting in early January.

Derin Greenslade, a spokesman for the group organising the races together with the car club, says the idea is to recreate the spectacle that TraNZam provided without having the difficulty of ensuring that all the cars conform to a common set of regulations.

Instead, any car considered fast enough will be able to compete, and the playing field will be levelled by having one scratch race, one reverse grid delayed start and one handicap race.

Greenslade says there’s no intention of starting another series for TraNZams, and that many of the cars will also be seen competing in the Schaeffer Oil NZ Super Sedan Series in the North Island, and other series including OSCA.

Likely starters include Derin Greenslade with a new Jaguar XJS body TraNZam car being completed by TranzAction in Christchurch, Bernie Gillon with his newly acquired ex-Andrew Fawcet Jaguar TraNZam, Australian Luke Youlden in the Ford Mustang Cobra, Andy Greenslade with a new Chevrolet Corvette bought from Canada, Roger Williams with a newly acquired Oldsmobile Aurora, Glen Brazier and Richard Freeman (Corvettes) and Alan Ferguson (Chevrolet Camaro).

Thirteen drivers say they intend to race, with more expected to join.

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