Indycar too fast for the V8s

LOCAL connections took the motor racing world by storm last weekend by claiming a trio of podium finishes at Eastern Creek Raceway.

Lismore driver Jason Clements combined with local businessman and IndyCar owner Graham Mein to send an imported open-wheeler around the western Sydney track faster than most at a Historic Sports Racing Car Association meeting.

The concept sees IndyCars take on V8s in a car-lovers’ free-for-all.

The meeting was a prelude to the trans-Tasman round later in the year.

Mein bought the 800hp producing Lola T8600 Turbo from the US late last year with an eye to races like these.

The car was previosuly raced by famous American driver Al Unser Jnr and Clements would have felt the full power of the beast as he cranked it up to speeds topping 280km/h.

Mein and Clements’ new toy has a decorated history. It finished fourth in the 2009 Indycar series and led the Indy 500 until the last lap. It also won at Miami Raceway later the same year.

It was the first time Clements had raced the Lola Indycar, making the results even more exciting for the team.

Against some of the fastest cars in Australia, Clements and his new ride grabbed a pair of second placings before mounting the top spot on the dais after the final race.

A Lismore boy, Clements started racing at Lismore Kart Club when he was 15 before moving up to join the big boys.

In 1998 he won the Queensland race car series driving a Ralt RT4 Formula 2 car and was named CAMS Driverof the Year.

Clements will drive an M3 BMW at Morgan Park on May 29-30 in the Queensland Improved production series and will return to Eastern Creek later in the year.

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