Sage Murdoch to chase sports car ambitions with a Wolf GB08 in the Australian Prototype Series
20.12.2017 – Open Wheel graduate Sage Murdoch will join the Australian Prototype Series in 2018, setting a pathway to racing at LeMans.
Murdoch, who will turn 16 just prior to the opening round, will race a Wolf GB08 for Jam Motorsport in all five rounds of the 2018 season – commencing at The Bend Motorsport Park in April with the Shannons Nationals. The Newcastle driver tested a Jam Motorsport West WX10 at Mallala last week, impressing the team with his pace and application to a very different style of car compared to his existing Formula 4 racer.
Murdoch finished 12th in the 2017 CAMS Jayco Australian Formula 4 Championship driving for AGI Sport, having graduated from Formula Vee and karting prior to commencing his F4 campaign. However, he finished the 2017 season with a series of strong results, including a front-row qualifying performance in Queensland and a string of top five finishes.
The Wolf GB08 CN cars will join the championship next year, Jam Motorsport set to run several cars as the championship expands in 2018. Jam Motorsport’s Aaron Steer said the team was already impressed with Murdoch’s progress after his first day behind the wheel of an Australian Prototype Series car.
Sage Murdoch (driver):
“I am excited to be competing the Australian Prototype Series next year. The car that I tested in was amazing! I had never driven anything so quick with so much aero and it took me two sessions to get my head around it and start setting some decent lap times. The team were very welcoming and were very professional when we were looking at video and data, showing me how to drive the car and what I can do differently to get the most out of it. My objective for next year is to finish in the top 3 and maybe do a race at Rome in the 6 hour with the Wolf Factory Team, Avelon Formula. My career objective is to make it to Le Mans or the Asian LeMans series”.
Aaron Steer (Jam Motorsport):
“It was the first time Sage had driven a full bodied aero car and his first time at Mallala, he did a great job quickly getting up to speed. He drove JP Drake’s West and we were really impressed with his application and progress throughout the day. He managed to get into the 1’09.00 using a car setup for “new to sportscar drivers”, so we’re very confident that he will be on the pace next year and Jam Motorsport will be doing what we can to give Sage the tools he needs to get the results he deserves”.
Liam Curkpatrick (Australian Prototype Series Category Manager)
“We are very pleased to attract a young driver like Sage to the APS as it shows the series is relevant to drivers looking to progress up the ladder of international Sports Car racing. The addition of the Jam Motorsport Wolf CN cars next year brings an internationally utilised car into the championship which means the series is more relevant than ever to those looking to race Sports Cars. With a strong calendar we are certain Sage will have a great season and progress his career forward via the Australian Prototype Series”.
The first round of the 2018 APS will be held with the Shannons Nationals on April 13-15.
About Wolf Racing Cars
The Wolf brand has appeared on the motorsport scene back in 1976 when the team took part in the Formula 1 World Championship for four years running until 1979. The golden-black livery of the team has come back to racing in 2009, when the Italian team Avelon Formula, led by Giovanni Bellarosa, decided to produce a class CN2 car: the Wolf GB08. Wolf Racing Cars challengers have secured 101 wins, 99 pole positions and 92 fastest laps of the race since 2010, which allowed the team to take 10 National and International titles, among which the Italian Sport Prototypes Championship, the CISP Championship (Portugal), the SCC Championship (Austria/Germany), the BELCAR (Belgium) and the Spring Mountain Racing (United States). Following the victory of the ACI Sport tender, Wolf Racing Cars will be the exclusive provider of the challenger employed in the Italian Sport Prototypes Championship from 2018 to 2022.