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RUSTY FRENCH STEPS FORWARD FOR SUPER 5000

Rusty French has become the first man to buy a new Super5000 race car

Rusty French has become the first man to buy a new Super5000 race car

Rusty French has become the first man to buy a new Super 5000 racer.

The long-time racer and co-owner of Prodrive Racing Australia put a $100,000 deposit on the prototype for the new 5-litre open-wheeler at Sandown Park on Friday.

French said that he was pleased to show faith in the new car, which has been built in Adelaide by SupaShock.

“”I have followed the progress of this car for some time,” said French.

“I am glad to have the first one and I look forward to seeing it on the grid with 19 other cars.”

The Super5000 car on display at Sandown this weekend

The Super5000 car on display at Sandown this weekend

French said that he had Thomas Randle in mind to drive the car, when it came time to hit the track.

The prototype S5000 is due to be demonstrated at Sandown over the course of the weekend. Garth Tander was going to drive the 600-plus horsepower racer but will now focus on his Supercar commitments.

His wife Leanne Tander will now drive the car, the current Australian Formula Ford titleist having recently tested the car at Mallala.

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