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Experienced Brett Nile and Sprintcar competitor Jason Pryde will make up an exciting West Australian combination to watch the Trans Am’s take to the hill at next month’s Supercheap Auto Bathurst International.

The pair compete in the Turtle Wax Trans Am 100, which will feature three races, culminating in the all-important 100km race, the longest single Trans Am race of the year.

Niall has a wealth of mountain racing experience, including competing in the LIQUI MOLY Bathurst 12 Hour on multiple occasions.

He has also been a loyal competitor in sedan racing in Western Australia, but has recently switched to local Trans Am competition in a Ford Mustang.

New Zealand-born Pride was the Sprint Car leader in the west but swapped clay for tarmac earlier this year and will make his Bathurst debut in a Chevrolet Camaro after trying the Mountain as a spectator while watching the recent Grand Prix.

For Pryde, it’s a matter of ticking off the bucket list and he’s excited to take on the challenge at the legendary track.

“For me it’s definitely an unusual thing to race at Bathurst, especially in Trans Am. It will be very cool,” he said.

“People dream of racing a V8 around Bathurst and it’s not something we probably thought we’d be able to do, but it’s going to be great to ride there.

“My dad is coming over from New Zealand so it’s going to be great to be there together and we’ve got good people behind us.”

Since Pryde only recently made the switch from a sprint car to a Trans Am, he said he will use Niall’s experience at The Mountain when they tackle the Turtle Wax Trans Am 100.

“Brett has been there before, so we’ll try to build on his experience,” he said.

“I think just understanding the track is the biggest challenge. What’s clear from everything I’ve seen from there is that no rookie goes and dominates, the people who go the best usually have the most experience, so for me personally it’s going to be about doing the most laps as we maybe over the weekend.

“I really enjoy driving the Trans Am. They’re a lot different than what we’re used to, but they’re a lot of fun, and fighting the Mountain will once again be a whole new level.

“We’re starting to sort things out in our heads, we’ve had both dry and wet runs, which was good.

“We’re feeling pretty comfortable so I think it’s time to try a new one and there’s no better place than Bathurst.”

The West Australian duo will be regular entries, including reigning Turtle Wax Trans Am Series winner Nathan Hearn, Garry Rogers Motorsport teammates Owen Kelly and Lochie Dalton, and favorites Ben Grice, Nick Carroll, Brett Holdsworth and Orange Burcher’s Cody the title of the compiled list of entries, which will be announced shortly.

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