Australian Prototype Series
Following a strong debut season, the Australian Prototype Series (APS) will continue to build Sports Car racing in Australia moving forward into the 2018 season.
Embracing a remarkably diverse array of open-top sports and open wheel cars, the APS launched onto the Australian motor sport landscape in 2017 with competitive racing and a hint of what is to come.
The remarkably competitive series saw even performance between the diverse group of competing vehicles and drivers.
Three different drivers won the first three rounds, six drivers remained in contention for the championship through to the final round of the season.
The top three finishing positions in the overall championship went to a West Sports Racer, a Radical SR3 and a RFR1000 open wheel racer – one car from each of the three key classes in the championship.
This open competition – and the fact 14 different drivers scored a race podium across some point of the season – showcases the depth of the series and how drivers of different experience levels and with different experience levels can be competitive.
CN cars were introduced for the first time and though they only made a brief appearance in the opening round, the exposure gained around the introduction of international-style sports cars into the championship proved their inclusion was worthy.
The addition of CN Prototypes closes the gap to international-level Prototype competition and is set to make the Australian Prototype Series a legitimate pathway for drivers looking to access the increasingly popular LMP3 and LMP2-based series in Asia, Europe and America.
This allows the APS to serve two purposes; be a place for young drivers to gain experience for international sports car competition, and for amateur or enthusiast racers to enjoy their competition, be competitive and race some of the most impressive cars around.
As in the inaugural season, variety will again be the focus of a stable set of rules and regulations, with multiple class competition to continue in an effort to build on what was established in season one.
Eligible cars for P1 Class competition include the current 6SR cars of Lincspeed, Prince, Minetti, Speads, Stohr and West; and the current 2C cars of Radical SR3 and ADR3; plus the FIA Group CN cars from ADR3, Chiron, Juno, Ligier, Norma, Tatuus, and Wolf.
Each class will be recognised at each round, generating competition throughout the grid in every race.
Round 1: 13-15 April, The Bend
Round 2: 11-13 May, Sandown
Round 3: 27-29 July, Queensland Raceway
Round 4: 21-23 September, Sydney Motorsport Park
Round 5: 2-4 November, Phillip Island