Apr 4, 2017
Strong field to launch 2017 Prototype Series
The all-new Australian Prototype Series will launch with a strong grid of 16 cars when the opening round of the series is staged at Sandown Raceway this weekend
The series has attracted a diverse entry for the opening round, setting up a strong start for the series this year.
Five different manufacturers are represented, including the pair of Wolf GB08 Tornado CN Prototype entries entered by Synep Racing – the first of their kind to race nationally in Australia.
The strong reaction from competitors to the newly launched Prototype Series has category manager Liam Curkpatrick excited for the inaugural round this weekend
“The reaction to the new, inclusive rule book has been positive and we are very pleased with the grid for the opening round,” he said.
“There are a lot of familiar faces, but it’s exciting to welcome some new names, especially those who have elected to do ‘double duty’ by entering their Radicals in their own APS class.
“There will be racing throughout the field and in true Sports Car racing fashion, it will be a very diverse and open grid.”
New South Wales brothers Josh and Adam Cranston will steer the pair of Synep Racing entries, upgrading from several seasons of competition in the FL1 Open Wheelers that are a mainstay of the class.
While Adam will run in the P2 Kumho Cup class, Josh Cranston will run in the outright P1 category alongside fellow championship favourites, Jason Makris (West WX10) and Mark Laucke (West WX10).
South Australian Mark Short (Prince LSR Sports Racer) is expected to be a strong contender at the front of the field and will also be a challenger for P2 Kumho Cup honours at the weekend.
Competitors racing for the P2 Kumho Cup class – based on driver seeding - remain in contention for the outright P1 title, however also compete for their own ‘title within a title’ to give them a chance at podium glory.
Kumho Cup seeded drivers who qualify more than twice in the top three, or finish a race more than twice in the top three during the 2017 Series will then only become eligible for the P1 Championship – giving class contenders their own chance to stand on the podium.
Series regulars Johnathon Stoeckel (West WR1000) and Synep Racing’s John-Paul Drake (West WX10) add to the depth in the Kumho Cup at round one.
Additionally, a brace of Radical competitors will join the series at Sandown, eight cars and drivers set to fight for their own class trophy at Round 1.
Amongst the contenders in the four-cylinder powered SR3 Radical entries include Anthony and Simon Haggarty, David Crampton, Peter Paddon, Michael Whiting, Chris Sutton, Philip Hughes and Kim Burke.
West Australia’s Terry Peovitis will be the sole runner in the F1K class, however the nimble 1000cc open wheelers are generally highly competitive with the similarly-powered Sports Racing cars throughout the field.
The season opener will be contested within the opening round of the Shannons Australian Motor Racing nationals on April 7-9, three APS races to be contested across the weekend.
Sunday’s two races will be broadcast on the Shannons Nationals live stream, available through the www.prototypeseries.com.au website throughout the race weekend.
ENTRY LIST – ROUND 1, Australian Prototype Series
2 Kumho Cup Synep Racing, Adam Cranston (NSW) Wolf GB08 Tornado
3 RADICAL Vantage Freight, David Crampton (NSW) Radical SR3
4 FL1 Orlando Phoenix, Terry Peovitis (WA) RFR F1000
5 P1 Synep Racing, Josh Cranston (NSW) Wolf GB08 Tornado
6 RADICAL Haggarty Racing Team, Anthony Haggarty (NSW) Radical SR3
15 RADICAL Haggarty Racing Team, Simon Haggarty (NSW) Radical SR3
16 Kumho Cup MSR Motorsport Fabrication, Mark Short (SA) Prince LSR
31 RADICAL First Focus, Peter Paddon (NSW) Radical SR3
33 RADICAL Taylor Collision, Michael Whiting (SA) Radical SR3
35 RADICAL Sutto's Motorcycle Supply, Chris Sutton (VIC) Radical SR3
42 RADICAL Hughes Supercar Services, Philip Hughes (VIC) Radical SR3
44 P1 Mirage Racing - Marina Mirage Gold Coast, Jason Makris (QLD) West WX10
53 Kumho Cup Bryan Stoeckel, Jonathon Stoeckel (VIC) West WR1000
55 P1 Laucke Flour Mills, Mark Laucke (SA) West WX10
66 Kumho Cup Synep Racing, John-Paul Drake (SA) West WX10
68 RADICAL Kim Burke, Kim Burke (NSW) Radical SR3