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Jun 28, 2016

NEXT GENERATION RACERS TEAM UP

 

The son of experienced production car campaigner Tony Alford will make his Australian Production Car Series debut this weekend at Sydney Motorsport Park, as part of the second round for the 2016 series.

The 21-year-old Lower Beechmont student who is studying Commerce at Griffith University will race his father’s Donut King BMW 1M with up-and-coming star Aaron Seton – the son of racing legend Glenn Seton.

For Kyle Alford – who had participated in only a hand full of practice days, sprint events and regularities before undertaking the Queensland Raceway 300 in March – will be a big step up in his fledgling racing career.

“I think there is a great variety of cars across all the APCS classes which makes for some good racing, and the endurance style racing is always a plus,” Alford said.

“Assuming I can keep his car out of the wall, I assume the old man will let Aaron and I finish out the remaining APCS rounds for 2016 in the 1M. 

“I had my first go in it at Morgan Park the weekend before the SMP event and it was considerably more powerful than anything I have driven so far, and it can be a little intimidating, but it definitely puts a smile on your face!

“I am really looking forward to driving with Aaron – he is a very talented peddler and there is obviously a lot that I can learn from both Aaron and his dad Glenn (racing legend Glenn Seton). Hopefully together we can find some pace for me.”

While Kyle and Aaron take the 1M out onto the track, they will be joined on the grid by Tony Alford – with the Alford family patriarch and co-driver Stu Kostera racing the new Donut King Audi TT RS which claimed second outright and in Class A at the season’s opening round last month.

“I enjoy racing against the old man, mainly because if he is in the car he can’t yell at me over the radio,” Alford continued.

“We raced against each other at the QR 300 in a pair of Mitsubishi Mirages - it was an enjoyable experience except for the part where he finished in front of me.

“If you ask me, I think his car was faster! I may have to employ some tactics like feeding him a wheel at SMP to avoid a repeat loss!"

For Seton, there is lots of fun to look forward to at Sydney Motorsport Park, who thanks Tony Alford for the opportunity to drive his Donut King BMW 1M.

“I'm really looking forward to teaming up with Kyle Alford in the Donut King BMW for the Sydney event,” Seton said.

“I think it will be a great event to gain more driving experience for myself as well as Kyle and I really enjoy the Sydney circuit.

“I first drove a 1M at Phillip Island with Beric (Lynton) and it was an enjoyable car to drive so I can't wait to get behind the wheel at Sydney Motorsport Park and have some fun.

“I don't have any expectations for the Sydney event other than to have fun as it's going to be a great event for Kyle and myself to gain a lot more experience.” 

This weekend’s Round 2 of the 2016 Australian Production Car Series and all rounds of the season are being held as part of the Shannons Nationals.