Jul 26, 2016
SALOON CAR RACERS BOUND FOR APCS ROUND
This weekend’s Queensland Raceway round of the 2016 Australian Production Cars will play host to Gold Coast electrician Ashley Jarvis and his father Paul Jarvis, in none other than a Ford Falcon Saloon Car.
The father and son pair will compete in the Invitational Class, in the Lighthouse Electrical/Jarvis Plumbing Ford Falcon AU which Ashley campaigned in the 2015 Bathurst 6 Hour with brothers Dion and Brody and is the sister car to the Jarvis team’s Saloon Car in which Ashley took out third in the 2015 National Saloon Car Championship.
“We are really looking forward to bringing our Saloon Car to Queensland Raceway for the Australian Production Car Series,” Jarvis said.
“We have been racing the Saloon Car for the past two years – it is one of three that we have as a family team – and we have been racing for around 20 years.
“I will be sharing the entry this weekend with my dad Paul – he is normally the mechanic on the car, but he wants to race the Hi-Tec Oils Bathurst 6 Hour with us boys next year so he needs to get some seat time to have his licence in time.
“He is certainly enjoying his time behind the steering wheel instead of being behind the spanners – with three race cars he is forever spending his time preparing cars instead of racing them.
“Now, he has raced one event so far and he is hooked – I don’t think we will be able to get him out of the drivers’ seat now!” laughed the 31 year old, who thanked Lighthouse Electrical, Jarvis Plumbing, Charis Seafoods, Mortgage Mart and Ormeau Physio for their support of the campaign.
“We have heard a lot of good things about the Australian Production Series and with plenty of laps to be had it seems like a good thing to be a part of. With it being our local round too it just makes sense and is a perfect opportunity to share a race car with my dad!”
What is round three of the 2016 Australian Production Cars will include a 300km night race on the Saturday evening, with the Jarvis pairing holding no fears about racing under lights.
“We have done a lot of speedway racing which is held at night, so we are well used to it. It should be really good fun – and is something different. We like changing things up a bit so it just adds to the reasons to come out and have a go this weekend,” Jarvis said.
“The biggest thing for me is enjoying the family racing. All of my family is involved. My dad Paul, my mum Karen, and my brothers who this weekend will be trading in the helmets for the spanners.
“Thanks has to go to everyone involved, especially mum and all the wives and girlfriends for letting us do what we love. We just want to have fun, keep everyone happy, and keep going as long as we can.”
The Jarvis father and son entry will be just one of 22 cars to hit the track at Queensland Raceway this weekend. Included amongst the entry list is another Jarvis entry – with Alan and Rob Jarvis (no relation to Ashley and Paul Jarvis) set to campaign the #4 Toa57d Motorsport Suzuki Swift.
This weekend’s round of the Australian Production Car Series is also being supported by Open2View.com.