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Oct 26, 2016

APCS RACING INTO THE FUTURE

 

After experiencing a large resurgence across 2016, the Australian Production Car Series will hit Sydney Motorsport Park for its final round of 2016 in two weeks time.

Thirty-five plus racers are expected to race at the Eastern Creek facility for the fourth and final round of its 2016 season.

This marks not only the biggest entry list for the series’ year, but also for national-level production car racing in some time.

The latest evolution of CAMS production car racing, managed by Iain Sherrin and Ontic Sports, the Australian Production Car Series will include numerous rounds as part of the Shannons Nationals presented by Penrite, as well as the official Hi-Tec Oils Bathurst 6 Hour event.

“With so many entries coming in for our last round of the year we were worried about not having enough spots, which was a nice problem to have!” Sherrin said.

“To say that I have been very pleased with the support we have received from Australia’s production car community across the year and in particular around this last round would be a massive understatement.

“It has been a big year for us, and this support and the fact we will end our season with our biggest field to date is very exciting as we look towards what will be an even bigger and better 2017 – including the Hi-Tec Oils Bathurst 6 Hour as part of next year’s soon-to-be-released calendar.”

Along with the coming release of the new calendar and the pending introduction of the new 3E technical regulations for 2017, the series is also in discussions with CAMS regarding some new eligibility regulations. The revisions are designed to expand vehicle eligibility for the category to cover all cars under the $150k purchase price which are covered by the 3E regulations ratified earlier this year.

“A number of new regulations and revisions are with CAMS, which are intended to help open up the Australian Production Cars category to some exciting new entries,” Sherrin said.

“While still keeping to the production car style and under a $150k purchase price, the new regulations will allow a range of two-seater cars such as Nissan 370Zs, Mazda MX5s, Jaguar F-Types, Alfa Romeo 4Cs and so on to join us – moving away slightly from what is currently a touring car-heavy category to a more inclusive production-focused category.

“It is an exciting new stage for us and after such a big development year this year, I can’t wait to see how we grow in the next 12 months.”

While there are exciting times ahead next year, there is still plenty of action to be experienced in a few weeks time.

With series bragging rights as well as racing glory on the line, excitement is guaranteed whether you are watching trackside or live and free online on the Sunday, or enjoying the special expanded feature on SBS Speedweek in the weeks following.

“We have six class championships and an outright title on the line, and in almost all of them it is still a case of anything can happen,” Sherrin said.

“In Class A, Beric Lynton leads from Luke Searle and Paul Morris; while in Class B my brother Grant and I are leading the way from David Ayres and our Dad, Michael Sherrin.

“In Class C, none other than veteran Doug Westwood has the points advantage, but only by a minor margin – sitting just three points ahead of long-time racer Colin Osborne. Francois Jouy is just 27 points shy of Osborne, with Franck Donniaux in fourth on 225 points.

“In Class D, father and daughter pairing Barry and Carly Black are on the top of the ladder with 315 points, leading current class champions Andrew Turpie and Grant Phillips.

“Class E has showed some great battles this year, with youngsters Ellexandra Best and Liam Thompson – our youngest ever (cumulative age) driver pairing currently leading from the only slightly older Naylor brothers – Mitch and Leigh.

“Class I is being lead convincingly by Kyle Alford, but be ready for plenty of great race battles in this class no matter what the championship picture looks like!

“When it comes to the outright title, there is sure to be plenty of intensity this weekend – Luke Searle and Paul Morris are currently on top of the point’s ladder with 270 points apiece, while Beric Lynton has 266 points ahead of Tim Leahy at 210. It is all going to come down to Sunday’s four hours of racing.”

Pitting what are perhaps more well-known to the public as ‘daily drives’ against each other in a battle of ingenuity, skills, technology and determination at some of Australia’s best race tracks; the APCS displays the prowess and skills of vehicles that can be purchased in the domestic automotive market. With six separate classes, all kinds of vehicles from high performance to hybrid racers are catered for, making for an incredibly diverse and interesting entry list every time the APCS heads to the race track.

As a true endurance series, Sherrin says the value for money on offer to competitors in the APCS is unrivalled due to the comparably low costs compared to the sheer amount of racing delivered by each weekend.

In addition, with all rounds of the APCS requiring at least two drivers, racers can spread their costs across a two or three-driver arrangement which makes what is already a grassroots program when it comes to affordability even more accessible.

Australian racing legends like John Bowe, Mal Rose and Glenn Seton and identities like Rick Bates, Dean Fiore, David Russell and Craig Baird have all been hosted by production car racing over the years, it is a great place for young up and coming racers as well. For instance, Chaz Mostert raced a BMW335i in 2011 and 2012 and even took home a race win in Sydney, all while he was cutting his teeth in the Supercars Dunlop Series; while Aaron Seton moved up to driving in the Porsche GT3 Cup after a year in a Mitsubishi Evo.

Like these racers and many more, production car racing delivers an unbeatable and affordable opportunity to race with the best in production car racing, develop a career, and have fun.

For more on the Australian Production Car Series, visit www.australianproductioncars.com.au