Oct 28, 2016
APCS RELEASES 2017 CALENDAR
After a big year for the Australian Production Cars in 2016, an expanded six-round calendar has been confirmed for 2017 – beginning with the Hi-Tec Oils Bathurst 6 Hour across April 14-16.
Along with more racing, the Series will also enjoy extended television coverage, enjoying an extended feature role in the SBS Speedweek coverage of the Shannons Nationals rounds across the year (40 minutes of coverage per televised round) and featuring as part of the Hi-Tec Oils Bathurst 6 Hour post-event programming on SBS Speedweek.
After round one is held as part of the prestigious Mount Panorama race, the Series will travel to Winton Motor Raceway across June 9-11 for two 300km races, before Sydney Motorsport Park hosts three x one hour races across July 7-9 in what will be an ‘endurance sprint’ round.
Another 600kms of racing is on the docket for Queensland Raceway across August 4-6, with two 300km races including the popular Fight in the Night to be held at the Ipswich venue.
The penultimate round will see the frenetic action of The Island Four Hour around the picturesque Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit (September 8-10), before Wakefield Park hosts the finale (November 4-5) with two 300km races to decide the outright and class championships for an expected 35 plus entrants.
“The last 12 months has been a watershed year for the Australian Production Cars, and we are now counting down the days to our 2016 finale as we look ahead to an action-packed 2017,” Australian Production Cars Category Manager Iain Sherrin said.
“After a four-round calendar this year, we are very pleased to announce an expanded six-round calendar including not only the Hi-Tec Oils Bathurst 6 Hour but also five rounds with the CAMS Australian Motor Racing Nationals, and more racing kilometres than ever.
“We will race at not only the iconic Mountain, but also Winton Motor Raceway, Sydney Motorsport park, Phillip Island, Queensland Raceway and Wakefield Park.
“The calendar also sees us continue to deliver a mix of competitive formats from one hour races to 300km double-headers to four hour stanzas – offering the highest amount of racing miles of any national Series operating in Australia at the moment and with a format that presents an affordable package for all kinds of racers.”
Along with the new calendar and the introduction of the new 3E technical regulations for 2017, further developments are afoot with the Series currently 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,” said Sherrin.
“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.”
The latest evolution of CAMS production car racing, the Australian Production Cars will hold its 2016 conclusion across November 11-13 at Sydney Motorsport Park with more than 35 entrants confirmed. A 40 minute SBS Speedweek feature will cover all the highlights of the action in the weeks following the event.
Those interested in entering should contact Iain Sherrin of Ontic Sports on 0422 449 446 or at email@example.com.
For more on the APCS, please visit www.australianproductioncars.com.au or www.facebook.com/AustralianProductionCars.
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2017 CALENDAR – AUSTRALIAN PRODUCTION CARS
Round – Venue – Date – Format
- Round One – Mount Panorama, Bathurst – April 14-16 – Hi-Tec Oils Bathurst Six Hour
- Round Two – Winton Motor Raceway – June 9-11 – 2 x 300km races
- Round Three – Sydney Motorsport Park – July 7-9 – 3 x one hour races
- Round Four – Queensland Raceway – August 4-6 – 2 x 300km races, including Fight in the Night
- Round Five – Phillip Island – September 8-10 – The Island Four Hour
- Round Six – Wakefield Park – November 4-5 – 2 x 300km races