Muller Motorsport are the newest entrants in the 2018 Australian Production Car Series, with the 2016 winning BMW M1 their car of choice.
The young team will be making their debut in the series, much to the delight of their team director Urs Muller.
“We chose the APC as we felt it fit perfectly with our goal of advancing on our success of 2017 in the NSW Production Touring Cars while moving to the national level,” Muller said.
“The APC is a great competitive category and has an excellent grid of drivers and cars. The most convincing factor for us however, was the number of endurance rounds – our team loves the thrill of endurance racing and thrives on its challenges.
“Our main goal for this season is to have a clean finish for every round, dip our toes into the national series game and learn as much as we can to hopefully return fiercely competitive in 2019.”
While the Class A1 BMW M1 being fielded by Muller Motorsport has a successful past, being previously owned by Beric Lynton, Sydney born driver Tom Muller will be looking to add to the success alongside his 54-year-old co-driver, Shane Smollen.
The 18-year-old has a strong racing resume with podium finishes in both the 2013 NSW Excel series and Ipswich’s Dancing in the Dark Enduro in 2017.
Fresh from racing Porsche Carrera Cup in 2017, Muller’s co-driver Shane Smollen also brings a wealth of experience to the race, with the 2015 Australian Carrera Cup Challenge Class his latest victory.
“There are some extremely fast and talented drivers and cars in the A1 group this year which will certainly prove challenging, just how we like it,” Tom said.
“As far as Sandown goes, we have never competed there as a team, so we hope to adapt as quickly as possible for the best result.
“We will be tackling the Bathurst 6-Hour together first, which should be a good indicator for us as to where we will stack up against the others in our class for Australian Production Cars.
“We are eager to get the season started and are counting down the days until Round One. With the Bathurst 6 Hour looming, Sandown is sure to creep up on us, but our goal has always been to get ourselves there, work hard and have a good result.”
Muller Motorsport won’t be flying solo when they make their APC debut either, teaming up to fly under the wing of Fierce Racing in 2018 as one half of a two-car outfit.
“The two-car operation is being managed and sponsored by On Track Motorsport thanks to Garry Mennell and this has really been a very exciting time for the whole Muller Motorsport team,” Urs added.