The Australian Motor Racing Series (AMRS) will welcome the MRF Tyres Australian Production Cars (APC) to its 2020 calendar, in an arrangement that will unify the production car community at a national level.
AMRS Series Manager Matt Baragwanath and APC Category Manager Iain Sherrin today announced the APC will visit the final four rounds of the 2020 AMRS at Sandown, Sydney Motorsport Park, Queensland Raceway and The Bend Motorsport Park.
The APC also announced race formats for the four events; Sandown and Sydney Motorsport Park will each consist of four one-hour races, while the Queensland Raceway event will feature the traditional, fan-favourite 300km “fight in the night” endurance race under lights on the Saturday evening, followed by a one-hour race on the Sunday. The season will conclude with a pair of 300km races at The Bend.
The winners of the deal will be APC competitors, who will enjoy generous track time across an assortment of venues, along with AMRS fans who will be treated to the spectacle of Australia’s highest level production car drivers and teams battling for glory.
A distinctive feature of the APC is its class structure, which opens eligibility to a wide variety of vehicles and allows cars with comparable performance levels to compete against one another.
Mr Baragwanath said the APC will be an exciting addition to the AMRS calendar.
“We’re thrilled Iain Sherrin has chosen the AMRS as a suitable platform to run the APC and it enables us to unify the production car racing scene at a national level,” Mr Baragwanath said.
“Iain has a deep passion for production car racing, which has been demonstrated by the successful national-level production car series he and his organisation have run for a number of years.
“The AMRS shares some core values with the APC, including an emphasis on competitor satisfaction, providing value for money in terms of track time and ensuring our events are professionally-managed.
“While we are able to provide event operations capabilities, Iain and his operations team will come to our events with a high level of category expertise specific to production car racing. By combining our knowledge across these areas, we will be able to host first-class production car races that will be enjoyable for the competitors and entertaining for our fans.”
Mr Sherrin said the 2020 APC calendar will deliver benefits for not only the competitors, but also their commercial partners.
“The second half of 2020 is set to be very thrilling indeed for the MRF Tyres APC and its competitors and supporters,” Mr Sherrin said.
“What we are bringing to the table is a unified national production car series taking in some of Australia’s best tracks with plenty of endurance-style track time, and all at a reduced price to competitors – what’s not to love?
“For these events in 2020 we will be able to offer dramatic entry cost savings to our competitors of at least 25 percent per event. In the light of growing concerns around entry costs in recent years, I know this will be very welcome news for our valued competitor base.”
2020 MRF Tyres Australian Production Cars Calendar
Round 1 – Sydney Motorsport Park, 6-8 March (4 x 1 hour races)
Round 2 – Sandown Raceway, 28-30 August (4 x 1 hour races)
Round 3 – Sydney Motorsport Park, 25-27 September (4 x 1 hour races)
Round 4 – Queensland Raceway, 23-25 October (1 x 300km race, 1 x 1 hour race)
Round 5 – The Bend Motorsport Park, 4-6 December (2 x 300km races)