AUSTRALIAN PRODUCTION CARS ENTER NEW ERA IN 2022

By Rhys Vandersyde

A new category management rights holder and a choice of tire brands headline a new era for the Australian Production Cars series in 2022.

Troy Williams’ Production Car Racing Pty Limited has taken over the rights for the series from Iain Sherrin and Ontic Sports.

“It has been a big six years since Ontic Sports took over the category management for the Australian Production Cars, and now is the right time to hand over the reins to Troy who has done such a great job since late 2020 as Ontic Sports’ General Manager,” Sherrin said.

“It has sure been a journey since we re-launched the Series in time for the 2016 season, and I would like to thank Motorsport Australia as well as all of the Teams, competitors, sponsors, tracks, officials, volunteers and suppliers for their support over the last six years.”

“I now look forward to seeing the series as it evolves again in the coming years.”

Williams is a familiar face for the competitors having managed the series on behalf of Sherrin since September 2020 as the General Manager for Ontic Sports.

“I have greatly enjoyed working with Iain as the General Manager of Ontic Sports since late 2020, managing the APC on Ontic’s behalf, and I am sure Iain will enjoy the additional time to focus on family and other projects,” said Williams.

“The Production Car Racing organization is thrilled to be taking the reins – while there is a new category management company name on the forms, it will be business as usual for our stakeholders as they have all been dealing with me for quite some time now already .

“We have some exciting things happening in 2022 – a return to endurance racing, a Bathurst season Finale and the introduction of a tire panel which I believe will be well received. Also, I am looking forward to announcing a fantastic new naming rights partner in the near future.

“With five rounds on the calendar, things are looking great for 2022 and we can’t wait to get back into racing!”

In addition to the change of management, the series will also revert back from the control tire format.

At all rounds, competitors will be able to choose the brand of tire they wish to use from a set tire panel, with regulations and classes aligning to the Bathurst 6 Hour, and recommendations from the National 3rd Committee.

The tire panel for 2022 will feature Yokohama, Dunlop, Hankook and MRF Tyres.

Australian Production Cars series also took the opportunity to announce a five-round calendar for 2022.

The first four rounds for the series will feature as part of the Shannons Motorsport Australia Championships, while a fifth and final round will be held as part of the Bathurst International.

The rounds will feature various race formats as follows, with all events able to be contested by solo drivers or teams of multiple drivers:

Round 1 – Sydney Motorsport Park – May 27-29 – two x 30-minute races, 1 x 300km race
Round 2 – Phillip Island – June 25-26 – four x one-hour races
Round 3 – Queensland Raceway – August 5-7 – two x 30-minute races, 1 x 300km race
Round 4 – Tailem Bend – October 21-23 – four x one-hour races
Round 5 – Mount Panorama – November 11-13 – four x 30-minute races

For more of the latest motorsport news pick up the current issue of Auto Action.

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