September 23, 2020

The MRF Tyres Australian Production Cars will continue on the Motorsport Australia/Shannons Motorsport Australia Championships program in 2021, category manager Ontic Sports has announced.

To facilitate its billing on the Shannons Motorsport Australia Championships programme, the MRF Tyres APC must evolve to a sprint-based racing format from 2021.

Dates and venues for 2021 are yet to be confirmed, but by virtue of being part of the Shannons Motorsport Australia Championships program, all rounds are expected to be held at premier tracks and supported by live free-to-air television coverage.

“Amidst all of the uncertainty and bad news of 2020, we are excited to be able to say that we are full steam ahead with our planning for the 2021 MRF Tyres Australian Production Cars season with Motorsport Australia,” Ontic Sports General Manager, Troy Williams, said.

“Given that we have been required to pivot to Sprint format events for the Shannons Motorsport Australia Championships programme, we are now also taking the opportunity to investigate other sprint format possibilities, such as those offered by the Repco Supercars Championship.

“All in all, 2021 is looking like a fantastic year ahead for the MRF Tyres APC and its competitors, with some very exciting events and opportunities coming up. I look forward to being able to share further details of our 2021 season when they become available.”

Earlier this year, the first round of 2020’s intended MRF Tyres APC season was successfully held as part of an Ontic Sports-run event at Sydney Motorsport Park in early March. Shortly after however, the impacts of COVID-19 put a halt to most national-level competition.

“As of today, with continuing border closures and uncertainty around the future impacts of COVID-19, no concrete plans are in place for further 2020 events for the MRF Tyres APC,” Williams said.

“Because of this, we regretfully announce that we have been forced to concede that in 2020, no MRF Tyres APC Championship will be awarded as we will not be able to meet the minimum requirements for a championship under our sporting regulations.

“However, this does not necessarily mean that all opportunities for racing for our competitors this year are lost.

“We know that Motorsport Australia and the management of the Shannons Motorsport Australia Championships are together working extremely hard to create opportunities for racing in late 2020.

“If such an opportunity with Motorsport Australia/the Shannons Motorsport Australia Championships does arise and our competitors are not prohibited by border closures and quarantine requirements from attending, we can assure you we will be looking to take advantage of that opportunity with a non-championship event.

“If this is the case, updates will be issued to our competitor base at the earliest possible opportunity to allow them the maximum amount of time to prepare.

“In the meantime, the Ontic Sports team would like to take this opportunity to thank our competitor group for their ongoing support and patience during what has been a very tumultuous year so far.

“Whether it is in 2020 or 2021, we very much look forward to once again welcoming competitors to the track for some great weekends of racing in the future.”

For more on the MRF Tyres APC, please visit www.australianproductioncars.com.au or www.facebook.com/AustralianProductionCars or contact Ontic Sports General Manager Troy Williams on 0458 035 466 or troy@onticsports.com.au