PRIME MOTORSPORT READY FOR MRF TYRES APC ASSAULT

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Chris Holdt may be running solo in his new Prime Motorsport Astra HSV for the 2021 MRF Tyres Australian Production Cars (APC) opening round at Sydney Motorsport Park next weekend (May 1-2), but he plans to triple those efforts by season’s end.

The New Zealand-based driver and owner of the Gold Coast’s Prime Motorsport is currently looking for a driver for the Prime Motorsport VZ Clubsport which is ready to hit the track in Class B, and also has another VZ being built for Class B right now.

He plans to be running all three entries in the MRF Tyres APC by the time the 2021 series gets to its season finale at the Bathurst International later this year.

“We have an exciting season ahead. I will be running solo in Sydney, but we are looking forward to being joined by other drivers over the course of the season with our Class B car ready to go and another Class B car in the works,” Holdt explained.

“The car I will run next weekend is our new Astra which was intended to break cover during the 2020 season, but unfortunately COVID-19 delayed those plans.

“Instead, it made its debut at the Bathurst 6 Hour at Easter this year and so far, things are looking very promising, as it was running in the top three in its very competitive class before an intercooler issue threw a spanner in the works.”

If running all three cars becomes a reality for the Bathurst finale, Holdt plans to take those same entries to next year’s Bathurst 6 Hour.

“I was very pleased with the news about the 2021 MRF Tyres APC finale being at the Bathurst International. It will be excellent for us to go back to the Mountain – we love racing there and it will be awesome to have another chance to race there and hopefully get some silverware while we are there!” Holdt said.

“We really love the Australian Production Car Series and think it is important that it stays at the national level. It is a really great category with a great bunch of guys and girls to race with and we really enjoy it.”

Prime Motorsport debuted in the MRF Tyres APC during the 2019 season at the Queensland Raceway round with Holdt joined by Tom Needham in the Prime Motorsport Class D Mazda 3 SP23, with the team going on to claim the Class D title by the end of the season.

The team is supported by a range of sponsors, including Air and Allied Sales Pacific, Plant Doctor, Da Vinci Projects, Prestige Stripes and Signs, Trans Communications and Ford Escort Specialists.

“In 2021 we want to try and replicate the form we had in 2019 with the Mazda. We have our eyes on the Class C championship, and we want to try and place as high as we possibly can in the overall standings as well,” Holdt explained.

“I have never raced at Sydney Motorsport Park before so I am not sure how it will suit the Astra, but the car has been very competitive so far – so we will see when we get!

“After the intercooler issue at Bathurst, if we can finish all four races without any trouble that will be ‘tick number one’ achieved. To stand on the podium at the end of the weekend would be ‘tick number two.’”

Competitors interested in securing spots at 2021 MRF Tyres APC events across the year should contact Troy Williams on troy@onticsports.com.au.

The 2021 MRF Tyres APC season will be held over five rounds. Rounds one through four will be run as part of the Shannons Motorsport Australia Championships at Sydney Motorsport Park (May 1-2), Morgan Park Raceway (June 25-27), Sandown Raceway (September 10-12) and Tailem Bend Motorsport Park (October 15-17). The fifth and final round for the 2021 MRF Tyres APC Season will be held as part of the Bathurst International. All five rounds will consist of 4 x 30-minute races.

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 0483 035 466 or troy@onticsports.com.au

2021 MRF TYRES APC SEASON CONFIRMED DATES:

• Round 1: Sydney Motorsport Park – May 1-2

• Round 2: Morgan Park Raceway – June 25-27

• Round 3: Sandown Raceway – September 10-12

• Round 4: Tailem Bend Motorsport Park – October 15-17

• Round 5: Bathurst International – November 26-28