Just a week on from when it was announced, expressions of interest in the 2021 MRF Tyres Australian Production Cars (APC) Grand Final at the Bathurst International are flying in and the first season passes have already been purchased.
Melbourne competitor Duane West was the first to secure one of the available season passes, which have been introduced to ensure regular APC competitors do not miss out on a grid spot at the Bathurst event (which has a grid capacity of 55) due to the anticipated high demand from Australia’s production car community.
West is planning on competing in at least four of the five scheduled MRF Tyres APC events for the year.
“We may miss the Adelaide event due to work commitments, but we are going to be running the rest of the season,” he explained.
“Obviously now that Bathurst is involved, we are going to have a crack at it – we haven’t been there yet, so it will be great to get some laps under my belt before next year’s six hour event.
“I think the season pass is a good idea, making it fair for those who are running all or most of the season to be able to make sure they can get a spot on the grid, as there are going to be a lot of people that want to come to that event that won’t run the rest of the year. If you are contending for an outright or class championship at that point in particular, you want to make sure you aren’t going to miss out!
“I expect there will more than likely be a full grid of 55 for the event, and we are really looking forward to it, as are our sponsors. The whole MRF Tyres APC calendar is looking really good, and it will be great to finish it off at Bathurst.”
After spending most of last year unable to compete due to COVID-19 restrictions, West says he and his team are ready and rearing to go this year.
“We have been spending a lot of time developing the car, it had a full rebuild over the COVID period when we weren’t allowed to go anywhere! So, it has had a good going over in the last 12 months and we have also put in new ‘motion control suspension’ thanks to Racing Shocks Australia, so it is ready for this season,” West explained.
“We ran it in the State Series at SMP under lights a few weeks ago and it ran really well, finishing second overall with a win in race two.
"With the new racing format in the MRF Tyres APC being the 30-minute races, I think that will be well suited to us. When we ran in the 2019 events, we were relatively quick early in the races but then would sort of drop off later on, so with the shorter formats and without the pit stops I think that should help us out a bit.
“Overall, I would say we are feeling pretty confident heading into the season – 2019 was really our first real hit-out and we only ran two rounds, and then we all know what happened in 2020. Before that we had only just finished developing the car.
“After all the work we have been doing over the last 12 months, we are feeling pretty comfortable with where we are at, and we would like to think we can be competitive and at the front this year.”
“As we make the final preparations for the season opener in a few weeks’ time, I would like to thank our sponsors KELAIR and Racing Shocks Australia for their support this year. Also my dad Neil who does all the work on the car; my mum, wife and children for their support; and my crew (Nick, George and Gerry) for all that they do. Motorsport is definitely a team sport that requires a lot of hands to make everything run smoothly over a race weekend. None of this would be possible without all of their support.”
Competitors interested in securing spots at 2021 MRF Tyres APC events across the year and/or the Bathurst International should contact Troy Williams on email@example.com.
The Bathurst International Round of the 2021 MRF Tyres APC Season will consist of 4 x 30-minute races. It will be the fifth and final round for the 2021 MRF Tyres APC Season, which will run as part of the Shannons Motorsport Australia Championships for rounds one through four 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).
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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