- by APS MEDIA
Prototypes prepare for Phillip Island battle
The GC Marine Australian Prototype Series will now head to the world class Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit for its next round.
The visit to Phillip Island replaces the originally scheduled Sandown round which would have been part of the Shannons Motorsport Australia Championships. The Phillip Island round will still be held on the same weekend, taking place on 17-19 September.
The shift in venue will allow Prototypes competitors greater schedule flexibility, given the crowded nature of the Sandown event.
Following the Phillip Island event, the APS will re-join the Shannons Motorsport Australia Championships for another action packed weekend at The Bend on 15-17 October.
The category’s final round is still to be confirmed, with calendars remaining fluid in a disrupted 2021.
GC Marine Australian Prototype Series CEO Paul Trengove said the move to Phillip Island was a great opportunity for teams and competitors.
“Throughout 2021, we’ve had to be really adaptive and flexible and to the credit of all our competitors, they’ve been really supportive through some challenging times,” Trengove said.
“To be able to secure a round at the iconic Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit is certainly a bonus for us.
“While we would have been excited to be part of the Sandown event, we know the track time at that event will be limited given the curfews and other categories at the event. Instead, we can now look forward to seeing our drivers in action at Phillip Island, which is a circuit that really shows off the speed and agility of all cars across all classes.
“Phillip Island is a track with a lot of history and to be able to put our cars to the test on a circuit which suits our cars, with some incredible corner speeds. We know it will provide an enjoyable challenge for our competitors and make the most of our aero components and machinery.
“After our visit to the Island, we are then looking forward to getting to The Bend, a home track for many of our competitors, and a venue which also delivers some great racing.”
This means three more rounds are likely to make up the calendar in 2021, adding to the already completed event at Sydney Motorsport Park in May.
GC Marine Australian Prototype Series Calendar
Round 1: Sydney Motorsport Park, 1-2 May (completed)
Round 2: Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, 17-19 September
Round 3: The Bend Motorsport Park, 15-17 October
Round 4: TBC