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Queensland Raceway ready for APS return
The GC Marine Australian Prototype Series returns this weekend, with the second round of the 2022 season to run at the revamped Queensland Raceway.
While the series was originally meant to hold the second round at Phillip Island in June, the cancelled event meant it was a slightly longer wait than first anticipated.
However, it’s far less of a wait between rounds compared to previous years and a solid 13 starters has been confirmed for this weekend.
For the first time in his career, JP Drake heads into an APS race weekend leading the series standings after winning the season opener at Sydney Motorsport Park in May.
Drake will be joined by many of his Jam Motorsport teammates for the round, including series regulars Mark Laucke of Laucke Flour Mills and Oracle and GC Marine’s Jason Makris.
Queensland Raceway has been good to Makris in recent years, with the Queenslander taking out the round back in 2019 when the series last raced at the circuit.
Jam Motorsport will also welcome back some of the series rookies fresh from their Sydney debuts, including GH Garage’s Dyson Song and Ready Set Reline’s Ryan Godfrey – the latter of which enjoyed a memorable debut in Sydney.
Rounding out the Jam Motorsport squad will be series debutant Terry Peovitis, who will be behind the wheel of a RFR F1000 during the weekend.
Peovitis won’t be the only driver to make his first appearance in the GC Marine Australian Prototype Series, with Team ASR’s Ash Samadi part of the Radical contingent.
Running a Radical SR3 RSX, Samadi will be one of six Radical drivers and one of two racing for Garth Walden Racing – the other being Bing Technologies’ Chris Perini, who has long been a front runner for the class.
Perini will likely face plenty of challenges from the likes of Radical Cup Australia young gun Elliott Schutte of Beyond Custom and VGW, First Focus’ Peter Carr and Medland Orthodontics’ Bill Medland.
Hughes Supercar Services’ Phillip Hughes rounds out the pool of Radical drivers, while Praga Racing ANZ’s Ricky Capo will be the one to watch this weekend after he enjoyed an impressive debut round at Sydney Motorsport Park in his Praga R1.
Throughout the race meeting, the series will have three practice sessions, one qualifying session and three races.
Starting on with the first practice session on Friday morning at 9:30am AEST, the Prototypes will have its second practice at 12:20pm before the final session at 4:25pm.
On Saturday, qualifying will start early at 8:40am, setting up the first race on the weekend at 12:25pm and competitors will be battling it out for the Jam Motorsport Pole Position – a nice financial boost at the South Australian store.
The second race will then start at 10:25am local time on Sunday before wrapping up early on Sunday afternoon with the final outing at 1:30pm.
Both race one and race three will be broadcast as part of the Shannons Motorsport Australia Championships’ coverage race on Stan Sport.
The GC Marine Australian Prototype Series’ second round takes place at Queensland Raceway on 5-7 August.
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