The combined Mobil 1 Australian Production Cars and Monochrome GT4 Australia field are gearing up for one last hurrah, before joining Shannons SpeedSeries at Supercheap Auto Bathurst International in November.
The season finale is scheduled to unfold at the legendary Mount Panorama Circuit, marking its fifth inclusion on the SpeedSeries calendar this year.
Before they hit the track at Bathurst, there’s still some business to take care of when they participate in the Shannons Trophy Series at Shell V-Power Motorsport Park in just over two weeks’ time.
The South Australian enduro event will act as the penultimate round of the season, and is expected to set up an intriguing fight to the line in both the Production Cars and GT4 standings come November.
More than 20 teams are expected to compete in what will be its third endurance round of the year, with four one-hour races scheduled for the October meeting.
Shane Smollen has dominated GT4 so far this year, winning every round and firmly establishing himself as the leader in the standings and will this time be joined by Ricky Capo – who has spent part of this year competing in GT World Challenge Europe.
However, with four one-hour races on the horizon in South Australia, Mark Griffith will be poised to seize the opportunity and narrow the gap if Smollen happens to have a poor weekend.
Steve Jukes will also be determined to emerge as a strong contender ahead of the season finale, with a round victory at Tailem Bend potentially catapulting the Queenslander back into the title race.
In the APC class, the championship battle is shaping up to be a nail-biter, as Iain Sherrin maintains a 39-point advantage over his closest competitors, Coleby Cowham and Lindsay Kearns.
Both Sherrin and Cowham/Kearns have displayed their prowess in endurance races throughout the year, accumulating the highest total points after rounds at Sydney Motorsport Park and Queensland Raceway earlier in the season.
This sets the stage for what is likely to be a tightly contested two-way battle when November arrives. However, they must keep a watchful eye on the consistently competitive Grant Sherrin, who could pose a significant challenge. Additionally, the formidable pairing of Cameron Crick and Dean Campbell adds another layer of competition to the mix.
As it stands, the combined category is set to return to its standard format of four 30-minute sprint races when they hit the track at Mount Panorama, again adding a new dynamic to the title race.
Every competitor is anticipated to be in peak form, especially following their participation in a non-points-scoring round earlier this year at the Bathurst 6 Hour event, where the Sherrin brothers showcased their dominance in their BMW M4.
The combined Mobil 1 Australian Production Cars and Monochrome GT4 Australia will be one of seven exciting categories to join the bill at Mount Panorama this November, joining the likes of Kumho TCR World Tour and Supercheap Auto TCR Australia, National Trans Am Series, Kumho V8 Touring Car Series, Gulf Western Oil Touring Car Masters, Porsche Michelin Sprint Challenge Australia and International Open Wheel Cavalcade.
The penultimate round of the combined Mobil 1 Australian Production Cars and Monochrome GT4 Australia will take place at Shell V-Power Motorsport Park as part of Shannons Trophy Series on 13-15 October.
The final round will then take place at Supercheap Auto Bathurst International as part of Shannons SpeedSeries on 10-12 November.