APC sees modest, but strong field for Sandown season opener

The Australian Production Cars (APC) will welcome some big names for its opening round at Sandown international Raceway this weekend as the Shannons SpeedSeries opens its 2024 campaign.

Headlining the entry list will be defending outright champion Iain Sherrin, who will be looking to start his title defence with an overall round win at Race Sandown.

Sherrin will have Sherrin Rentals teammate and last year’s Class X runner-up Grant Sherrin to contend with, as well as class debutants Dean Campbell and Cameron Crick in their brand-new DA Campbell Transport BMW M2 and 2023 Hi-Tec Oils Bathurst 6 Hour winners Simon Hodges and Jayden Ojeda, who will be behind the wheel of the Secure Wealth Advisors BMW M4.

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Other notable entries include Chris Lillis and Nathan Callaghan in the Cachet Homes Chevrolet Camaro and Chris Sutton in the 321 Motorsport Mitsubishi Evo X – both of whom headline the A1 and A2 classes.

In Class D, David Bailey, will make his long awaited return to the series after many years on the sidelines and will have Matt Thewlis alongside him in the Tongarra Rd Preschool and Early Learning Centre Mini Cooper S R56.

General Manager of APC category manager, Production Car Racing Ltd, Troy Williams was looking forward to the category putting on a big show in its opening round, despite a smaller entry list than what is anticipated for the rest of the season.

“Across the board last year, Australian Production Cars consistently fielded the largest grids of the Shannons Speed Series events, even when you factor out the GT4 racers that shared the grid with us, and we expect that to still be the case in 2024 once we get past this earlier than usual start and we have our regulars coming back online,” Williams said.

“In the meantime, the APC field for Sandown may be modest, but it sure is mighty, and we can’t wait to see what our racers have in store for us this weekend.”

Australian Production Cars will have four 30-minutes races across the weekend, with three of them to form part of the live and free 7plus stream on Saturday and Sunday, while race three on Saturday afternoon will feature via the free-to-air coverage on 7plus.

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Race Sandown takes place at Sandown International Raceway on 9-11 February.