Sherrin brothers headline large APC/GT4 field

The Sherrin brothers headline a large entry list for the combined Mobil 1 Australian Production Cars (APC) and Monochrome GT4 Australia Series as teams make their way down to the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit next weekend.

Grant will return to the Island with a brand new Sherrin BMW M4 that clean-swept the non-competitive round in Bathurst earlier this year, while Iain will be running the team’s championship winning M4.

After sharing the reigns and finishing second in the standings last year, both drivers will be looking to take advantage of a title race that is wider open than ever.

An impressive 31 entrants are entered in the category, which boasts the largest field of the Shannons SpeedSeries categories.

Running simultaneously with APC, the GT4 series will field seven drivers in its first competitive outing at the world-famous circuit – up from the four that were entered at non-championship Bathurst round earlier this year.

Whilst featuring an exciting range of newcomers, returnees and plenty of class shakeups, all drivers will be looking to kick off their 2023 campaign on a high-note and continue to produce top-quality racing just like they have in previous years.

The series will be the first to hit the track on Friday morning for practice, before the afternoon qualifying session will set the tone for their four 30-minute races across the three days.

A1 contender Dean Campbell will return and try and repeat his class success in Bathurst, while Coleby Cowham and Lindsay Kearns return with the vengeance after narrowly missing out on the outright title back in 2019.

Last year’s APC Class D Champions, Amar Sharma and Daniel Natoli will make the step up to the A1 class behind the wheel of their newly purchased 2011 Audi TTRS, but the pair won’t be the only class champions making the step up as Class E victor, Allan Jarvis makes his Class C debut at the island as well.

Meanwhile, reigning A2 champion Chris Lillis will stay put as he attempts to start his season strong and go back-to-back in a new Holden SS Camaro.

The pairing of Tim and Jack Sipp will add some valuable experience to the grid, with Jack having recently competed in Super2 and the National Trans Am Series while Tim had a Bathurst 1000 start back in 2000.

Headlining the GT4 category is the Bathurst round winner Karl Begg, while his closest competitors Tony Quinn and Mark Griffith will also feature at the island with hopes to take that extra step on the podium.

Steve Jukes will be behind the wheel of the 2018 Liqui Moly Bathurst 12-Hour class winning BMW M4 GT4, whilst Shane Smollen, who is known for his Bathurst 6-hour win alongside Shane van Gisbergen makes the move to GT4.

Tickets for the third round of the Shannons SpeedSeries are still available via motorsporttickets.com.au.

For those who are unable to make the trip to Phillip Island, Stan Sport will provide live and uninterrupted coverage from most of Saturday and Sunday’s action, while 9Gem will also broadcast three hours of Saturday afternoon’s racing.

The new season of the Mobil 1 Australian Production Cars and Monochrome GT4 Australia Series kicks off at the Shannons SpeedSeries Phillip Island event on 12-14 May.