Production Car title back on track In Adelaide. A prestigious motor racing title returns to the track with the start of the first Australian Production Car Championship (APCC) in six years in Adelaide today. The APCC for popular roadgoing ...
Production Car title back on track In Adelaide.
A prestigious motor racing title returns to the track with the start of the first Australian Production Car Championship (APCC) in six years in Adelaide today.
The APCC for popular roadgoing sedans, hatchbacks and sports coupes succeeds the Australian GT Production Car Championship but, despite the name change, many of the drivers, cars and rules will be the same.
However, in a significant upgrade to make the series more relevant to motoring consumers and attractive to manufacturer entrants, cars will compete in three classes according to their performance potential rather than vehicle or engine type.
The outright winners of two races at the Clipsal 500 meeting are most likely to come from the V8 Holden Commodore SS of 2002 class champion Scott Loadsman or the Ford Falcon XR8 of John McIroy, which should use their power to advantage on the long straights of the Adelaide Parklands street circuit.
However, the championship's system of start handicapping based on qualifying times will assist less powerful car such as the Toyota Celica of 2002 outright champion Colin Osborne and Holden Astra of class champion Martin Doxey, both of whom have beaten the V8s.
"Thanks to some good handicapping, my little four-cylinder Astra beat the V8s last season and can do it again this year - although I'm not sure if Adelaide will be the place," Doxey said.
"Whoever wins, the handicapping system guarantees great racing as the big cars try to hunt down the smaller ones in the run to the finish and the fans love it because the cars we race are likely to be what they drive to work every day.
"I can't predict who will win this weekend. Adelaide is one of the most challenging tracks in the country and every car in the field will probably shine on some part of it.."
Round one of the 2003 Australian Production Car Championship will introduce a revised championship points system, awarding finishers up to 15th place and paying three points for pole position.
Adelaide also will kick off a new broadcast deal between APCC organiser PROCAR Australia and the Seven Network, which will see a total of 40 hours' television devoted to PROCAR categories and events this season.
TIMETABLE: Thursday - 9.00 am Practice (15 min.), 3.30 pm Practice (20 min.). Friday - 8.30 am Qualifying (20 min.), 4.50 pm Race 1 (8 laps). Saturday - 5.00 pm Race 2 (7 laps).
AUTOGRAPH SESSIONS: Production Car drivers will attend public autograph sessions in the Support Paddock at Adelaide Parklands on Saturday at 10.30 am.
TELEVISION: Channel Seven, Saturday 3 May, 12 noon - 1.00 pm (check local guides).