The obvious choice – the V8 Superlaps NSW Production Touring Car Championship, of course.
NSWPTC’s own Brian Anderson is someone who’s raced his BMW E46 M3 in both series’, with only subtle differences and changes required to be undertaken, in order to meet the respective series’ rules and regulations.
A scheduling clash prevented the running of last year’s two-hour enduro at Wakefield Park in Goulburn – a race that was set to be contested by both categories, in a combined sports and production car special event.
Fast forward eight months, and due to unforeseen circumstances, the MSC series has ceased to exist, and while that is sad news for all involved, the NSWPTC is the beneficiary, as two cars from that series have converted to the CAMS sanctioned series, and will join a record field at Sydney Motorsport Park this weekend.
Both Silvestro and Allen will race a BMW in this weekend’s round at Sydney Motorsport Park – an event which has attracted 40 entries, across nine different manufacturers and seven different classes.
Richard Allen’s BMW will be one of two on the grid from the Hunter Pacific Racing stable, with Phillip Allen in the second car.
Allen’s hasn’t raced in quite some time. An engine failure during the second round of the 2014 MSC series forced him to sit out the remainder of that season. He also missed the 2015 Modern Sports Cars series – a personal Holiday and other commitments left him unable to be on-track in any of the three rounds.
This weekend will be a test for Allen. Not only returning to racing, but racing in a field of 40-cars. There’s no doubt that qualifying will be critical, as all drivers, not just Allen, try to find some clear track – which isn’t easy in that size a field.
A poor qualifying result could leave some drivers fighting for position in what is sure to be a congested mid-pack in the opening race on Saturday afternoon.
This meeting will be something new for Sam Silvestro as well. In recent times, Silvestro upgraded from his trusty Mazda MX5, to the BMW M3 he enjoys driving now. He contested the 2015 Modern Sports Car series in that car, and will now find himself more familiar with it’s drive and handling, to have a crack at class honours at Sydney Motorsport Park.
Racing commences Saturday afternoon, with Practice on Friday, and Qualifying at around 9:20am on Saturday.