Australian Production Car Championship

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Australian Production Car Championship
Category Production Car Racing
Country Australia
Inaugural season 1987
Drivers' champion Garry Holt
Makes' champion Mitsubishi
Official website amchamp.com.au
Motorsport current event.svg Current season

The Australian Production Car Championship is a CAMS sanctioned motor racing title for drivers of production cars, which must compete in close to standard specification. Since 2008 the title has been awarded to the most successful driver in the annual Australian Manufacturers' Championship series which runs on the Shannons Nationals Motor Racing Championships program.

History[edit]

Australian Production Car Championship cars competing in a 6-hour race at Sydney Motorsport Park.

The title was first contested in 1987, with the inaugural champion determined from the results of two races held at the Winton Motor Raceway in Victoria on 27 September. The APCC was expanded to a series format in 1988. Changes to the Group 3E regulations in 1990 saw various cars including turbocharged and V8 powered models deemed ineligible for the championship from that year. In 1994 and 1995, competitors were restricted to using only front wheel drive cars of less than 2.5 litre capacity. The introduction in 1996 of the Australian GT Production Car Championship (which permitted GT type cars such as Porsche 911 and Ferrari F355) saw the APCC discontinued from that year.

Following the transfer of the GT cars to the new Australian Nations Cup Championship in 2000 and the relocation of other high performance models into a new Australian GT Performance Car Championship in 2003, the Australian GT Production Car Championship reverted to the Australian Production Car Championship name for the 2003 season.

For 2008, the cars from the Australian Performance Car Championship joined those from the Australian Production Car Championship to contest the Australian Manufacturers' Championship.[1] with the Australian Production Car Championship title awarded to the highest scoring driver over the same series of races.[2]

Champions[edit]

Year Champion Vehicle
1987 Peter Fitzgerald Mitsubishi Starion Turbo
1988 Garry Waldon Mazda RX-7 Turbo
1989 Peter Fitzgerald Toyota Supra Turbo
1990 Kent Youlden Ford EA Falcon
1991 Kent Youlden Ford EA Falcon
1992 Terry Lewis Holden VP Commodore SS
1993 Mal Rose Ford EB Falcon SS
1994 Phil Morriss Nissan Pulsar SSS
1995 Harry Bargwanna Nissan Pulsar SSS
1996–2002 absorbed into Australian GT Production Car Championship
2003 Scott Loadsman Holden VX Commodore SS
2004 Chris Alajajian Subaru Liberty GT
2005 Colin Osborne Toyota Celica
2006 David Ryan Ford BF Falcon XR6 Turbo
2007 [3] Garry Holt BMW 335i
2008 Colin Osborne Toyota Celica
2009 Garry Holt BMW 335i
2010 Stuart Kostera Mitsubishi Lancer RS-Evolution X
2011 Stuart Kostera Mitsubishi Lancer RS-Evolution X
2012 Stuart Kostera Mitsubishi Lancer RS-Evolution X
2013 Garry Holt Mitsubishi Lancer RS-Evolution X

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "New era for Production Car racing to start at Phillip Island". The Shannons Nationals Motor Racing Championships. 12 June 2008. Archived from the original on 28 June 2008. Retrieved 18 June 2008. 
  2. ^ 2008 Australian Manufacturers' Championship Sporting Reg, retrieved on 19 June 2008
  3. ^ Shannons APCC 2007 Corrected Round Points APCC Outright Points score Production Car Association of Australia retrieved on 20 January 2008

References[edit]

  • Australian Auto Action, 9 October 1987
  • Australian Motor Racing Yearbook, 1987/88 to 1995
  • CAMS Manual of Motor Sport, 1987 to 2006

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