Car switch for Aubins at the Island
After competing in the first three rounds of the 2017 Australian Production Cars in their eye-catching chrome Renault Megane, Blake and Kyle Aubin will switch to the Renault Clio of APC regulars Carly and Barry Black.
The car switch also means a class switch for the brothers from Bathurst, moving across to Class D for this weekend’s penultimate round of the season which will host four hours of racing at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit across September 8-10.
“Unfortunately, we could not make the Queensland round in August due to a few issues with the car and we also had most of our pit crew unavailable – it was all just really bad timing and it was a huge disappointment for us as we had been extremely excited about racing at QR under lights!” Blake Aubin said.
“Carly and Barry Black have kindly offered us their car which they ran in the series in 2016. As a Renault Clio run in Class D, this will be something different for us and learning the track and the car is sure to be challenging yet also very enjoyable – especially as we are going to Phillip Island.
“The only thing we have ever raced is our Megane, so we are going to learn so much over the weekend and are really looking forward to the challenge.”
This weekend will also see the pair try their hand at another first – racing interstate.
“This will be the first time racing interstate for both Kyle and I. We are really excited for the trip and to experience a new circuit,” Blake said.
“We are keenly watching YouTube videos and are looking forward to walking the track when we arrive there later this week before getting down to the business of actually venturing out onto the black stuff.
“This weekend we will be representing our local sponsors once again in John Davis Motors, McDonald’s Bathurst, the Bathurst RSL and 7/11, so as always we will be striving for the best possible result: a class win.
“It will be extremely tough being a new circuit and a new car, but four hours is a long time to go racing and anything can happen.
“We will also welcome a new pit crew this weekend from Shawn Marks Automotive – we are excited to have the guys onboard and hopefully to working with them into the future.”
The Aubin brothers and the rest of the Australian Production Cars field will hit Phillip Island Grand Prix circuit this weekend (September 8-10) for what is the penultimate round of the 2017 APC season.
Spectator access on Friday is free, and only $20 for Saturday or $30 for Sunday admission – a weekend pass is also available for $35.00. Children aged under 15 gain free admission. All of Sunday’s action will be streamed online live and free via thenationals.com.au