The Phillip Island Auto Racing Club (PIARC) has added an extra day of track activity to its already busy April Access program as it looks to include people of all levels in the event.
Scheduled at the iconic Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, the club was originally meant to run the event on just the second Saturday and Sunday of April but have since added a private practice day on the Friday.
The day will allow drivers with road, track and race vehicles to cut laps of the famous track, before the official meeting gets underway on Saturday with both the 2 Litre Sports Sedan Club and Hyundai Excel Racing Association of Victoria to enjoy qualifying and racing.
Also running on Saturday will be open practice sessions for PIARC supersprint entrants as they prepare for Sunday’s competition, while there will be driver familiarisation sessions throughout the day.
On Sunday, the Supersprint competitors get multiple sessions, as well as more races for the 2 Litre Sports Sedan classes.
Entries for all categories and competitions are open with interested individuals able to enter via the Motorsport Australia event entry program.
PIARC President Warren Reid believed that the success of the 2020 events were key in helping the club choose to expand their events this year.
“Access 2020 was a great moment for the club but more importantly the sport,” Reid said.
“The response from sprint competitors was great who enjoyed viewing the racing but were able to still get plenty of track time for themselves and sprints are a great way for people to start out on track.
“You don’t need a full blown race car , you compete at your pace, against yourself. We look forward to seeing full grids of sprint and race competitors enjoying April access.”
Vice President Nick Scarcella echoed Reid’s comments and was also looking forward to a bigger program next month.
“The idea of combining both sprints and races on the one program is not new to us at PIARC but adding a Friday for open practice is,” Scarcella added.
“Our club motto is ‘access to motorsport’ and giving people another day of access to one of the world’s great circuits is what we’re about.
“You don’t need to be competing in the sprint championship or racing in the 2 litre’s or Excels to enjoy the Friday, perfect practice for the upcoming state round and with restrictions being relaxed we look forward in seeing as many faces old and new over the three days.”
The PIARC April Access events takes place at Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit on 9-11 April.