After competing in the first three rounds of the 2017 Australian Production Car Series in their Renault Megane, Blake and Kyle Aubin will front Phillip Island this weekend in a Renault Clio.
The change will also result in the pair switching classes, competing in class D in the penultimate round of the series.
“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 runs 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 duo 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 will hit the Phillip Island circuit as part of the penultimate round of the Shannons Nationals on 8-10 September.