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Reigning Class B champions Sherrin Racing are set to debut a new BMW M4 to take on the challenges of the new Ford Focus RS, Mercedes Benz A45 AMG and the aging Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X.

Even though the Sherrin’s pair of 135i Class B cars were still competitive, the chance to upgrade was too good an opportunity said Team Manager Michael Sherrin.

“The two Sherrin Racing BMW 135is were no doubt still successful, but we were keen to give ourselves a makeover and make our move to Class A,” Sherrin said.

“After taking an extensive look at the other makes, we chose to stay with BMW and in doing so, the obvious choice was to go with the M4.

The team will focus most of the upcoming season developing the new M4 with Michael Sherrin stepping back to manage the team though he hasn’t ruled out putting the helmet back on for a couple of rounds.

“My sons Grant and Iain – the reigning Class B champions and the 2015 outright champs – will be driving the M4 at all rounds of the APC this year, kicking off with the Hi-Tec Oils Bathurst 6 Hour.

“We have sold the championship-winning #18, and David Ayres and I may do a round here or there in the #19 Sherrin Racing BMW135i, but I will be spending most of my time managing the team across 2017.

“Iain, David and I found ourselves on the podium of last year’s inaugural Hi-Tec Oils Bathurst 6 Hour, so we are pretty confident that with our new weapon we can find ourselves there again – it is safe to say we will be doing all we can to make sure that happens!”

The team are expected to face stiff competition throughout the six round national Australian Production Car Series, which starts off at Bathurst on April 14-16.