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Jan 30, 2013

SHANNONS NATIONALS EVENT DETAILS CONFIRMED

The Shannons Australian Motor Racing Nationals has released the breakdown of each of its nine rounds scheduled for a busy 2013 racing season.

The series will continue to innovate with race formats, distances, times and class structures to continue to provide the most diverse and wide-reaching motorsport platform for competitors and fans to enjoy throughout the year – with the series to again race in four states and at seven circuits throughout the year.

The series has also announced today that three of the seven Australian Suzuki Swift Racing Series rounds would operate in conjunction with endurance events staged by the Australian Manufacturers Championship (Amchamp) throughout the season.

‘Endurance’ Suzuki Swift series rounds will be held at Phillip Island, Sydney Motorsport Park’s Australian Six-Hour and the season finale at Sandown Raceway, in November.

In a track-sharing agreement, the Swift Series will stage one-hour races within the first hour of the Amchamp races – operating as their own category and not as an AMC class.

Suzuki Swift competitors will then have the option to continue onwards within the Amchamp races to battle for their own class glory – with multiple drivers - should they desire.

This move towards more racing and track time for the growing one-make category comes after the Shannons Nationals announced a $50,000 competition for one driver to win a fully-funded drive in the series throughout 2013.

Multiple applications have been received by promoters with up to 10 drivers expected to be competing for one of the biggest prizes’ in Australian Motorsport.

New faces will also appear this season, the NSW-based PRB Motorsport series to tackle two rounds – at Sydney Motorsport Park and Phillip Island, respectively.

Two New South Wales categories will also race at the series’ October round at Wakefield Park Raceway near Goulburn, with final confirmation expected soon.

The Wakefield event includes the Kumho Tyres Australian V8 Touring Car Heritage round, plus has added firepower this year thanks to the addition of two, 200-km Amchamp races for the first time.

Night racing will return at Queensland Raceway and also Mallala – the South Australian circuit set to host a feature Kumho V8 Touring Car Series race under lights on Saturday night at the 2.6km circuit North of Adelaide.

A Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge race running into the twilight plus night-time Suzuki Swift Series and Australian Saloon Car action will also be part of a bumper program for the series annual Adelaide visit.

‘Marquee’ events are scattered throughout the 2013 Shannons Nationals calendar, with Mallala (Clem Smith Cup for Sports Sedans), Winton (Dial Before You Dig Trophy – for Saloon Cars) and Wakefield Park (V8 Touring Car heritage round) amongst other big events scheduled.

A blockbuster round at Queensland Raceway is also set to be a highlight, with no less than eight national categories scheduled to compete, including high profile acts like Australian GT, Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge, Formula 3 and the Kumho Tyres Australian V8 Touring Cars, amongst others.

The Shannons Nationals will release more news regarding to the Australian Six-Hour and the Australian Manufacturers Championship race formats in due course.

Every round of the 2013 Shannons Australian Motor Racing Nationals will be broadcast on SBS Speedweek and on SPEED TV Australia.

2013 Shannons Nationals Calendar – Round by Round

Round 1 – Sydney Motorsport Park (NSW) March 22-24

Dial Before You Dig Australian Saloon Car Series (Round 1)
Kerrick Sports Sedan Series (Round 1)
Kumho Tyres Australian V8 Touring Car Series (Round 1)
Australian Superkart Championship (Round 1)
Radical Australia Cup (Round 2)
PRB Motorsport Series

Round 2 – Mallala Motorsport Park (SA) April 19-21 *Includes Saturday Night Racing

Dial Before You Dig Australian Saloon Car Series (Round 2)
Kerrick Sports Sedan Series (Round 2) * Includes Clem Smith Cup
Kumho Tyres Australian V8 Touring Car Series (Round 2)
Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Series (Round 1) * Includes Jim Richards Endurance Trophy Race
Australian Swift Racing Series (Round 1)

Round 3 – Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit (VIC) May 24-26

Australian Manufacturers Championship (Round 1) * 4 Hour Enduro
Australian Swift Racing Series (Round 2) * within AMC 4 Hour Enduro
Radical Australia Cup (Round 3)
Australian GT Championship presented by Pirelli (Round 2)
PRB Motorsport Series

Round 4 – Winton Motor Raceway (VIC) June 21-23

Dial Before You Dig Australian Saloon Cars (Round 3) *DB4YD Saloon Car Challenge Event
Kumho Tyres Australian V8 Touring Car Series (Round 3)
Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Series (Round 3) * Includes Jim Richard Endurance Trophy Race
Australian Swift Racing Series (Round 3)

Round 5 – AUSTRALIAN 6 HOUR - Sydney Motorsport Park (NSW) July 12-14

Australian 6 Hour Endurance Race
Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Australia Series (Round 4)
Australian GT Championship presented by Pirelli (Round 3)
Radical Australia Cup (Round 4) *Radical Australia Cup 250
Australian Manufacturers Championship (Round 2) *3 Hour Endurance Race
Australian Swift Racing Series (Round 4) *within AMC 3 Hour Race
Formula 3 Australian Drivers Championship (Round 4)

Round 6 – Queensland Raceway (QLD) August 2-4 *Includes Saturday Night Racing

Dial Before You Dig Australian Saloon Cars (Round 4)
Australian Manufacturers Championship (Round 3) * 2x200km Races - ‘Fight in the Night’.
Kerrick Sports Sedan Series (Round 3)
Kumho Tyres Australian V8 Touring Car Series (Round 4)
Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge (Round 5) * Includes Jim Richards Endurance Trophy Race
Formula 3 Australian Drivers Championship (Round 5)
Australian Swift Racing Series (Round 5)
Australian GT Championship presented by Pirelli (Round 4)

Round 7 – Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit (VIC) September 20-22

Dial Before You Dig Australian Saloon Cars (Round 5)
Kerrick Sports Sedan Series (Round 4)
Kumho Tyres Australian V8 Touring Cars Series (Round 5)
Australian Superkart Championship (Round 2)
Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Series (Round 6)
Radical Australia Cup (Round 5)
Formula 3 Australian Drivers Championship (Round 6)

Round 8 – Wakefield Park Motor Raceway (NSW) October 18-20

Australian Manufacturers Championship (Round 4) * 2x200km Races
Kumho Tyres Australian V8 Touring Car Series Heritage Round
Radical Australia Cup (Round 6)
Australian Swift Racing Series (Round 6)
TBA x 2

Round 9 – Sandown Raceway (VIC) November 15-17

Dial Before You Dig Australian Saloon Cars (Round 6)
Australian Manufacturers Championship (Round 5) * 3 Hour Race
Australian Swift Racing Series (Round 7) * Within AMC 3 Hour Race
Kerrick Sports Sedan Series (Round 5)
Kumho Tyres Australian V8 Touring Cars Series (Round 6)
Formula 3 Australian Drivers Championship (Round 7)