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Mar 24, 2013

DES WALL TROPHY RACE SET FOR SPORTS SEDANS

THE Shannons Australian Motor Racing Nationals and Kerrick Sports Sedan Series will honour series great Des Wall with a tribute during today’s opening round of the season - and for years to come.

Wall, a former National Sports Sedan Champion and a much admired competitor for many years, passed away last year after a battle with cancer.

He won the Kerrick series in 2009 driving his Chevrolet Corvette – but is equally well known for dominating Sports Sedan racing in his iconic Toyota Supra throughout the 1990s.

Competitors in the Kerrick Sports Sedan series will contest the Des Wall Trophy Race this afternoon – the third race of the opening round each year to be maintained as a tribute to Des’ involvement and passion for Sports Sedan racing in perpetuity.

The front row of the grid will also be left free in tribute.

“We have been working with competitors and the management of the Kerrick Sports Sedan series to find the most appropriate way to remember Des and his fantastic and passionate involvement in Sports Sedan racing,” Shannons Nationals series Director Rob Curkpatrick said.

“From now on the third race of the first round of the year – wherever that may be held – will be run as the Des Wall Trophy race.

“Everyone loved Des’ and his involvement in the sport and this will be one of the big races of the year that everyone will try especially hard to win – and we think that would probably make Des pretty happy!”

Long-time Sports Sedan competitor Jeff Barnes is running Des’ former number - #38 – in tribute to his friend this weekend and also has a message of remembrance on the front of his iconic Pontiac Trans-Am.

All of today’s racing will be broadcast live via www.thenationals.com.au