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Jul 27, 2013

BUMPER EVENT SET FOR QUEENSLAND RACEWAY

Queensland motorsport fans get double the dose of racing action at the Ipswich circuit – with the sixth round of the 2013 Shannons Australian Motor Racing Nationals to be held across the August 2-4 weekend – just one week after the V8 Supercars annual trip.

The Shannons Nationals return to QR is being billed as one of the largest national race meetings to be held at the circuit – with a record breaking eight national level race categories and more than 150 competitors set to race across the three days.

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The bumper program includes night racing on Saturday evening and racing that includes everything from one-make Suzuki Swifts to million-dollar GT exotics, ‘wings and slicks’ open wheelers to mighty V8s - and everything in between.

Saturday’s schedule in particular is nirvana for racing fans; kicking off at 8am and not finishing until well after 9pm.

The joint headlining categories for the event include the third round of the Australian Manufacturers championship (AMChamps) series, and the fourth outing of the ever-growing Kumho V8 Touring Car series; for ex-V8 Supercars.

The AMChamps series – pitting production based vehicles head to head across two, 200-km races – will feature a return of the ‘Fight In the Night’ format; Queensland Raceway to be illuminated by temporary lighting on Saturday night.

Following a 40-minute Australian GT Championship race and a 30-lap Porsche GT3 Cup twilight encounter, the Production Cars will fight for 200km under lights in an endurance event that commences well after dark.

The Kumho V8 Touring Cars return to Queensland Raceway this year with a bigger field and the most competitive title battle the series has witnessed yet; just 19 points separating series leader, Queenslander Shae Davies, and his challengers – former series champions Terry Wyhoon and Tony Evangelou.

Davies (Driving an ex-Ford Performance Racing Falcon) is yet to win a Kumho series round but his speed and consistency has seen him hold the title lead for the past two events.

Evangelou won the series’ most recent round at Winton, driving his ex-FPR / Jason Bright Falcon, resplendent in its original CAT livery that it utilised when it ran in the V8’s ‘main game’. Young gun Ryan Simpson looks another contender for Queensland victory, having made his series debut at Winton driving an ex-Craig Lowndes / Triple Eight Ford Falcon.

Amongst the competitive 22-car grid (up from 16 last year), the field also includes Gold Coast businessman Maurice Pickering (Finance Ezi Racing), Brisbane frontrunners Morgan Haber and Nathan Assalit, plus Mackay’s Justin Garioch.

Australia’s fastest racing cars, the Formula 3 weapons that contest the Australian Drivers Championship for the CAMS Gold Star, returning to QR with the Shannons Nationals next weekend in the midst of a highly competitive title fight.

Former series champion and Queensland winner, Tim Macrow, currently leads the standings however it’s a pair of ‘local’ drivers who are leading the charge to catch the 2007 series winner.

Mareeba (near Cairns) driver John Magro won the most recent F3 round in Sydney and sits second in the championship, whilst Brisbane driver Nick Foster sits third driving the only French-built Mygale chassis in the field. The three are split by less than 20 points with three rounds remaining.

The Formula 3 field is packed with local talent; Brisbane locals Hayden Cooper and Arrie Maree, plus Toowoomba driver Ben Gersekowski all keen to represent their home state at their home track.

F3 cars now lap within one second of the Queensland Raceway outright lap record, and with the series having broken existing benchmarks at three of the four rounds held so far this year the QR record could also tumble next weekend.

The packed program includes the prestigious Pirelli Australian GT Championship – where Mercedes Benz takes on Ferrari, Lamborghini, Audi, Porsche and more – and the one-make Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge presented by Pirelli.

The close competition of the one-make Suzuki Swift Racing series returns, as does the 700hp thunder of the Kerrick National Sports Sedan Series – bringing the fastest ‘tin-tops’ back to QR.

The competitive Holden-versus-Ford battle of the six-cylinder Dial before you Dig Australian Saloon Car series will also take to the track – completing the most diverse program of race categories assembled in the 70-round history of the Shannons Nationals.

Weekend passes are sensational value at just $40 (purchased at the gate) with kids under 12 admitted free on all days.

Saturday ($30) and Sunday ($40) only passes are also available, whilst Friday access is free.

For those who can’t make it to the circuit, all of Sunday’s racing action will be streamed live and FREE on the internet via the National website, whilst all the racing will be covered in subsequent weeks on SBS Speedweek and SPEED TV Australia.

A full event program, plus entry lists and a rundown of the weekend’s action is available at www.thenationals.com.au