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Oct 8, 2013

2014 SHANNONS NATIONALS CALENDAR CONFIRMED

THE SHANNONS Australian Motor Racing Nationals has today announced a nine-round racing calendar for the 2014 season.

The Nationals were founded in 2006 as a viable, cost-effective place for national-level racing categories to compete and in 2014 will enter their ninth season, now firmly established and growing rapidly.

The series mixes the most diverse array of categories in Australian Motorsport with open wheelers, touring cars, GT cars, production-based vehicles and open-top sports racing cars amongst the slate of top-level categories included.

The series will welcome eleven national-level race categories next season, across nine rounds held at seven circuits and in four states. All rounds will feature live and free internet streaming coverage on the Sundays, with more than 100 hours of post-produced television airing on SBS and SPEED TV Australia.

The 2014 season will see the first and last rounds switching between Victoria and New South Wales, with the season to open at Melbourne’s Sandown Raceway to capitalise on the significant month of motorsport in Melbourne at the time.

Work is already underway to capitalise on the presence of the Australian Grand Prix and Phillip Island Historic event to build the series opener into another ‘major’ motorsport event for Melbourne that month.

The finale’ will switch to Sydney Motorsport Park, in Sydney’s west, in early November.

Remaining rounds will continue to include Mallala in South Australia, two visits to Phillip Island, Winton, Wakefield Park, Queensland Raceway and a second stop at Sydney Motorsport Park in the now traditional July date.

Three new categories will join the Shannons Nationals next year; including Australian Formula Ford for four rounds, with two new additions to be announced in due course.

The Australian GT Championship has confirmed their return to two Shannons Nationals events, the season-opener at Sandown and a 101 lap endurance spectacular at Phillip Island in May.

The Shannons Nationals will announce round formats within the next month.

“We are pleased with the way the 2014 calendar has come together, it offers the usual stability and consistency for our competitors but offers a few strategic changes to the start and conclusion of the season,” said Shannons Nationals Series Director Rob Curkpatrick.

“As predicted, we will start the year in Melbourne to capitalise on the fact that Victoria is the motor sport capital of Australia for most of March. We have several ideas planned to make Sandown a major event and a major kick-off for the new season.

“Ending the year in Sydney will be a boost for our competitors and works well with our friends at Sydney Motorsport Park, who are increasing their efforts in promoting Shannons Nationals rounds at their circuit.

“The clashes with two V8 Supercars rounds were basically unavoidable given the fact they now have 15 of their 16 events in Australia. It makes the calendar very crowded and some clashes could not be avoided – but there will be minimal impact on the series or the categories involved.

“We have a group of eleven categories, including several new additions, on our program next year and we are well advanced in sorting out who goes where. Where traditionally we have had one or possibly two ‘quiet’ rounds per year, it looks like we’re going to have nine very full race meetings next season which is great for our fans, competitors, sponsors and TV viewers.”

2014 Shannons Australian Motor Racing Nationals - Calendar

1.            March 28-30                         Sandown Raceway                        VIC
2.            April 25-27                           Mallala Raceway                            SA
3.            May 23-25                           Phillip Island GP Circuit                  VIC
4.            June 13-15                          Winton Motor Raceway                   VIC
5.            July 11-13                            Sydney Motorsport Park                 NSW
6.            August  8-10                        Queensland Raceway                     QLD
7.            September 19-21                  Phillip Island GP Circuit                  VIC
8.            October 17-19                      Wakefield Park Raceway                NSW
9.            October 31-Nov 2                 Sydney Motorsport Park                   NSW