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Oct 9, 2013

SPORTS RACER SERIES TO JOIN SHANNONS NATIONALS IN 2014

A SECOND Sports Car category will join the Shannons Australian Motor Racing Nationals in 2014.

The fledgling Australian Sports Racer Series will join the Nationals for a five-round series next year, adding a diverse mix of prototype-style race cars to the expanding group of categories already on the Nationals program.

The Sports Racers will compliment the increasingly strong Radical Australia Cup series that has become a major part of the Shannons Nationals across the last two seasons.

The Sports Racer category was launched at the Clipsal 500 in 2010 and has grown its own National series in recent years, running primarily as a support to selected Australian Superbike Championship events and at their own stand-alone rounds.

Next year the series will compete at the Sandown, Mallala, Phillip Island, Winton and Sydney Motorsport Park rounds of the Nationals.

The Sports Racer mixes a group of diverse chassis all powered by motorcycle-based engines – Kawasaki and Suzuki the predominant choice amongst most competitors. The engines run to more than 13,000 rpm. Chassis brands competing include the US-built Stohr and West chassis, plus the South African based Speads, amongst others.

Shannons Nationals series director Rob Curkpatrick said the Sports Racer Series will be able to grow its profile with the series next year.

“We are very pleased to welcome the Sports Racers series to the Nationals next year. The have been working diligently to build their series to a point where they are now getting 12-15 cars per round. We’re pleased to work with them to take the step up to a fully national level and the raise in profile and awareness that comes with it.

“Sports Racers offer a different style of sports car racing compared to the Radical Australia Cup and we think they will complement each other really well – and it fits with our suite of Touring Car, Production Car, GT, Open wheel and Sports Car categories that give the Shannons Nationals the most diverse racing program in Australian Motorsport”

For more information about the Australian Sports Racer Series, visit www.sportsracer.com.au