Dec 20, 2013
FACELIFT IN STORE FOR KEY SHANNONS NATIONALS CATEGORIES
OLD AND NEW Shannons Nationals categories alike will get a facelift and an image change ahead of the 2014 season, commencing at Sandown next March.
The ever-popular Australian Saloon Car Series will change its title to the ‘Australian Super Six Touring Car Series’, to reflect the beginning of a new era that will see next-generation cars introduced into the series throughout the year.
The series rebranding also brings the category into line with the ever expanding V8 Touring Car Series – giving the Nationals both six and eight-cylinder Touring Car competition between Holden and Ford across the series’ nine rounds next year.
Dial before You Dig will continue to sponsor the Super Six series as with all existing partners and the series has introduced a slick new logo and branding to coincide with the name change.
Despite the change of title, the Super Six Touring Cars will continue to foster an extremely close relationship with state-based Saloon Car competition for the long term, with the cars continuing to be log-booked as Group 3K Saloon Cars.
VZ Holden Commodores and BA Ford Falcons will be gradually introduced into the series throughout 2014 with testing of prototype vehicles scheduled to commence in the new year.
“The Super Six Touring Cars represent one of the strongest ‘core’ Shannons Nationals categories and that will continue well into the future,” series manager Liam Curkpatrick explained.
“The change of brand is representative of the changes underway in the series as it moves into its next generation.. But with guys like Matt Palmer, Simon Tabinor, Shaun Jameson and others moving from Saloon Cars into the V8 Touring Cars, it made sense from a positioning point of view.
“The series has inadvertently become something of a feeder category for the V8’s, giving people a chance to learn the cars and tracks before stepping into something more powerful. At the same time, though, it stands on its own as a very successful series in its own right with sensational racing and very close competition.
“With entry fees remaining the same as 2013, we see no reason why that will change in the new year.”
The Super Six Touring Cars will tackle a six round national series in 2014, racing at Sandown, Mallala, Winton, Queensland Raceway, Phillip Island and Wakefield Park.
The Winton ‘Dial Before You Dig Challenge’ endurance round will continue.
Meanwhile, the Shannons Nationals has also detailed key details surrounding two key series set to make a big impression in the new year.
The Australian Manufacturers Championship successfully underwent a rebuilding phase throughout 2013 and will consolidate in 2014 with another endurance-based calendar.
The five-round calendar will feature one three-hour race at Sandown Raceway, the Great Southern Four Hour at Phillip Island plus the brand new Sydney Motorsport Park Australian Four Hour, in July.
The three ‘long distance’ events will form their own mini title in the form of the Australian Endurance Championship (AEC) next year.
The ‘Sprint’ rounds at Queensland Raceway and Wakefield Park will each feature a pair of 200km races, with Queensland’s Saturday race once again to be held under lights.
AMChamps organisers have also announced several key details relating to the series structure, including an increase in the vehicle price cap, from $125,000 to $150,000.
The debut of the Australian Sports Racer Series on the Shannons Nationals program next year will see the category tackle five rounds.
The Shannons Nationals will oversee the category’s debut at a fully national level next year, with Liam Curkpatrick assuming management duties – though existing management and series ownership remain heavily involved.
The Sports Racer series will announce both control fuel and tyre suppliers prior to the commencement of the 2014 series.