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Mar 12, 2014

SPORTS RACERS SHUFFLE SCHEDULE

A LATE CHANGE to the Australian Sports Racer Series calendar has been confirmed by the Shannons Australian Motor Racing Nationals today.

Originally scheduled to commence at the season opener at Sandown on March 28-30, the Sports Racer category will instead now commence at Mallala in April with the Sandown round switched to Wakefield Park, in New South Wales, this October.

The decision to switch rounds was made to ensure competitor safety and equality following delays in securing stock of the series’ control Kumho tyre for competitors.

Though early plans had Sports Racer competitors utilising the same Kumho tyre as the Formula 3 Australian Drivers Championship, subsequent tests proved that the front tyre could not be safely fitted to some cars within the field.

Despite their best efforts, Kumho Tyres were unable to secure suitable replacement stock in time for the scheduled opening round; leaving competitors with options to either not compete, or run a potentially poorly-fitting front tyre.

Series administrators have taken the step address safety concerns and to ensure a level playing field for Sports Racer competitors by re-scheduling the opening round to Mallala, and replacing Sandown with Wakefield Park.

“Basically, some cars could run the 180-width front tyre used by the Formula 3 cars but some couldn’t,” Series Administrator Liam Curkpatrick explained.

“Kumho have a suitable replacement and will be bringing them into the country as soon as they can – but they couldn’t get them to Sandown in time for the series’ opening round with the Nationals.

“As such we took the decision to postpone the opening round to Mallala, and give everyone more time to get ready for what is shaping up to be an exciting first season for the series with the Shannons Nationals.

“It ensures equality amongst competitors, so no-one is forced to miss a round, and also shows that safety is paramount. We can’t wait to get the series’ started in April and join in with the Wakefield Park event this October.”

The Sports Racer category joins the Australian Motor Racing Nationals for the first time this year and bring their diverse mix of motorcycle engine powered, LeMans-style open top sports cars to the program.

The series provides an affordable platform for a wide-array of Sports Racing cars to compete.

Sandown’s season opener – the 75th Shannons Nationals round – remains a bumper program with the Sandown 3-hour Classic AMChamps race joined by the Formula 3 Australian Drivers Championship, Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge presented by Pirelli, Radical Australia Cup, Dial Before You Dig Super Six Touring Cars (Saloon Cars) and the Pirelli Australian GT Championship.

Round eight, at Wakefield Park, will now have its strongest ever program this October with the Sports Racers added to a program that already included the AMChamps, Kumho V8 Touring Cars, Super Six Touring Cars and Formula Ford.

The Shannons Australian Motor Racing National commences on the March 28-30 weekend at Sandown International Raceway in Melbourne’s inner-South Eastern suburbs.

All of the Sunday action will be streamed live on the internet via www.thenationals.com.au, with highlights later appearing on SBS Speedweek and SPEED TV Australia.