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May 4, 2015

TWO DAYS OF COVERAGE CONFIRMED FOR PHILLIP ISLAND

LIVE, FREE online coverage will feature on both days of the second round of the Shannons Australian Motor Racing Nationals this May.

The massive round at the famous Phillip Island Grand Prix circuit includes marquee endurance races on both Saturday and Sunday, with all the action on both days to be available live through thenationals.com.au and the MotorsportsTV app for iPhone and Android platforms.

Saturday’s program includes the 101-lap Australian GT Championship endurance race and the first of two Porsche Carrera Cup Pro-Am enduros, plus the opening races for the Formula 3 Australian Drivers Championship and Australian Formula Ford series.

Sunday includes the AMChamp Great Southern Four-Hour, the second Carrera Cup Pro-Am and more sprint racing from Formula Ford and F3.

Click here for all the round two information, schedules, entry lists and more!

Highlights from every category present will be broadcast on Speedweek in the weeks following the round on SBS One and SBS HD, with replays also scheduled for FOX Motorsports.

The post-produced coverage will also introduce aerial coverage for the first time at a Shannons Nationals round, a remote-controlled drone camera set to capture the sensational views in and around the Phillip Island circuit while following the racing.

The Phillip Island 101 marks the only time that the Australian GT Championship will compete at a Shannons Nationals round this year and is set to be a must-see for fans of GT racing in Australia.

A massive field of top-flight GT3 machinery is expected to compete in the two-driver affair that last year produced a thrilling, down-to-the wire battle between Erebus Motorsport racer Jack LeBrocq and Garth Tander, driving Tony Quinn’s Aston Martin.

Tander hunted down and passed LeBrocq within the final two laps to snare a stunning victory.

The pair of Carrera Cup Pro-Am races were also full of drama in 2014, Saturday’s bruising affair witnessing only 10 of the initial 20 starters finish the one-hour affair, won by Craig Baird and Max Twigg.

The Sunday race was snared by Shane Smollen and Nick Percat, the Holden V8 Supercar driver edging out Scott McLaughlin for the win after a close fight to the line.

McLaughlin and Stephen Grove won the round in their Grove Group Porsche.

A host of V8 Supercar stars are again expected to be present this year amongst the Carrera Cup and GT grids, adding to the depth of talent.

Last year’s Great Southern Four Hour AMChamp race was another to go down to the wire, Bob Pearson and Glenn Seton holding out the charging BMW 1M of Beric Lynton and Tim Leahey by just 1.2 seconds after 121 laps (539km) of racing.

Four cars finished on the lead lap with brothers Grant and Iain Sherrin (BMW) and father-son combination of Robert and Shane Marshall within sight of the leaders at the line.

The Shannons Nationals pair of top-level open wheel categories, Formula 3 and Formula Ford, will both return to the track for the first time since the opening round at Sandown in late March.

The Shannons Nationals event at Phillip Island will be contested across the May 22-24 weekend with tickets available at the gate.

Saturday admission is $20 (concession $15), Sunday $30 (Concession $25) with a weekend pass just $35. Kids under 16 will be admitted for free.