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Sep 10, 2015

BIGGEST NATIONALS ROUND OF 2015 SET FOR PHILLIP ISLAND

MORE THAN 160 entries of all shapes and sizes will make round six of the 2015 Shannons Australian Motor Racing Nationals an enormous ‘festival of Motorsport’ at the Phillip Island Grand Prix circuit next week (September 18-20).

The second visit of the year to the stunning 4.46km circuit in Victoria’s South East is set to be the largest Shannons Nationals round of the season, thanks in part to season-high numbers for several core Nationals categories and a bumper eight-category program.

The 161 entries received tops the previous season best of 137, received at the previous round at Queensland Raceway, as the largest round of the year so far.

The 25-race, eight-category Phillip Island program includes Karts, open-wheel / ‘wings and slicks’ racers, Sports Cars, GT vehicles, classic sports cars, one-make racing and classic all-aussie, Holden-v-Ford battles featuring six and eight-cylinder powered cars.

Tickets will be available at the gate and start at $20 for Saturday, $30 for Sunday or just $35 for a two-day weekend value pass.

A 30-car entry from the Dial before You Dig Australian Super Six Touring Car series is only beaten by the 33-entries nominated by Superkarts Australia for their second and final round of the 2015 national championship.

The Super Six grid will surely produce spectacular racing and is the strongest the series has assembled in several seasons.

Returning to challenge runaway series leader Gavin Ross and the dominant Ben Grice – who has won the last two rounds and six straight races – include double champion Simon Tabinor, speedy Victorian and Bathurst Saloon Car winner Travis Lindorff, West Aussie ace and V8 Ute race winner Grant Johnson and South Australian Saloon Car star, Wayne King.

A 26-strong combined grid of ‘classic’ Porsche’s racing in the IROC Challenge is a record for the still-new category, buoyed by the addition of 15 entries from Victoria’s ever-popular Porsche 944 series.

Meanwhile, 23 cars will tackle the penultimate round of the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge presented by Pirelli in a massive weekend for fans of the German sports car marque.

A strong 17-car Kumho V8 Touring Car Series grid continues that series’ strong season in the midst of a compelling championship battle between teenage rising stars, Alex Rullo and Liam McAdam.

The Australian Formula 3 Championship, Radical Australia Cup and Australian Sports Racer Series also feature on a bumper 25-race program across 19-20 September.

Head to the Phillip Island round page to check out the full entry lists.