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Nov 9, 2015

DECADE OF NATIONALS COMPETITION TO CONCLUDE IN STYLE THIS WEEKEND

AUSTRALIAN MOTORSPORTS championship season will continue to ramp up when Sydney Motorsport Park hosts the final round of the 2015 Shannons Australian Motor Racing Nationals this weekend.

The round will also mark the conclusion of the 10th Shannons Nationals season – one that has provided all the excitement, close racing, unpredictable results and drama that has become the norm.

The final round of this year’s eight-round national tour includes six national-level categories with several major series’ champions yet to be decided.

The fight between Holden and Ford in the Kumho V8 Touring Cars – for ex-V8 Supercars – is set to be a highlight with 52 points spitting series leader Liam McAdam (Eggleston Motorsport Holden) and Alex Rullo (MW Motorsport / Performance West Ford) ahead of their final three races.

Rullo, a 15-year-old teenager from Perth, had closed to within a handful of points of early leader McAdam before a momentum shift at their recent Phillip Island round saw the advantage handed back to the Holden driver.

Should the 18-year-old Queenslander seal the title it would be back-to-back titles for the Eggleston Motorsport squad – having won the Kumho series with Justin Ruggier twelve months ago.

It won’t just be the battle for the outright crown that features – privateer rivals Jim Pollicina and Steve Briffa tied on 305 points each and equal third in the standings.

As the Kumho racers sprint to the line, the Australian 4 Hour enduro will decide the Australian Manufacturers Championship for Production Cars on Sunday afternoon, bringing down the curtain on the season.

Four AMChamp class champions will be crowned this weekend (November 13-15), with Beric Lynton (Class A), the Sherrin brothers Grant and Iain (Class B), Jake Camilleri (Class C) and the Pedders Racing duo of Andrew Turpie and Grant Phillips (Class D) leading the way. The Sherrins are also leading the outright title points, ahead of Lynton’s BMW.

A unique two-day format will greet competitors contesting the final round of the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge presented by Pirelli: the Porsche pack taking in practice on Friday and then qualifying and three sprint races on Saturday.

Though Sydney driver Ryan Simpson has already sealed the outright title, there’s still plenty to play for amongst the strong 20-car Porsche field in Sydney.

As well as Simpson seeking to break series records – he’s won seven straight races with nine in a row the series record – the battle for the Elite class (between leader Geoff Emery and John Goodacre) and the Class B title (to be decided between Aaron Seton and Jaxon Evans) remains well and truly open.

Fans of ultra-high-performance cars will also have plenty to cheer about this weekend.

Both the Radical Australia Cup and the Australian Sports Racer Series will bring their diverse blend of open-top, LeMans style sports cars to Sydney Motorsport Park once again with both offering penty of interest across their respective grids.

The Radicals race only on Saturday, with a 9-lap sprint followed by a tough 40-minute feature race later in the afternoon while the Sports Racers take in three short sprints across the two days.

Finally, the Kerrick Sports Sedans Series will also offer up a thrilling title decider with three drivers in contention for the prestigious crown of Australia’s fastest ‘tin top’ racer.

The three-way title fight includes eight time national champion Tony Ricciardello, young-gun Thomas Randle and Victorian ace Stephen Tamasi – though the championship fight may have to play second fiddle behind the otherwise dominant Jack Perkins.

V8 Supercars newest race winner, Perkins will continue to deputise for Darren Hossack in the popular Audi A4 in which he’s won the last six straight races, and round victories at Queensland Raceway and Wakefield Park.

The Kerrick Sports Sedan series tackles three races across the weekend.

Action kicks off on Friday, November 13 with unofficial practice ahead of qualifying and the first races on Saturday afternoon.

Racing continues on Sunday and culminates in the Australian Four-Hour enduro commencing at 12:30pm.

Sunday’s action will be streamed live via thenationals.com.au and the MotorsportsTV app, available for iPhone and Android platforms.

Tickets are available at the gate and priced at $15 for Saturday, $25 for Sunday or $30 for a weekend value pass.