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INTERNATIONAL OFFICIALS TO VISIT SANDOWN SHANNONS NATIONALS

Melbourne's Sandown Raceway – the Home of Horsepower, CAMS and the Shannons Nationals will extend the arm of international motorsport cooperation next week.

The final round of the 2012 Shannons Nationals presented by Hi-Tec Oils (November 23-25) will see a delegation of several Korean officials visit the circuit to gain hands-on experience working in selected trackside and operational posts, furthering the international cooperation between Australia and Korea fostered in recent years.

CAMS have played a large role in the Formula 1 (TM) Korean Grand Prix, providing support and staffing to assist the local promoters in the operations of their race meeting.

As such, the favour will be returned across the November 23-25 weekend when the Korean’s travel to Australia to experience local racing and continue their learning process.

The international representation trackside coupled with a big finale for an exciting Shannons Nationals season will help the Sandown circuit continue it’s 50th anniversary celebrations that have been ongoing this year.

“CAMS has been quite instrumental in the Korean Formula One race with several senior CAMS officials travelling over to help them run their race,” explained Sandown’s Motoring Operations Manager, Matt Baragwanath.

“The Korean officials don’t get a lot of opportunity to gain on-track experience in their own country so this is a great opportunity for them to see how we do it.

“We are really excited to welcome to them to Sandown and get them involved in the Shannons Nationals season finale’, which should be a great weekend of racing.”

The Korean officials will experience a wide array of trackside roles, from on-track flagging to serving as sector marshalls and working in race control.

“We want to make sure they can experience all different types of roles around the circuit and will be working closely with our own volunteer officials to learn how we do things in Australia,” Baragwanath said.

“Sandown is excited to be working with the Shannons Nationals and CAMS to make this happen and we are confident it is going to be a very positive experience for everyone involved, not just our friends visiting from overseas.”

The final round of the Shannons Nationals presented by Hi-Tec Oils will see six major national racing categories complete their season of racing, a packed program of 21 races scheduled for Saturday and Sunday.

The on-track action will include the final round of the hugely popular Touring Car Masters series, featuring the likes of Jim Richards, John Bowe and Andrew Miedecke going head-to-head in classic muscle cars – for the second time at Sandown this year.

The Australian Manufacturers Championship for Production Cars will feature two, 125km (40-lap) endurance races that will surely be entertaining, whilst the final round of the Kumho Tyres Australian V8 Touring Car Series will see a title fight between Ford and Holden – young-gun Josh Hunter taking on Jim Pollicina’s Commodore.

The Dial Before You Dig Australian Saloon Car Series, Hi-Tec Oils Australian Swift Racing Series and the V8 Commodore Cup ‘Last Blast’ will complete an action-packed program.

Weekend passes are available for just $30, with Saturday ($15) and Sunday-only ($25) tickets also available. Children under 14 will be admitted free.

Sunday’s action will also be streamed live on the internet via broadcast partners www.itvlive.com.au, and www.thenationals.com.au