CAMS, in association with the CAMS National Racing Championships (CNRC) Pty. Ltd. – promoters of the Shannons Australian National Motor Racing Championships Series – have moved to secure the long-term future of the Australian Manufacturers Championship for Production Cars.
Following the withdrawal of the previous promoter, CAMS and the CNRC have moved quickly to secure the long-term future stability of the championship, including announcing a comprehensive race program with the Shannons Nationals and new management that injects stability and long-term planning into the series.
A new management entity is presently being established to manage the category with Operations, Technical and Media roles to be filled heading into the 2013 season.
This includes the establishment of a five-year strategic plan for the growth of the category in association with CAMS.
A five-round calendar with the 2013 Shannons Nationals has been secured with an emphasis on endurance racing that is a hallmark of the category.
The championship will commence at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit in May with a four-hour endurance event, followed by a three-hour race at Sydney Motorsport Park, in July.
The successful ‘Fight In The Night’ at Queensland Raceway – made up of two, 200km twilight races in August - will return with a similar race format (in daylight) to be staged at Wakefield Park in October.
The finale’ will be a three-hour enduro at Sandown Raceway in November.
Class A & B vehicles will also be eligible to run in Australian Six-Hour race - to be held the day after the three-hour championship round to be held at Sydney Motorsport Park in July.
The Six-hour will be a non-championship round however cars from both classes are eligible to run alongside the diverse field set for the return of the event at the Sydney circuit.
Commercial partners with major suppliers will be established to contain costs and increase benefits for competitors.
“The 2012 AMC showcased the kind of potential that the series has,” said Shannons Nationals director Rob Curkpatrick.
“With the Shannons Nationals the series averaged nearly 20 cars per round this year and provided some thrilling racing – including two races at the final round that were decided by less than one second, with last-lap passes for the win adding to the excitement.
“Clearly, there is a huge amount of potential in the class and the opportunity is there to build it for a successful long-term future.”
The new entity will aim to build on the existing support from within the current AMC competitor base, several new vehicles already committed to the 2013 championship.
Beric Lynton’s BMW 1M looks to be a force following it’s victory in the final round of this year, whilst the Pedders Bendigo-supported team has confirmed plans to make the Australian racing debut of Toyota’s new 86.
Dominant team, TMR Australia, has confirmed it has sold all of its current Mitsubishi EVO X Lancers to competitors set to compete in the championship next year.
Leading Mitsubishi competitors Dylan Thomas and Garry Holt are amongst others already committed to a championship campaign next year.
CAMS and the Shannons Nationals will commence correspondence with key stakeholders and competitors in coming weeks to outline plans for the 2013 Australian Manufacturers Championship moving forward. For more information and a complete broadcast schedule, head to www.thenationals.com.au