Shannons Nationals Motor Racing Championships

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The Shannons Nationals Motor Racing Championships is a series of motor racing events held across five states of Australia. It was first held as the CAMS National Racing Championships in 2006 [1] and adopted its present name the following year when it gained Shannons Insurance as a new partner.[2]

The series brings a number of Australian racing categories together under one banner, allowing costs to be spread across a broad base. The four core categories represented are Australian Formula 3 (contesting the Australian Drivers' Championship), Saloon Cars (contesting the Australian Saloon Car Series), Australian Manufacturers' Championship (incorporating the Australian Production Car Championship) and Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Australia. Other series supported are the Kerrick Sports Sedan Series, Kumho Tyres V8 Touring Car Series, Australian Superkart Championship, Formula Vee Series and Aussie Racing Cars.

The environment of the series has given some categories the opportunity to grow where opportunities might have been more limiting in higher profile events, while the pooling of resources across a number of categories has resulted in lower management costs and improved access to television recording facilities. Categories that contribute to the cost of the television coverage are screened, usually the following weekend, as part of the Speedweek programme, which is broadcast initially on SBS and then repeated on Fox Sports. The Championships have also allowed several higher profile races to be established or re-established, including the Bathurst 12 Hour, the Tasmanian Super Prix, the Australian Tourist Trophy, the Clem Smith Trophy and the Pacific Superkart Challenge.

Series Champions[edit]

Roger Lago (Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Type 997), winner of the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge in 2010 and 2011
Englishman Ben Barker (Dallara F307), winner of the 2010 Australian Drivers' Championship.
Year Series Champion Car
2010 Australian Drivers' Championship Ben Barker Dallara F307 HWA-Mercedes
Commodore Cup Adam Beechey Holden VS Commodore
Australian Manufacturers' Championship Mitsubishi Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X
Australian Production Car Championship Stuart Kostera Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X
Australian Saloon Car Series Tim Rowse Holden VT Commodore
Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Roger Lago Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Type 997
Kerrick Sports Sedan Series James Sera Saab 9-3-Chevrolet
Shannons V8 Touring Car National Series Tony Evangelou Ford BA Falcon
Formula Vee National Series Benjamin Porter Checkmate JP02
Australian Superkart Championship Darren Hossack Anderson Maverick SAFE
2011 Australian Drivers' Championship Chris Gilmour Dallara F307 HWA-Mercedes
Commodore Cup Adam Beechey Holden VS Commodore
Australian Manufacturers' Championship Mitsubishi Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X
Australian Production Car Championship Stuart Kostera Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X
Australian Saloon Car Series Matt Lovell Ford AU Falcon
Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Roger Lago Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Type 997
Kerrick Sports Sedan Series Tony Ricciardello Alfa Romeo Alfetta GTV-Chevrolet
Kumho V8 Touring Car National Series Terry Wyhoon Ford BA Falcon
Australian Suzuki Swift Series Allan Jarvis Suzuki Swift Sport RS
Australian Superkart Championship Warren McIlveen Stockman MR2 - Honda
2012 Australian Drivers' Championship James Winslow Dallara F307 HWA-Mercedes
Commodore Cup Adam Beechey Holden VS Commodore
Australian Manufacturers' Championship Mitsubishi Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X
Australian Production Car Championship Stuart Kostera Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X
Australian Saloon Car Series Simon Tabinor Holden VT Commodore
Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Kane Rose Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Type 997
Kerrick Sports Sedan Series Kerry Baily Aston Martin DBR9-Chevrolet
Kumho V8 Touring Car National Series Josh Hunter Ford BA Falcon
Australian Suzuki Swift Series Allan Jarvis Suzuki Swift Sport RS
Australian Superkart Championship Jason Smith Anderson-DEA
Radical Australia Cup Neale Muston Radical SR3

References[edit]

  1. ^ Official Programme, CAMS National Racing Championships, Round 5, Mallala, 24-25 June 2006
  2. ^ Official Programme, Shannons Nationals Motor Racing Championships, Round 4, Mallala, 30 June - 1 July 2007

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