ASTC: ASTC to manage Future Tourers Series

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 31: TOCA Australia, organisers of the BOC Gases Australian Super Touring Championship, announced today it had taken over the management and control of the Future Tourers category for modified V8 cars. The previous Future...

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 31: TOCA Australia, organisers of the BOC Gases Australian Super Touring Championship, announced today it had taken over the management and control of the Future Tourers category for modified V8 cars.

The previous Future Tourers category manager, Octagon Worldwide, will take on a revised role in the championship with the emphasis on marketing, sponsorship, and event management, and will promote the sixth round of the series at Symmons Plains in Tasmania on December 10.

TOCA Australia Chief Executive Kelvin O'Reilly said the Future Tourers V8 Holden Commodores and Ford Falcons that had raced as a separate class in Super Touring championship races this year would continue to do so under the revised management structure.

He said agreement with Octagon Worldwide had been reached after ongoing negotiations over the management of the Future Tourers category.

O'Reilly said the changes had been approved by CAMS, the national motorsport controlling body, in meetings with its Chief Executive Officer Peter Hansen at the fourth round of the championship at Wakefield Park last weekend, also attended by Octagon's Motorsport General Manager Craig Fletcher.

"TOCA Australia has managed and organised the Super Touring championship since 1995 and views the addition of the Future Tourers class to its portfolio of motor racing product as complimentary and progressive for both classes of cars," said O'Reilly.

He said Future Tourers teams would receive direct and immediate benefit in the TOCA Australia's five-year television agreement with the Seven Network. TOCA Australia produces a two-hour program for each championship round.

Fletcher said Octagon would explore sponsorship and marketing opportunities for the championship, and was well positioned as promoter for the Symmons Plains round through it's connection as owner of the Targa Tasmania tarmac rally and administrative office in Hobart.

"Promoting the Symmons Plains meeting is an exciting new venture for Octagon, and we have a number of long-term strategies for the future development of the championship," he said.

Octagon launched Future Tourers in March as an all-new category of V8 touring car racing, consisting of a silhouette-type formula with a controlled set of regulations to ensure performance parity and cost effective motorsport.

The category caters for a minimum of four manufacturers - Holden, Ford, Toyota and Mitsubishi - and can expand to expand to include other brands with models of a similar wheelbase.

Currently eligible vehicles include VR, VS, VT Commodore, EL, EF, AU Falcon, Magna and Camry/Avalon. All race with a control 5-litre V8 engine producing approximately 400-horsepower and utilise standard factory-fitted road option aerodynamics.

Tasmanian Tim Shaw leads the Future Tourers championship in a Holden Commodore. Other drivers in the category include James Brock, son of nine-times Bathurst 1000 champion Peter Brock.

Mike Porter mikep@qldnet.com.au

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Series Automotive
Drivers Peter Brock , Peter Hansen , James Brock