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AUSF3: Series announces 2009 schedule

AUSTRALIAN DRIVERS CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED FOR 2009 The Schedule for the 53rd running of the Australian Drivers Championship has today been confirmed by Formula 3 Australia - and it's one of the most diverse yet. The 2009 Australian ...

AUSTRALIAN DRIVERS CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED FOR 2009

The Schedule for the 53rd running of the Australian Drivers Championship has today been confirmed by Formula 3 Australia - and it's one of the most diverse yet.

The 2009 Australian Formula 3 Championship will race on eight tracks in four states and returns to three circuits that the series has not visited for some time - all the while maintaining its position at some traditional favourites.

It also features a mix of high-downforce, slow-speed circuits and some of the quickest tracks in the country, extending the capabilities of the Formula 3 cars to their very maximum limits in the quest for Australia's top racing honour - the CAMS Gold Star.

Sandown Raceway, Winton and Wakefield Park all return to the championship after sustained absences; the Goulburn track returning to the schedule for the first time since 2006 whilst the pair of Victorian venues will get Formula 3 action for the first time each since 2004.

The Clipsal 500 Adelaide will open the series between March 19 - 22 with the following seven rounds spread evenly - with one round set to be held in each of the following eight months - except September.

Wakefield Park will form an Anzac day celebration between April 24 - 26, before the series returns to the hallowed Phillip Island GP circuit on the third weekend in May, a now traditional date for Australia's top ‘wings and slicks' series on Australia's quickest track.

The series halfway point will be contested at Winton between June 26 - 28, Formula 3 returning to the tight and twisty rural circuit for the first time in five years.

Another now-traditional date - July's Eastern Creek Raceway round - is scheduled for round five before a potentially final fling at Oran Park raceway, a drivers favourite, is set to be contested between August 29 - 30 as round six.

The third running of the Formula 3 SuperPrix (for the John Bowe Trophy) held at Symmons Plains raceway will be the penultimate round of the championship and will take place between October 17 - 18. The later date will hopefully ensure better weather for the richest race on the schedule that has quickly become a ‘must win' event.

The season finale' will be held at Sandown Raceway in Melbourne's suburbs, the track, like Winton returning to the series after a five year absence.

The Australian Formula 3 Championship will again play a key role within the Shannons National Motor Racing Championships, the series hosting seven of the eight rounds scheduled.

-credit: formula3.com.au

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