AUS: International television deal announced

The Australian Carrera Cup Championship will be celebrating it's third year of competition with the news that the 2005 Championship will be beamed to more than 26 countries and 80 territories across the globe through the Motors TV Network. This...

The Australian Carrera Cup Championship will be celebrating it's third year of competition with the news that the 2005 Championship will be beamed to more than 26 countries and 80 territories across the globe through the Motors TV Network.

This announcement continues the growth of the fastest and most successful 'one make' championship in the world and further enhances the growth of the series within Australia.

Throughout 2004 all nine rounds of the national Championship were broadcast on Network Ten's Trackside program with an audience in excess of 7.5 million viewers throughout Australia and New Zealand and those figures are expected to increase in 2005.

The championship will now be seen throughout Europe, Africa and Asia and expand the anticipated viewing audience to in excess of 40 million viewers across a variety of languages including English, French and German.

"The Motors TV potential viewing audience numbers have huge benefits for the series and its sponsors and partners," said Cup Car Australia CEO, Jamey Blaikie.

"I am delighted that the arrangement will ensure that Carrera Cup Australia will be seen by so many across the world. We will have a whole new audience of fans."

"While it is great for us as an organisation, our competitors can now really capitalise on the opportunity that this exposure presents to their sponsors and corporate partners."

Since the final round of last year's Championship on the Gold Coast in October, the interest in the 2005 Championship has been steadily building with last year's runner-up and inaugural Australian Champion Jim Richards and Fabian Coulthard, who finished third last year, already confirming their commitment.

The pair is expected to be joined by young guns Klark Quinn, Jonathan Webb and James Cressey for what is shaping up to be the most competitive championship yet.

"The pointy end of the pack is going to be frantic this year with many of the last year's top line drivers returning and several more big names to be announced in the coming weeks," said Blaikie.

It is anticipated that throughout the Championship a healthy grid of 25 Porsche GT3's will face the starter.

The first event for Carrera Cup Australia will be the Non-Championship races to be held at Albert Park as a part of the Foster's Australian Grand Prix on March 3-6.

The first round of the championship will be part of the Clipsal 500 weekend in Adelaide from March 17-20.

-cupcar.com.au-

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Series Porsche
Drivers Jim Richards , Klark Quinn