AUS: Series sponsor announced

WRIGHT PATTON SHAKESPEARE JOINS FORCES WITH CARRERA CUP Financial group Wright Patton Shakespeare is the new Naming Rights Sponsor of the Carrera Cup in Australia. The announcement was made today at Round One of the new Wright Patton ...

WRIGHT PATTON SHAKESPEARE JOINS FORCES WITH CARRERA CUP

Financial group Wright Patton Shakespeare is the new Naming Rights Sponsor of the Carrera Cup in Australia.

The announcement was made today at Round One of the new Wright Patton Shakespeare Carrera Cup at the Clipsal 500 in Adelaide, by Wright Patton Shakespeare Chairman Craig Gore, Carrera Cup CEO Jamey Blaikie, and drivers Jim Richards and Craig Baird.

The two-year agreement is the first Naming Rights sponsorship for the Porsche racing series which has already achieved great success over its first two years in Australia.

Regarded as the fastest one-make championship in the world, the Wright Patton Shakespeare Carrera Cup is the primary support category to the V8 Supercar Championship Series in Australia.

Mr Gore said that the Carrera Cup's current status and growth potential were the major attractors for his company.

"Wright Patton Shakespeare is already a significant contributor to the V8 Supercar Championship Series after entering motorsport last year, and we are now pleased to partner its primary support category -- the Carrera Cup," said Gore.

"It has a great mix of young and experienced drivers, a solid foundation of existing sponsors, and a professional organising body dedicated to growing the category much further.

"I definitely see the Wright Patton Shakespeare Carrera Cup as a stepping stone for young, talented drivers into V8 Supercars.

"The national and international television coverage and opportunity to network with some of Australia's leading business people, are also benefits of our sponsorship."

Mr Blaikie said he was delighted to secure such a reputable brand committed to motorsport as the category's inaugural Naming Rights sponsor.

"This is great news to start the 2005 season with. Carrera Cup has made huge inroads into Australian motorsport since its debut in 2003, and a Naming Rights sponsor was the next logical and ideal step," said Blaikie.

"On behalf of the Carrera Cup fraternity, I would like to welcome Craig Gore's Wright Patton Shakespeare to the category and look forward to a very exciting future."

The Wright Patton Shakespeare Carrera Cup will feature a nine-round series in 2005 starting this weekend at the Clipsal 500 in Adelaide and culminating with the BigPond Grande Finale at Phillip Island in late November. Last year the Australian Carrera Cup was staged in front of more than 1.37 million spectators over nine rounds.

In 2005, the Wright Patton Shakespeare Carrera Cup will be telecast in more than 26 countries and 80 territories throughout Australia on Network Ten, New Zealand on TV One, and Europe, Africa and Asia on Motors TV, with a potential audience reach of more than 40 million viewers.

2005 will also see the continuation of sponsorship by Porsche, Michelin, Fuchs, TAG Heuer, Puma, Screen Offset Printing, Ferodo and Web Resource.

The Wright Patton Shakespeare group of companies consists of three specialist companies - Finance, Realty, Financial Services - offering their clients the best advice and service in their respective fields. Whilst they operate separately, their collective benefit is in being able to provide the most relevant and up to date advice for your future and financial well being.

Wright Patton Shakespeare has already made a mark in motorsport with a V8 Supercar race team, WPS Racing, is the Official Financial Services Provider of V8 Supercars Australia, a joint partner of the recently launched Visa V8 Supercard, and sponsor of the V8 Supercar Safety Car Program.

All cars in the Wright Patton Shakespeare Carrera Cup are developed and built by Porsche' racing arm in Weissach, Germany. With a top speed in excess of 300 kilometres per hour, the lightweight, high performance vehicles have a 400 horsepower, 6 cylinder Boxer engine which revs to 8000 RPM, producing a sound that is distinctly Porsche.

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Series Porsche
Drivers Jim Richards , Craig Baird , Phillip Island