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WRIGHT PATTON SHAKESPEARE CARRERA CUP FEATURES ON NETWORK 10 IN 2006 The most successful one make motor racing championship in the world returns to Network 10 in 2006 with its own exclusive 30-minute program reviewing each round of the ...

WRIGHT PATTON SHAKESPEARE CARRERA CUP FEATURES ON NETWORK 10 IN 2006

The most successful one make motor racing championship in the world returns to Network 10 in 2006 with its own exclusive 30-minute program reviewing each round of the series.

All eight rounds of the Wright Patton Shakespeare Carrera Cup will be featured on Network 10 in a regular Sunday afternoon timeslot, to be produced by RedMax Entertainment.

The all-Porsche series will join the V8 Supercar Championship Series and Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series as the Australian motor racing categories televised on Network 10 this year.

In a further coup for the Wright Patton Shakespeare Carrera Cup, the program will also be telecast across the Tasman in New Zealand on TV One.

Negotiations are well advanced for a second season on Motors TV which is screened in 26 countries and 80 territories throughout Europe, Africa and Asia.

A potential audience of 40 million people worldwide will witness the exploits of Porsche racing heroes Jim Richards, Alex Davison, Jonathon Webb, David Reynolds, Peter Fitzgerald and Klark Quinn in the all-new 997-type Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car.

The new model Porsche has created plenty of excitement and anticipation as it enters Australian motorsport.

Developed and built by Porsche's racing headquarters in Weissach, Germany, the 997 Porsche has enhanced aerodynamics, a six-speed sequential gearbox and no ABS brakes, making it a more complete racing package. The 400 horsepower, six cylinder boxer engine will propel the cars to close to 300 kph on the best motor racing circuits in Australia.

The championship starts at the Clipsal 500 in Adelaide and includes all the major motor racing events on the calendar including the Super Cheap Auto 1000 in Bathurst, Lexmark Indy 300 on the Gold Coast and Betta Electrical 500 at Sandown.

All rounds will feature 25 Porsches in qualifying and three races vying for prestigious championship acclaim, doubling as the primary support category to the mighty V8 Supercars in Australia.

RedMax Entertainment's production of the Wright Patton Shakespeare Carrera Cup will commence on Network 10 on Sunday April 9 at 1pm, hosted by Greg Rust, with guest commentary from Cameron McConville and pit interviews by Mark Howard.

The schedule on Network 10:
April 9 - Clipsal 500, SA
June 18 -- Wakefield Park, NSW
July 16 -- Hidden Valley, NT
September 3 - Oran Park, NSW
September 24 - Betta Electrical 500, VIC
October 15 -- Super Cheap Auto 1000, NSW
November 5 - Lexmark Indy 300, QLD
December 17 - Phillip Island, VIC

RedMax Entertainment Executive Producer Richard McLelland said all eight episodes in 2006 promise to be an entertaining mix of fast-paced action, colourful interviews with informative and exciting commentary.

"We're developing a program that showcases the entertainment value of motor racing in Australia," said McLelland.

"From the great, fast and close racing on track to the personalities behind the wheel, you will experience the colour, the drama, the speed and the skill from your lounge room chair.

"The 2006 Wright Patton Shakespeare Carrera Cup championship is poised to be the closest and most exciting in its four year history, and has really cemented its position as the primary support category to V8 Supercars in Australia."

The schedule on TV One in New Zealand:
April 30 - Clipsal 500, SA
July 2 -- Wakefield Park, NSW
July 30 -- Hidden Valley, NT
September 10 - Oran Park, NSW
October 1 - Betta Electrical 500, VIC
October 29 -- Super Cheap Auto 1000, NSW
November 19 - Lexmark Indy 300, QLD
TBA - Phillip Island, VIC

TV One Motorsport Producer David Turner said the popularity of Porsche racing in New Zealand has generated substantial audience interest in the Wright Patton Shakespeare Carrera Cup.

"New Zealand is always strongly represented in the Wright Patton Shakespeare Carrera Cup with drivers such as Jim Richards, Craig Baird and Fabian Coulthard performing exceptionally well in recent years," said Turner.

"It also presents some of the best one make racing you will find anywhere in the world, and, that make happens to be Porsche which has such an acclaimed history in international motor racing."

Negotiations are also proceeding for the Wright Patton Shakespeare Carrera Cup Australia to be telecast in the following countries / regions through Motors TV (Europe, Africa) and ABC Asia-Pacific:

Albania; Andorra; Armenia; Austria; Azerbaidjan; Belarus; Belgium; Benin; Bosnia-Herzegovina; Bulgaria; Burkina Faso; Cameroon; Chad; Croatia; Cyprus; Czech Republic; Democratic Republic of Congo; Denmark; Dominican Republic; Estonia; Equatorial Guinea; Finland; France; French Caraiban Island; Gambia; Georgia; Germany; Ginea Bissau; Ghana; Greece; Guyana; Guinea Conakry; Hungary; Iceland; Ireland; Israel; Italy; Ivory Coast; Kazakhstan; Latvia; Lettonia; Liberia; Lichstenstein; Lithuania; Luxembourg; Macedonia; Madagascar; Mali; Malta; Moldova; Mauritania; Mauritius; Mayotte Island; Monaco; Netherlands; New Caledonia; New Zealand; Niger; Nigeria; Norway; Pakistan; Poland; Portugal; Republic of Africa Centre; Reunion Island; Romania; Russia; San Marino; Senegal; Serbia & Montenegro; Seychelle Islands; Sierra Leone; Slovakia; Slovenia; Spain; Sweden; Switzerland; Tonga; Turkey; Ukraine; United Kingdom; Uzbekistan; Vatican; Wight Island; Yugoslavia.

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Series Porsche
Drivers Cameron McConville , Jim Richards , Fabian Coulthard , Craig Baird , Alex Davison , Klark Quinn , Peter Fitzgerald , Mark Howard , Jonathon Webb , David Reynolds , Phillip Island