Australia series moves headquarters

The fastest and most successful one-make motor racing championship in Australia and the world has moved its national headquarters to the Gold Coast, adding further weight to the argument that the Gold Coast is the motorsport capital of ...

The fastest and most successful one-make motor racing championship in Australia and the world has moved its national headquarters to the Gold Coast, adding further weight to the argument that the Gold Coast is the motorsport capital of Australia.

Carrera Cup Australia has just completed its office relocation from Brisbane to the Gold Coast, and is now preparing for an exciting year of Porsche GT3 racing around the country.

The 2004 Carrera Cup will pit identically designed and built Porsche GT3 Cup cars together in an intense nine-round championship as the premier support category to the V8 Supercar Championship Series.

The governing body for the Carrera Cup in Australia now joins AVESCO, the governing body for the V8 Supercars; 14 of the full-time V8 Supercar drivers; one of the feature events on the international motor racing calendar, the Lexmark Indy 300; and numerous other competing and retired motor racing personalities based on the Gold Coast.

Carrera Cup Australia CEO Jamey Blaikie said the move to the Gold Coast was a natural progression to maintain the growth of the new and exciting series.

"The Gold Coast is a key centre for motorsport in Australia, if not the capital, and we felt this was the right move to grow the series after such a successful inaugural year," said Blaikie.

"We were pleased to announce last year that we will be the premier support category to the V8 Supercars for at least the next two years, and with AVESCO based on the Gold Coast as well, it made perfect sense.

"Now that we have settled in, everything is full steam ahead for the coming season and we have some exciting announcements to make in the coming weeks."

The Carrera Cup was introduced to Australia last year after a successful international history that includes series in Germany, Asia, United Kingdom, France and Japan.

In its inaugural year in Australia, seven-time Bathurst 1000 winner and Carrera Cup patron Jim Richards was crowned champion ahead of one of Australia's rising stars of motor racing, Marcus Marshall, of the Gold Coast.

This year Richards is back to defend his title but will face a stiff challenge from a host of experienced drivers as well as some of Australia and New Zealand's best up-and-comers. The 2004 Carrera Cup Australia starts with a special event at the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne from March 4 to 7, before embarking on round one at the Clipsal 500 in Adelaide from March 18-21. The nine rounds of Porsche action travel to New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, Northern Territory, South Australia, Western Australia and New Zealand.

The Carrera Cup will also be one of the key support categories for its new 'home event', the Lexmark Indy 300, to be held on the streets of Surfers Paradise from October 21 to 24.

The Gold Coast is also base for a number of Carrera Cup drivers including Charlie O'Brien, Tony Quinn, Klark Quinn and Michael Simpson.

Adding to its growth, Carrera Cup Australia has appointed leading motorsport publicist's BAM Media, also based on the Gold Coast, as its full-time media managers in 2004.

BAM Media's client list already includes champion V8 Supercar team Stone Brothers Racing, Lexmark Indy 300, Queensland Raceway, Willowbank Raceway among numerous other motorsport events, sponsors and drivers.

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Series Porsche
Drivers Marcus Marshall , Jim Richards , Tony Quinn , Klark Quinn , Mike Simpson