MONDAY, NOVEMBER 6: Global sports marketing company Octagon will conduct a series of information seminars about three of its major 2001 Australian motorsport events later this month in selected State capital cities. The seminars cover the Grand...
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 6: Global sports marketing company Octagon will conduct a series of information seminars about three of its major 2001 Australian motorsport events later this month in selected State capital cities.
The seminars cover the Grand Prix Rally in Victoria from February 24-28, held before the opening round of the 2001 Formula One world championship at Albert Park in Melbourne, the Targa Tasmania tarmac rally from April 18-24, and the Australian Safari international cross-country rally in the Northern Territory from August 19-26.
Octagon's Motorsport General Manager in Australia, Craig Fletcher, said the seminars were aimed to brief current and prospective entrants, manufacturers, and sponsors with latest news on organisation, commercial, and other aspects of the three events it promotes.
The seminars will be held over four successive evenings starting in Melbourne (Carlton Crest Hotel, 65 Queens Road) on November 27, followed by Adelaide (Hyatt Regency, North Terrace) on November 28, Brisbane (Carlton Crest, King George Square) on November 29, and Sydney (All Seasons-Darling Harbour, 17 Little Pier Street) on November 30.
Presentations at the seminars will be made by Fletcher, Grand Prix Rally Deputy Clerk of Course Peter Lewis-Williams, and Tom Snooks, Targa Tasmania Clerk of Course and Australian Safari Event Administrator.
"Octagon has a large program of motorsport events in Australia next year, and we believe the seminars will provide valuable information and feedback for all the various interested parties," said Fletcher.
"This is an ideal opportunity for everyone involved to get together and discuss specific details and latest developments in each of the three events away from the on-site competitive environment."
Octagon was appointed the new organiser of the Grand Prix Rally, first held in 1988, in October. The 2001 event will be contested over a course of approximately 1,500km from Shepparton to Melbourne, culminating in a lap of the Albert Park grand prix circuit for competitors. There are nine categories from pre-1930 cars through to post-1990 vehicles.
Targa Tasmania, acquired by Octagon earlier this year, celebrates it's 10th anniversary in 2001. There are 54 stages planned over approximately 2,200km, with significant changes to the course in four of the six days compared to 2000. Categories again comprise Targa Tasmania Shannons Historic, Targa Tasmania Shannons Touring Classic, Targa Tasmania Classic, and Targa Tasmania Modern. Defending champion and multiple winner Jim Richards has confirmed he will defend his title.
"Targa Tasmania is an exciting new venture for Octagon and we are pleased to report interest is as high as ever with an expected full field of about 300 starters," said Fletcher.
Octagon has established a new administrative office in Hobart this year, with a staff of 15, to oversee organisation of Targa Tasmania.
The Australian Safari, which began in 1985, undergoes a major change in 2001, with the Moto Division upgraded and included as round four of the Federation Internationale Motocycliste (F.I.M.) Cross Country Rallies World Cup series. The event will also be open for four-wheel-drive and two-wheel-drive vehicles, buggies and quads.
Fletcher said the World Cup status would attract high-profile factory-supported motorcycle teams, representing a variety of manufacturers, to the 2001 Australian Safari,
"We are going to see an influx of big-name riders and teams, and it will also give the Australian riders a chance to prove themselves against the world's best," he said.