APR: Series announces new web site

Australian Performance Car Championship goes online As preparations for the 2005 season continue, the Australian Performance Car Championship is pleased to unveil its new website, www.performanceracing.net.au. The website will allow fans,...

Australian Performance Car Championship goes online

As preparations for the 2005 season continue, the Australian Performance Car Championship is pleased to unveil its new website, www.performanceracing.net.au.

The website will allow fans, competitors, media and sponsors, from Australia and abroad, to find the latest news and information on the category which is home to some of Australia's best touring car action.

The brand new site will feature all the latest news on the series, its teams and drivers, photo galleries and results from each event, driver profiles, points standings, information on the series and its upcoming events, and much more.

"A website is a pre-requisite these days for a racing series," explained Performance Racing board member and Chairman, Greg Siddle.

"It is an important outlet for the series to inform the racing, corporate and viewing public about it and its activities. It is going to be accessible for competitors to get information from but also accessing potential competitors, and also sponsors -- it's a big thing for public awareness."

In the meantime, preparations are continuing for the category's opening round, at the Clipsal 500 on March 17 -- 20. The weekend will signal the commencement of a 7 round championship, where a diverse range of high performance cars are set to do battle on the racetrack at V8 Supercar events around the country.

Mitsubishi, BMW, HSV, Subaru, Mazda, FPV and Nissan are among the marques that will be vying for the honour of being crowned the manufacturer of Australia's best high performance car.

Vehicles previously eligible for the category, previously GT-Performance, remain eligible for the 2005 Australian Performance Car Championship, while a number of new vehicles are now able to be raced, such as the Holden Monaro and the FPV Falcon F6 Typhoon.

The vehicles will form a field which is fast taking shape in the lead-up to the Clipsal 500 season opener.

"We have sold in excess of 20 licenses to competitors, and we are pretty happy with the entry lists for Adelaide, given where we were in October," said Siddle.

Frank Lowndes and Geoff Beechey were recently appointed to oversee the technical aspects of the championship. The pair are currently working with CAMS to finalise the vehicle eligibility and specifications for the upcoming season.

"The work Frank and Geoff are doing will be ongoing. We have agreed that we want the cars to be as close as possible to what can be bought from the showroom."

With just under a month until the category takes to the circuit for the first time, Siddle says things are falling into place.

"It's good, the TV deal is locked in which will see us on Trackside (Network 10); we secured that prior to Christmas with RedMax. We are all pretty happy about that and looking forward to working with them.

"We are talking to a number of potential sponsors, that we are looking to have signed before Adelaide and we are on the verge of concluding deals with a couple of tyre manufacturers to support the series," Siddle concluded.

Round 1 of the 2005 Australian Performance Car Championship will be on the streets of Adelaide at the Clipsal 500 on March 17 -- 20.

-www.performanceracing.net.au

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