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AUSTRALIAN MOTOR RACING SERIES -- MALLALA BOUND The Australian Motor Racing Series (AMRS) travels to Mallala Raceway in South Australia just over an hour north of Adelaide on April 16th -- 17th for Round Two of the new National Series. It...

AUSTRALIAN MOTOR RACING SERIES -- MALLALA BOUND

The Australian Motor Racing Series (AMRS) travels to Mallala Raceway in South Australia just over an hour north of Adelaide on April 16th -- 17th for Round Two of the new National Series. It will be a series of firsts at Mallala for this first year series and here is a wrap up of the expected action:

Shannons Insurance have jumped on board with the exciting production car based category (APCC) to form the Shannons Australian Production Car Championship for 2005 and for those that missed it, some of the best racing at Wakefield saw a V8 SS Commodore driven by Derek Hocking do battle with Drew Russell in the bright orange Honda S2000 for line honours. Mallala promises to be no different with action aplenty.

The Gulf Western Oils Australian Touring Car Challenge widely respected as the new home for Group 'A', Super Tourers, Future Tourers and Ex V8Supercars will venture outside their NSW hub for the first time and jet into South Australia for three races full of dicing and overtaking manoeuvres. Watch for the BMW's of Luke Searle and David Towe as they do battle with Adam Proctor in the Mumbo Racing prepared Nissan Primera and a hoard of V8's.

For those who want sideways action, come and see the new National Formula D Drift (Top 16 Invitation) run by the master Wayne Boatwright that will attempt to slalom through a challenging land of witches hats and corners sideways. Come see the best 16 in Australia -- totally sick mate!

Round One of the Australian Superkart Championship will also get underway at Mallala with a large amount of entries expected to contest the pinnacle of Australian Superkarting. Also, in what will be surely one of the highlights of the Mallala round, a maximum grid of 40 Saloon Cars with 8 in reserve will line up for one of the best Ford versus Holden battles of the year in the RDA and EBC Brakes Saloon Cars Series. Don't miss out

The Kumho Tyres Australian Formula 3 Championship who after a successful foray into the world of the Australian Grand Prix announced another round for the year with the recently formed International A1 Grand Prix extravaganza and will line up for round two of their domestic Gold Star battle for 2005 at Mallala.

AMRS CATEGORY RELEASES:

RDA ROTORS & EBC BRAKES SALOON CAR SERIES

It is with great pleasure that The Australian Saloon Car Company (TASCCO) announce the signing of RDA Rotors & EBC Brakes as naming rights sponsor. Considering the widespread involvement that Rotors and Drums Australia have in Motorsport, TASCCO is indeed fortunate to have formed an alliance with this proactive, family owned company.

The signing of RDA Rotors & EBC Brakes as category sponsor is a major boost to TASCCO's aim of being one of the major support categories available to promoters. It is also a very opportune time to be joining the Saloon Car category with the introduction of the second generation Saloon Cars (VT/AU) in January 2006. There are several other projects being planned by TASCCO that will further enhance the popularity and marketability of the Holden v Ford category.

RDA-EBC Company Profile... Rotors & Drums Australia have joined forces with EBC Brakes Australia to offer customers an extended range of brake replacement parts. Rotors & Drums Australia commenced operations in Melbourne as a trade and retail parts supplier in 1987.

Today RDA is the largest supplier of Disc Brake Rotors and Brake Drums in Australia and New Zealand, with a range of parts to suit over 1450 vehicle applications. EBC Brakes is the worlds leading brand of Kevlar brake pads and parts. EBC Brakes offer parts for race and high performance street machines and were introduced into Australia in 2000. For more information go to www.rdabrakes.com.au

RDA Managing Director, Les Smith said, "RDA Rotors & EBC Brakes is proud to enhance our relationship with TASCCO." "The Saloon Car involvement is a further example of our brake products becoming the product of choice against more highly priced and fancied competitor product."

"The brake components used by the Saloon Cars and several other categories are standard off the shelf componentry as sold and distributed by our 1200 resellers around Australia."

"Our Motorsport involvement allows us to monitor our products in extreme conditions, to ensure that long operating life goes hand in hand with value for money."

The Australian Saloon Car Company is proud to have RDA Rotors & EBC Brakes as category sponsor, and looks forward to a long and successful partnership.

AUSTRALIAN SUPERKART CHAMPIONSHIPS

The first round of the Australian Superkart Championships starts at the Mallala round of the AMRS. The biggest class of Superkarts in the country - the 125 Rotax Max class will be putting on a great show in front of the TV cameras. These karts lap in similar times to Formula Vee 1600's and with highly restricted rules - the racing is always unbelievably close.

Nathan Bey from Victoria will be returning to defend his title from championship contenders Rod Clarke and local favourite's brothers Iyla and Yiani Harpas. Ilya (16) was second in the South Australian Youth Championships Junior Section in 2004. Brother Yiani Harpas (photo provided) (18) came fifth last year in the Australian Superkart Championships. The brothers both won the Australian Superkart Grand Prix in class in 2003 and will be competing against each other for the first time as part the Zip Kart Oz team - best known for Barbara Hepworths strong performances in the 250 class.

Another late entry is category organizer Geoff Mitton. Geoff will be making a one off appearance at the meeting as the camera kart and is hopeful of a strong finish. In his last race in class there were plenty of incidents but Geoff is hoping to keep his nose clean and capture some great on-board action this time. Racing will be televised on SBS Speedweek on May 8.

SHANNONS AUSTRALIAN PRODUCTION CAR CHAMPIONSHIP

The Shannons Australian Production Car Championship heads off to Mallala with its new Category Manager, the PCAA working successfully to raise the profile of the best production car racing in Australia.

Holden Commodore driver Derek Hocking, Drew Russell in the Honda S2000, Michael Craig in David Ryan's Falcon XR6 Turbo were the contenders from a successful round one appearance at Wakefield Park as the headline act, and sixteen cars will hit the rural track in South Australia in the longest running National Championships in Australia on the new Yokohama control tyre.

Watch out for a variety of cars which includes; three Toyota Celica's, SS Commodores, XR6 Turbo's, Honda Integra's, a Citroen Xsara, A Ford Focus, Toyota Echo Sportivo, three Proton Satria's and others.

All the action can be seen on the SBS "Speedweek" program every Sunday afternoon between 12 and 2pm or better still at this round of the Shannons APCC at Mallala Raceway on the 16/17th of April. For all the latest news and up to-date point's score just log on to www.pcaa.com.au

GULF WESTERN OIL AUSTRALIAN TOURING CAR CHALLENGE:

The Gulf Western Touring Car Challenge is set to visit South Australia's Mallala circuit for the first time ever in just over one week, as part of Round 2 of the Australian Motor Racing Series. Round 1 saw plenty of on-track action at Wakefield Park, and Round 2 looks set to provide even more excitement.

Terry Wyhoon, after taking out overall honours at Round 1, will be looking to maintain his spot at the top of the leader board at Round 2. Wyhoon will be pushing his Image Racing AU Falcon V8 Supercar to the limit to beat out other series front runners as well as serious new competitors in the Gulf Western Touring Car Challenge.

After being thwarted at the first round, Luke Searle will be looking to use his advantage under brakes and cornering in his 2004 title-winning SAE College BMW 318i 2-litre Super Tourer, in order to overcome the grunt advantage of the big V8s. Newcomer Chris Smerdon will bring his Vectra Corporation AU Falcon V8 Supercar into the series and will be looking to make in impact at his first outing.

Gulf Western Touring Car Challenge stalwart Garry Willmington would have won Round 1, had it not been for the safety-car appearance in Race 3 (and the exclusion of points earned in that race), and he'll be looking to make amends at Round 2 - pushing his No-Speed-Limits EL Falcon V8 Supercar hard for the win. Another newcomer who might have other ideas is Ray Ayton, who is sure to be on the pace in his VT Commodore V8 Supercar.

Others who are sure to feature at the front include Adam Proctor in his Caltex-Havoline Nissan Primera Super Tourer, Matthew Hunt in his MHR VS Commodore V8 Supercar (with a freshly rebuilt engine), Sam Dale in his Mumbo Racing Nissan Primera Super Tourer, the ever-improving Peter Vicary in his Gulf Western Oil EL Falcon V8 Supercar and Brendan Julius in his Panther Racing Toyota Camry Super Tourer.

Another newcomer to the series will be Richard Prince, in his Group 'A' Volvo 240T, who will be challenging David Towe in his ex-JPS 635 BMW for Group 'A' honours.

The combination of fast straights, with high-speed sweepers, heavy braking zones, and two low-speed hairpins of the Mallala layout should provide an interesting challenge to the handicappers of the Gulf Western Touring Car Challenge. Having never raced together at the circuit before, it remains to be seen whether the outright power of the V8 Supercars, the braking and handling of the Super Tourers, the overall compromise of the Future Tourers or the Group 'A' cars will come out on top.

Don't miss the action of Round 2 of the Gulf Western Touring Car Challenge. Mallala 16-17 April

AMRS TV COVERAGE:
PLEASE NOTE: With the passing of the Pope over the weekend, SBS were unable to screen Sundays (April 3) edition of Speedweek so the scheduled footage from Round One of the AMRS at Wakefield Park has been delayed until the 10th and 17th of April respectively, so tune in and be watching on:

Where: SBS Speedweek - Channel 28*
When: Sunday the 10th of April 2005
Time: 12 noon-2pm

Categories on Air: Kumho Tyres Australian Formula 3 Championship, Shannons Australian Production Car Championship, RDA Rotors & EBC Brakes Saloon Car Series

*this program is then mirrored onto Fox Sports One -- Inside Speed starting the following Thursday between 7-30pm and 8-00pm

Where: SBS Speedweek - Channel 28*
When: Sunday the 17th of April 2005
Time: 12noon-2pm

Categories on Air: Gulf Western Oil Touring Car Challenge

*this program is then mirrored onto Fox Sports One -- Inside Speed starting the following Thursday between 7-30pm and 8-00pm

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Series CAMS
Drivers Luke Searle , Wayne Boatwright , Terry Wyhoon , Drew Russell , David Ryan
Teams Panther Racing , Citroën World Rally Team