Series announces 2008 schedule

MAGNIFICENT SEVEN FOR SERIES TORONTO, Ont. -- The Parts Canada Superbike Championship will once again consist of seven rounds in 2008, opening at a brand new venue and closing at one of its most famous facilities. The season kicks off at ...

MAGNIFICENT SEVEN FOR SERIES

TORONTO, Ont. -- The Parts Canada Superbike Championship will once again consist of seven rounds in 2008, opening at a brand new venue and closing at one of its most famous facilities.

The season kicks off at Calabogie Motorsport Park, about 100km (60 miles) west of Ottawa May 22-25 and ends Aug. 29-31 at storied Shannonville Motorsport Park, near Belleville, Ont.

In between the national motorcycle road racing championship will make its traditional stops at Calgary's Race City Motorsport Park, Mosport International Raceway in Bowmanville, Ont. and Shubenacadie, N.S. track Atlantic Motorsport Park. Mosport and AMP will stage doubleheader events.

"We think this year's Parts Canada Superbike Championship schedule provides a nice mix of traditional venues while also introducing some new blood into the series," said Colin Fraser of Professional Motorsports Productions, which organizes the series. "Race City, Mosport, AMP and Shannonville are long-established fixtures while Calabogie offers a new challenge for our racers."

The series also features a first-ever mid-season Pirelli tire test, immediately after the August AMP rounds at the brand new Mirabel ICAR venue northeast of Montreal on Aug. 13.

"We really wanted to have a Quebec round in 2008, but unfortunately the Mirabel facility is not quite prepared for a major spectator event," explained Fraser. "The Quebec market is crucial, there is a lot of racer and fan support, so we are working for a national at ICAR's impressive facility as part of the 2009 Parts Canada National tour."

The Calabogie season opener will be held on its 2.81km (1.74-mile), 13-turn Stadium Track. This will be the first motorcycle race and the first national motorsports event staged at the venue.

From Calabogie the series heads west to Race City Motorsport Park to tackle the fast 3.6km (2.0-mile), 11-turn circuit June 27-29.

After a three-week break action resumes at Mosport International Raceway July 17-20 for the first of back-to-back doubleheader rounds on the challenging 3.9km (2.459-mile), 10-turn track.

Atlantic Motorsport Park plays host to a critical late season doubleheader Aug. 7-10. The races at the 2.56km (1.6-mile), 11-turn track will be organized by the newly-formed Atlantic Roadracing League. This will be the second ever twin bill at AMP, which is noted for its large and boisterous race crowds.

Champions will be crowned at Shannonville Motorsport Park Aug. 29- 31, when the racers battle it out on the 2.45km (1.53-mile), 11-turn Pro Track. SMP has staged over 40 national Superbike races.

The 2008 calendar also includes a Pirelli tire test April 15-16 at Florida's Jennings GP.

-credit: www.cdnsuperbike.com

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