ASTC: Expanded daytime television coverage

MONDAY, OCTOBER 9: Daytime television coverage of the BOC Gases Australian Super Touring Championship's inaugural 'Summer Season' on the Seven Network has been expanded to include this month's fourth round at Wakefield Park near Goulburn. Kelvin...

MONDAY, OCTOBER 9: Daytime television coverage of the BOC Gases Australian Super Touring Championship's inaugural 'Summer Season' on the Seven Network has been expanded to include this month's fourth round at Wakefield Park near Goulburn.

Kelvin O'Reilly, Chief Executive of championship organisers TOCA Australia, confirmed today the Wakefield Park round would be televised nationally from 12-noon to 2pm on Sunday, November 12.

O'Reilly said the remaining four championship rounds after Wakefield Park would have a similar daytime television timeslot, one week after race meetings, as previously announced.

He said the extended daytime coverage had been put in place after the fourth and final 'Winter Season' round scheduled for Winton Raceway in Victoria on August 27 was cancelled and replaced by Wakefield Park on October 29, after the Seven Network had completed its Australian Football League and Olympic Games commitments.

"Originally we were to have had four 'Winter' rounds before the Olympics with late night timeslots, but with Wakefield Park now on the calendar after the Games we have been able secure additional daytime coverage," said O'Reilly.

"Our 'Summer Season' is now extended from four to five rounds, and this extra daytime television has obvious commercial benefits for teams and sponsors in the championship, and our fans."

Commentators on the championship telecasts are Mark Beretta, co-host of the Seven Network's Sunrise program who anchored Olympic Games coverage, and former works Audi driver Cameron McConville. Each of the eight championship rounds has a two-hour telecast.

SUPER TOURING BRIEFS

Canberra driver Matthew Fox will make his championship debut at Wakefield Park. The 34-year-old Department of Defence contractor will drive a Toyota Carina prepared by Malcolm Rea's Queensland-based Motorsport Developments team. Fox said he was scheduled to test the Carina at Lakeside Raceway near Brisbane before racing at Wakefield Park. This year he has raced in the Formula Two and Holden HQ categories.

"Driving the Carina will be a step up the ladder for me with my racing," said Fox. "Fortunately I've done some racing at Wakefield Park in other types of cars so that will be a help. There are some tight, off-camber corners that take some getting used to. The test at Lakeside will give me a chance to try new things on the Super Touring cars like the sequential gearbox. My intention is to drive the Toyota for the rest of the championship."

Queenslander David Auger will drive a V8 Future Tourer and a road car at Wakefield Park on October 16 in preparation for his and the championship's debut on the 2.2km circuit. Auger is currently leading the Independents Cup class after three rounds of this year's championship in his Leatherman Racing Alfa Romeo. Sydney-based New Zealander Tony Newman tested his TC Motorsport Peugeot 406 at Wakefield Park on September 27-28, and was impressed with the circuit and its facilities. Sydney's Jamie Miller also tested the Phoenix Motorsport Toyota Camry at the track alongside Newman.

Victorian Michael Downard is a confirmed starter for Wakefield Park after repairing the damaged engines which prevented him from racing his Playboy BMW 318i in the previous round at Sydney's Oran Park on July 9. The Independents Cup driver said he had opted to repair his two S14 engines, rather than upgrade to an S42 powerplant as used by championship leader Paul Morris and Newcastle's Luke Searle in their BMWs. Downard said he had been unable to source sufficient parts to move up to the S42 specification engine.

Mike Porter mikep@qldnet.com.au

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Drivers Cameron McConville , Paul Morris , Luke Searle , David Auger , Matthew Fox
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