Change in BOC Gases Super Touring Championship calendar TUESDAY, JULY 14: TOCA Australia announced today it had switched the final round of this year's BOC Gases Australian Super Touring Championship from Amaroo Park to rival Sydney circuit Oran...
Change in BOC Gases Super Touring Championship calendar
TUESDAY, JULY 14: TOCA Australia announced today it had switched the final round of this year's BOC Gases Australian Super Touring Championship from Amaroo Park to rival Sydney circuit Oran Park.
Kelvin O'Reilly, Chief Executive of TOCA Australia, said the decision for the change of venue for the eighth round of the championship on August 30 had been made because of pressures for vacant possession by the new owners of Amaroo Park. Settlement of the sale of Amaroo Park from the Australian Racing Drivers Club (ARDC) to the new owners is on August 31, the day after the final championship round.
"The tight time frame for the handover of the circuit will not permit us to race at Amaroo Park on August 30, as planned," said O'Reilly.
"We (TOCA) have been aware of the problems and have been negotiating with the management of Oran Park for some time."
"The late change of venue is a mutual decision and in no way affects TOCA's working relationship with the ARDC. We look forward to staging events at the ARDC's Eastern Creek circuit in 1999."
Oran Park previously hosted the second round of this year's championship on April 26 on its 1.9km short-circuit. The track also had one championship round in 1994 and each of the following two years. The final round of the 1996 championship was held at Oran Park.
O'Reilly said a decision on whether to stage the final round of this year's championship on Oran Park's short-circuit, or the longer 2.6km, would be made within 10 days.
"Over the years Oran Park has produced some of the most exciting racing in the championship, and we're confident that will continue," said O'Reilly.
"Tony Perich and his team at Oran Park have always done a great job promoting events and we look forward to working with them again."
Oran Park General Manager Geoff Leeds said the circuit was delighted to secure the final round, especially with the likelihood of it deciding the Super Touring championship title between the rival works Audi and Volvo teams.
After five rounds Audi Sport Australia driver Brad Jones leads the championship with 125 points, followed by Volvo Dealer Team's Jim Richards on 117 and Jones' Victorian team-mate Cameron McConville on 99.
"Super Touring enjoys strong support in New South Wales, and at Oran Park, and the expected championship showdown between Audi and Volvo will make the last round an even more exiting spectacle," said Leeds.
The sixth round of the championship will be held at Mallala near Adelaide this Sunday (July 19).