Australian series re-signs with AVESCO

Carrera Cup re-signs as primary support to V8 Supercars Newly signed deal ensures continued growth for all-Porsche category Carrera Cup organisers Cup Car Australia Pty Ltd have signed a two-year contract extension with V8 Supercar body AVESCO...

Carrera Cup re-signs as primary support to V8 Supercars
Newly signed deal ensures continued growth for all-Porsche category

Carrera Cup organisers Cup Car Australia Pty Ltd have signed a two-year contract extension with V8 Supercar body AVESCO to continue as the primary support category to the V8 Supercar Championship Series until the end of 2005.

The series, which is in its inaugural season in Australia in 2003, has been one of the success stories of the year, with large fields of identical Porsche GT3 Cup cars providing the perfect proving ground for stars of the future.

Cup Car CEO Jamey Blaikie and AVESCO Chairman Tony Cochrane today made the joint announcement at Mount Panorama, Bathurst, where round seven of the Carrera Cup is being held as a support to the Bob Jane T-Marts 1000 V8 Supercar classic.

"I think it's a testament to the growth and success of the category in the first year of the Carrera Cup that has led us to this further deal with AVESCO," said Blaikie.

"We provide the perfect alternative at the V8 Supercar meetings. There is the home-grown Holden versus Ford battle in the V8s and the Porsches provide not only a perfect category for young drivers wanting to get into V8s but without the budget, but also for drivers keen on going overseas and experienced racers looking for a competitive class.

"This new deal with AVESCO gives us further foundation to build upon. The grid sizes this season have exceeded even our own expectations and, with six 2004-model cars coming for next season, there's no reason why our grid sizes can't consistently be around the 35 car mark."

As a testament to the success and validity of the category, three of its top drivers have V8 Supercar drives at Bathurst this weekend.

Carrera Cup championship leader Jim Richards will be defending his 2002 Bathurst V8 Supercar crown in partnership with Tony Longhurst, while young guns Tim Leahey and Marcus Marshall will join Cameron McConville (Lansvale Racing Team) and Greg Ritter (Team Brock) respectively.

-cc.au-

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Series Porsche
Drivers Cameron McConville , Tim Leahey , Marcus Marshall , Jim Richards , Tony Longhurst , Greg Ritter , Bob Jane , Tony Cochrane