2004 calendar announced

The Australian Vee Eight Supercar Company (AVESCO) announced today the V8 Supercar Championship Series and Konica V8 Supercar Series 2004 calendars. The fantastic Clipsal 500 Adelaide will once again host the V8 Supercar Championship Series ...

The Australian Vee Eight Supercar Company (AVESCO) announced today the V8 Supercar Championship Series and Konica V8 Supercar Series 2004 calendars.

The fantastic Clipsal 500 Adelaide will once again host the V8 Supercar Championship Series season opener in late March.

The most significant changes to the 2004 calendar include the omission of a round at Phillip Island, the introduction of a round in Shanghai, the Peoples Republic of China and the relocation of the New Zealand round.

AVESCO CEO, Mr Wayne Cattach said the organisation had received more requests for rounds than could be accommodated.

"Our teams have stipulated they would not agree to increase the V8 Supercar season beyond thirteen rounds so unfortunately a round had to be dropped," Mr Cattach said.

"The biggest move in the calendar will see the New Zealand round move to the ANZAC weekend in late April to accommodate the Shanghai round later in the season.

"We have worked with the promoter IMG to reposition the New Zealand round to a satisfactory date earlier in the year.

"The completion date on construction of the Shanghai circuit has forced us to run the round in the last quarter of the year." Mr Cattach concluded.

The Betta Electrical Sandown 500 remains as the prelude to Bathurst after a successful return to its traditional date in 2003.

The final round of the 2004 V8 Supercar Championship Series will remain at Eastern Creek to once again be promoted by AVESCO Events.

All other championship rounds will retain their 2003 dates.

The 2004 Konica V8 Supercar Series calendar has revealed some major changes including a debut at Queensland Raceway as support to the V8 Supercar Championship Series.

The Konica V8 Supercars will also return to Eastern Creek Raceway but not with the Championship series, instead as part of the circuits Festival of Speed on May 29-30.

The Winton round of the Konica V8 Supercar Series will move from August to April and lay claim to the Easter Weekend.

Race formats, point scores and 2004 support categories for both series will be announced at the VIP Petfoods Main Event.

-AVESCO

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Series Supercars
Drivers Phillip Island