V8 Supercars Return For The 25th Anniversary of Calder Park Championship Racing on July 15 June 28, 2001 - Australia's fastest roadshow, the Shell Championship Series (SCS) returns to Melbourne's Calder Park Raceway on July 14 & 15. The ...
V8 Supercars Return For The 25th Anniversary of Calder Park Championship Racing on July 15
June 28, 2001 - Australia's fastest roadshow, the Shell Championship Series (SCS) returns to Melbourne's Calder Park Raceway on July 14 & 15. The V8 Supercars will compete in the 25th running of an Australian Touring Car Championship round (now known as the Shell Championship Series) at this exciting venue.
From the first Calder Park Touring Car round in 1969 won by circuit owner and Motorsport Hall of Fame inductee Bob Jane in a Mustang, to the 2000 SCS round winner Steven Richards in a Commodore, Calder Park has been the traditional Melbourne home of V8 Supercar racing.
The 25th anniversary of Calder Park's hosting of Australia's major motor racing series will be the best ever judging by the fierce competition seen so far during the first half of the 2001 Shell Series. Victorian Holden Racing Team driver Mark Skaife holds on to a narrow lead in the Championship pointscore, but a fighting challenge has been mounted this season by the Ford camp, with Shell Helix Racing's Paul Radisich scoring a trifecta of victories in Perth last week. Gibson Motorsport's triple V8 Supercar Champion Craig Lowndes, Pirtek Racing's star rookie Marcus Ambrose and veteran Ford Champion Glenn Seton will also be strong in Ford powered machines at Calder Park.
This Victorian event of the Shell Series calendar will mark the start of the business end of Australia's most popular motor racing series. Holden Racing Team driver Jason Bright is second in the Shell Championship Series points standings and is looking forward to returning to Calder Park, the site of many previous victories for the Victorian ace.
"I'm looking forward to racing at Calder Park as it is one of our test circuits, so we should have a pretty good handle on it. I don't want to let Skaifey get too much of a break on me in the Championship so this round is a good opportunity for me to make up some ground and stay close in the title fight," Bright said.
Calder Park Raceway will feature a full weekend of motor racing entertainment on July 14 & 15, including Saloon Cars, Formula Holden, Formula Ford and HQ Sedans. This combination of quality support events is sure to keep even the most ardent motor racing fans pleased, making this celebration of motorsport one that is definitely not to be missed.
"We have assembled a non stop motor racing carnival for our Shell Series round that won't disappoint racing fans. The greatest show on wheels is coming to town supported by no less than four categories of front line Australian motorsport, a fitting way to mark the 25th anniversary of Championship racing at Calder Park," says Peter Bridge, Calder Park Events Manager.
Calder Park Raceway is located 24 kilometres west of Melbourne in an easy drive along the Calder Freeway. Abundant free parking is available at the venue.
Shuttle buses will be operating on raceday, Sunday July 15, from St Albans Railway Station starting at 9:00am, with the last bus leaving Calder Park for St Albans Station at 5:35pm.
Adult tickets are available from Ticketec: Saturday $25 each (plus $10 pit access), Sunday $35 each (plus $25 pit access) with children 13 years of age and under admitted free of charge in line with Calder Park Motorsport policy. Tickets will also be available at Calder Park. <pre> 25 Australian Touring Car Championship / Shell Championship Series Round Winners At Melbourne'S Calder Park Raceway
1969 Bob Jane - Mustang 1970 Allan Moffat - Mustang 1971 Norm Beechey - Monaro 1972 Bob Jane - Camaro 1973 Allan Moffat - Falcon Gtho 1974 Peter Brock - Torana XU-1 1975 Allan Grice - Torana L34 1977 Allan Moffat - Falcon Xbgt 1978 Bob Morris - Torana A9X 1979 Peter Brock - Torana A9X 1980 Peter Brock - Commodore VB 1981 Peter Brock - Commodore VC 1982 Dick Johnson - Falcon XD 1983 Allan Moffat - Mazda RX-7 1985 Jim Richards - Bmw 635Csi 1986 George Fury - Skyline Turbo 1987 Glenn Seton - Skyline Turbo 1988 Dick Johnson - Sierra RS500 1996 Russell Ingall - Commodore VR 1997 Wayne Gardner - Commodore VS 1998 Craig Lowndes - Commodore VS 1999 Mark Skaife - Commodore VT 2000 Steven Richards - Commodore VT 2001 ...................................