AUSTRALIAN GT RELEASE UPDATED CALENDAR
The Australian GT Championship has seen a mass calendar re-shift as a majority of both the Sprint and Endurance Championships will now appear as part of a support to the Supercars Championship.
The entire Australian GT Championship will support Supercars, bar the Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix where both are a support. The season starts off at the Clipsal 500 before heading to Albert Park for the Australian Grand Prix, then trips to Barbagallo and Townsville make up rounds three and four, respectively. The GT Championship will conclude at the Sandown 500 in September.
The Australian Endurance Championship will head to Phillip Island for a 500km race as part of the Shannons Nationals and then will join the Supercars at Sydney Motorsport Park for a 501km race to make up the CAMS AEC Australian 1001.
The AEC than ventures over to New Zealand for the final two rounds, a 500km race at Hampton Downs and a 501km race at Highlands Motorsport Park to form the CAMS AEC New Zealand 1001.
“We have accepted the requests of the competitors and worked with Supercars to ensure our racing formats are accommodated,” explained Australian GT manager Ken Collier.
After discussions with competitors on Monday, the calendar has been adjusted to quell the concerns of some competitors regarding level of TV coverage.
2017 CAMS Australian GT Championship calendar
1. Clipsal 500, Adelaide (March 2-5)
2. Rolex Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix, Melbourne (March 23-26)
3. Perth SuperSprint, Barbagallo (May 5-7)
4. Townsville 400, Townsville (July 7-9)
5. Sandown 500, Sandown, (September 15-17)
2017 CAMS Endurance Championship calender
1. AEC Phillip Island 500, Phillip Island (May 26-28) 2. AEC 501 Sydney, Sydney Motorsport Park (August 18-20) 3. Hampton Downs 500, Hampton Downs (October 27-29) 4. Highlands 501, Highlands Motorsport Park (November 10-12)
Date posted: January 19, 2017