The Australian Grand Prix Corporation today confirmed the inclusion of three of the world’s most entertaining motorsport support categories at next year’s Australian Grand Prix.
In addition to the exciting news of two Aussies on the F1 grid in Melbourne; event goers will be the real winners with support categories including the V8 Supercars, Porsche Carrera Cup and Group A–C Touring Cars.
Adding to this action-packed support category line up, spectators can also look forward to seeing the ever-popular Ultimate Speed Comparison, the classic Shannons Historic Demonstration and the Red Bull Race Off.
Australian Grand Prix Corporation (AGPC) CEO Andrew Westacott was thrilled to confirm yet another amazing line up of events, both on and off the track, for next year’s event.
“We look forward to welcoming back the V8 Supercars. The introduction of the new pit lane corporate facility, full pit stops and garages was a tremendous success in 2011,” he said.
“Motorsport fans can also look forward to a new support category in 2012, the Group A – Group C Touring Cars. In a first for Albert Park, these predecessors to V8 Supercars will thrill fans with an array of Commodores, Skylines and Sierras from the early 1970s through to the 1990s.”
Westacott also indicated that the Red Bull Race Off is set to be another spectacle with a star-studded line-up to be announced shortly.
The Red Bull Race Off is a novel concept that sees drivers going head-to-head in identical Mégane Renault Sport 250s in a five lap challenge around the Albert Park circuit.
“2012 will see six cars on track with a very special selection of Red Bull talent,” he said.
The 2011 Australian Grand Prix was the scene of the Porsche Carrera Cup’s opening round of the season, featuring 22 brand new Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars for the relaunch of the one-make Porsche championship.
Porsche Cars Australia Motorsport Manager, Jamey Blaikie, says the inclusion of the Porsche championship to the 2012 Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix was a high priority for the category.
“The Australian Grand Prix is one of the nation’s most prestigious sporting events and therefore a good fit for one of Australia’s premium motor racing categories – Carrera Cup,” said Blaikie.
With just under three months until the 2012 Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix, the Australian Grand Prix Corporation is committed to making next year’s event a complete entertainment experience that appeal to all levels of motorsport enthusiasts.
The complete track schedule will be finalised in the coming weeks. For more information on the 2012 Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix and the support category line-up, visit www.grandprix.com.au.
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