Representatives from the Confederation of Australian Motor Sport (CAMS), the Australian Motor Sports Commission (AMSC), circuit promoters and key motor racing categories were upbeat on Monday night following a constructive meeting held at Melbourne Airport to shape a National Racing Series for 2006.
An agreement was reached between the categories, the circuit promoters and CAMS, through the AMSC, to endorse a 10-event motor racing series in 2006. The key categories involved in the process included Formula 3, Production Car, Saloon Car, GT /Porsche Drivers Challenge and Commodore Cup.
Under the agreement, the races will be promoted by a partnership of the categories involved, the circuits and CAMS. Final negotiations between the circuits and the categories are ongoing and it is planned that a provisional calendar will be available within two weeks.
David Tait, AMSC Chairman, was particularly positive about the meeting.
"I was delighted at the support and enthusiasm shown by the categories and the circuits to join together to foster affordable, competitive racing on first rate circuits and facilities."
"Progress so far promises affordable racing with excellent TV coverage for a large number of competitors," said Tait.
Other representatives at the meeting were equally optimistic. Jeff Boulous, Oran Park General Manager said, "Oran Park is looking forward to working with CAMS and the categories to provide an entertaining spectacle for motor racing fans."
Jeff Mattner, Category Administrator for Formula 3, commented that he was very happy with the outcomes of the meeting.
"The way that the whole thing is moving forward is very promising and
2006 looks like being a bigger and better program. We are pleased that the Gold Star, the Australian Driver's Championship and the Formula 3 Championship are able to move forward in such a progressive manner."
A number of other National categories have expressed interest in competing on the program. It is anticipated that they will be selected on an invitational basis.