GT3 Series Information
Aim- To provide a place to race enabling the
enthusiast to step up from Club and State level
competition to National level in a cost
effective ‘no thrills’ Series with
Mission Statement- To deliver to the competitor enjoyment through
racing their Porsche in an economically
Description of Series- The Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Australia is
modeled on the internationally endorsed Porsche
series of the same name. The category is
professionally administered, however, the
primary objective is to provide a cost effective
place to ‘race with your mates’ with simple
rules & regulations, value for money and a real
focus on fair and enjoyable Porsche motor sport.
Eligible Competitors- To be an eligible competitor the person must: Not be a ‘seeded’ driver, Hold a CAMS minimum PC licence *(NC for Rd
1, 2010 at Mt Panorama, Bathurst)
Vehicle Eligibility- The Category features the
Porsche GT3 Cup car Type 997 as the benchmark
vehicle. 996 GT3 Cup car’s and all normally
aspirated Porsche models (996 and earlier) are
eligible to compete subject to power/weight
ratios and they must hold a suitable CAMS
Formula Ford was established in Great Britain in 1967, as a cost
effective starting point for young hopefuls beginning a career in
motor racing. Since then, the sport has rapidly grown to become the
world's premier junior development category.
Formula Ford is the accepted proving ground for future champions, on a
local and international level.
links with this country go back to the original series in the UK, the
1968 Guards Championship, which was won in an outstanding fashion by
young Australian driver, Tim Schenken. Schenken was the first of many
driving superstars to cut his teeth in the competitive category en
route to Formula One.
first Australian Formula Ford race was held at Sandown Raceway in
1969, won by Richard Knight in an Elfin 600, a precursor to his
victory the following year in the inaugural Australian Formula Ford
those early days many of the world's top drivers have come through the
ranks of Formula Ford to score major international successes.
less than eight World Formula One champions have come from the stables
of Formula Ford: Nigel Mansell, Ayrton Senna, Emerson Fittipaldi,
James Hunt, Jody Scheckter, Michael Schumacher, Damon Hill, Jacques
Villeneuve and Mikka Hakkinen have all competed in the junior racing
international pedigree of the Australian Championship is also alive
with Mark Webber another graduate of the category. More than ever, the
formative skills learnt at Formula Ford level prepare emerging young
drivers for successful careers, both locally and internationally.
Dunlop V8 Supercar Series
The Dunlop V8 Supercar Series is an Australian touring car competition, specifically
the second tier series for V8 Supercar competitors. Competing vehicles
are older than those utilised in the V8 Supercar Championship series
and are run by smaller teams with lower budgets. Approximately half
the teams are for 'gentleman racers', while some team owners will put
a young emerging driver into the car and team they own. The series
runs half the number of events that the V8 Supercar Championship runs.
The series was
first held in 2000, known originally as the Konica V8 Lites Series.
The first winner of the series was former Garry Rogers Motorsport
driver, Dean Canto.
Towards the end of
the original season Stone Brothers Racing entered a car for David
Besnard as preparation for the long distance races, in the main
V8Supercar series, the Queensland 500 and the Bathurst 1000, which
unlike the other races require two drivers for each competing vehicle.
Since then main series teams have used the series to help get their
endurance co-drivers up-to-speed, or have employed drivers competing
for other Fujitsu Series teams. While originally Fujitsu Series teams
were allowed to enter main series events, this has since been
discontinued as all main series events are limited to those teams
carrying valid franchise slots for the main series, although in
limited circumstances Fujitsu series teams have been able to lease
entries from main series teams.
The 2007 champion,
Tony D'Alberto, drove for the Tony D'Alberto Racing team, and like
many of his predecessors, graduated to the V8 Supercar series in 2008,
again with the family team.
For the 2009
series onward there will be no stand alone Dunlop Series events,
instead the whole series will be a support series for the top tier V8
Supercar Championship Series.
carries the colloquial title of 'Development Series' which was the
name given to the series by V8Supercar Australia between the 2004 and
2005 seasons. The colloquial title is referred to in many
conversations, even though there has never been a Development Series
race because a naming rights sponsor was found before the start of the