THERE MAY only be one round of the Shannons Australian Motor Racing Nationals in Queensland each year but each and every year it's one not to be missed.
The fastest tin-tops around will also return to QR the stars of the Kerrick Sports Sedan Series in the middle of the most competitive title fight the big bangers have seen for years.
Tony Ricciardello's famous Alfa continues his quest for title number nine, while young-gun Tom Randle continues to charge in his Chev-powered SAAB. The joker in the pack could be Jack Perkins, the V8 star to fill in for Darren Hossack in the Audi A4 that is a multiple QR race winner in the past.
Endurance racing plays a role in the QR Shannons Nationals weekend, too the annual fight in the night for the Australian Manufacturers Championship (AMChamp) to return again for a 200km race on Saturday evening, before doing it all again on Sunday afternoon.
Meanwhile, the Jim Richards Endurance Trophy will be decided amongst the competitors of the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge presented by Pirelli, with 45-minute race into the Saturday twilight to precede the AMChamp enduro.
The all-Porsche championship has been intensely competitive this year, with big grids and competitive racing amongst stars like Ryan Simpson, Geoff Emery, Jon McCorkindale, John Goodacre and 17-year-old rising star, Dylan O'Keefe.
There will be wheel to wheel racing from the six-cylinder Holdens and Fords of the Dial Before you Dig Australian Super Six Touring Car Series, where second-generation racer Ben Grice is making an impact having dominated the most recent round in Sydney last month.
Sports Car fans are well catered for thanks to the pocket rockets of the Australian Sports Racer Series the lightweight, nimble, LeMans-style sports cars set to be amongst the fastest cars at QR all weekend.
And finally, open wheel fans are well looked after thanks to the return of the Australian Formula 3 and Australian Formula Ford Championships to QR.
Formula 3 is in the middle of an intense title battle between young guns Ricky Capo and Jon Collins, while the Formula Ford field is on the receiving end of a beating by Canberra youngster, Cameron Hill who has won every race in the past two rounds.
So, with V8's, production cars, Sports Sedan specials, Sports Cars, open wheelers of every type, exotic Porsche's and long-distance racing round five of the Shannons Nationals really does have it all.
Tickets are available at the gate from just $20.00 on Saturday, $30.00 on Sunday or $40.00 for the full weekend. Check out www.thenationals.com.au for the full program, entry lists and all the news and views in the lead up to the event.. in the meantime, we'll see you at QR!
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