The Shannons Nationals returned to Mallala in April 2013
The exciting Shannons Nationals format is always a feature on the calendar at Mallala Motorsport Park as some of the best Australian racing categories come together as part of the Shannons Nationals and it did not dissapoint in 2013.
Categories that came to Mallala included: KumhoTyres Australian V8 Touring Cars (Saturday night race), Dial Before You Dig Australian Saloon Cars, Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge, Kerrick Sports Sedans & Australian Swift Racing Series.
Shannons Nationals Wrap HERE
Category information below;
The Kumho Tyres Australian V8 Touring Car Series (AV8TC) category grew from the fact that the AU Falcon and VT/VX Commodore V8 Supercars were to become ineligible to compete in the V8 Supercar Fujitsu Series. With so many 'de-registered' cars looking for a place to race, the V8TC Series was created in 2008.
Not only does the series provide a home for 'retired' and/or historically significant V8 Supercars, it enables teams/drivers to continue to race these iconic and exciting race cars, and just as importantly, it opens up another entry point for young drivers.
It was a sight to behold. Twenty Kumho Tyres supported V8 Touring Cars sitting on the grid last year at Mallala. Expect a bigger feild this year! www.v8touringcars.com.au
PUT TOGETHER a group of Porsche enthusiasts, a big grid and a focus on enjoyable motorsport and social interaction – and you only go some of the way to describing what the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Australia is all about.
Formed as a replacement for the Porsche Drivers Challenge in 2008, the GT3 Cup Challenge effortlessly managed to combine entertainment, affordability, strong competition and value for money in a fantastic inaugural season.
Modelled on the internationally endorsed Porsche series of the same name, the GT3 Cup Challenge was formed to fill a void for Porsche owners looking for ‘a place to race’. The goal was to get the cars out of sheds or workshops and put them on a racetrack in an enjoyable yet competitive and cost effective environment
THE KERRICK SPORTS SEDAN SERIES is one of the most exciting on the annual Shannons Nationals calendar. To watch these cars get the power to the ground and accelarate is a thing of beauty.
They will be fighting it out for the Clem Smith Cup at Mallala, With the introduction of the Clem Smith Cup a few years ago it has produced some epic battles amongst the feild, all trying to get their hands on the prestigious Cup
The AUSTRALIAN SUZUKI SWIFT RACING SERIES will be back and more exciting than ever.
Based on the fantastic New Zealand Swift Sport Cup, the series provides the best one make competition and cost effective racing series that we have seen for many years.
Typically of a one-make series, results ultimately come down to driver skill, which is a big reason why the category promoters are so intent on it becoming a logical stepping stone for aspiring young drivers looking to develop a name in Australian motorsport.
Keeping the Australian series aligned technically with New Zealand also provides an opportunity for both countries to develop a young driver path towards greater opportunities within touring car circuit racing not just in Australia, but internationally.
THE AUSTRALIAN SALOON CAR SERIES is an initiation to the traditional Ford vs Holden rivalry.
The Saloon Car concept was created late in 1998 by a group of enthusiasts who thought that relatively late model six cylinder Holden Commodores and Ford Falcons would make inexpensive and popular race cars at an entry level. A Board of Management was formed to administer the new category - it consisted of a National Administrator, Secretary, Treasurer and a representative from each state.
Saloon Cars are basically very simple. The vehicles are six cylinder production based model VT Commodore and AU Falcon sedans, slightly modified for competition, safety and reliability. The category is a full-on traditional battle between Holden and Ford that offers competitors high-speed thrills at a relatively low cost, and of course entertainment for the spectators. Saloon Car racing has brought to Australian Motor Sport something that has been needed for a long time; close, high-speed competition at a realistic cost. Saloon Cars are viewed as a vital step in Australian Touring Car racing.