Air Liquide has secured exclusive naming rights for the fifth and final round of the National Australian Sports Sedan Championship at Sandown Raceway over the weekend of October 7th and 8th. The Air Liquide National Sports Sedan Championship Round will run as a support race to the V8 Supercars' last point scoring round before Bathurst. This high profile weekend of racing will represent the ideal forum for both the Sports Sedan's grand finale and Air Liquide's debut into motorsport sponsorship.

Air Liquide is a global company specialising in industrial and medical gases and related services. Air Liquide operates in 60 countries, supplying oxygen, nitrogen, hydrogen and many other products and services to a variety of industries, including steel and oil refining, chemistry, metallurgy, electronics and aerospace, just to name a few.

It is the obvious synergy with motorsport, however, that helped forge the partnership with the National Australian Sports Sedan Association for this exciting event. Industrial gases are used extensively throughout the motor racing industry, particularly in applications such as welding and the manufacturing and modification of vehicles and components. Industrial gases also perform a vital role during race weekends with many teams opting for gas operated equipment in car preparation and pit stops.

"We believe an association with high profile motorsport in Australia will help increase public and industry awareness of the products and services we have to offer", says Dennis Cliche, Air Liquide's Managing Director in Australia, "and the Sports Sedan Championship Round at Sandown is a valuable opportunity for national exposure."

Tens of thousands of spectators will witness an awesome demonstration of horsepower and close racing action as 35 highly modified Sports Sedans thunder around the racetrack, all displaying prominent Air Liquide signage across the windscreen. The Australian Sports Sedan Association believes the sponsorship package will be highly effective in familiarising gas consumers with Air Liquide 's products and services.

"Motorsport represents a significant market to Air Liquide", commented NASSA President, Bill Emeny, " and this sponsorship gives the company a fantastic opportunity to support potential motorsport customers, while promoting its name to the general public."

Air Liquide is extending its support to include sponsorship of the Victorian Sports Sedan Association's 30 year Reunion, which will be held at Sandown Raceway on Thursday October 5th. Call Richard Catchlove on 03 9328 1555 for further information and ticket details.

For further information on the Air Liquide National Sports Sedan Championship Round sponsorship, please contact:
Richard Catchlove, President ASSA Vic Inc.
Phone: 03 9328 1555
Fax: 03 9328 3862

Friday, June 09, 2000

Dear Competitor,

It is pleasing to bring you another newsletter and updated pointscore so soon following round 2 at Winton. One of the first things I did when I returned Tuesday morning was to check the results on Racetime and I was nearly happy that I missed the meeting as it obviously rained all day. I reckon you should have all come to Arizona with me as it hasn't rained there since about last July and it was 110 farenheit or more every day. The greenest desert in the world is the Arizona desert, if you call Cactus greenery.

Whilst we need to adapt to all conditions I am sure that I speak for all when I say it is far more enjoyable, safer and sometimes cheaper to race in the dry. Trying to tame over 500 ft lbs torque in a 1,000 kilogram car is tricky and the margin between being fast and being in the sandpit, or worse, is very thin. It would appear from the timesheets Stephen Voight found that margin as he was the quickest car in 2 races and the second quickest in 1. A decent result only came in race 2 however despite being an incredible 2 seconds per lap clear of the next fastest lap time. Race 1 saw a newcomer in Peter Elvey post fastest lap in a Ford Escort. From memory this is a 2 litre car so congratulations to Peter who benefited from the conditions. I understand Stephen drove Barry Jamesons Falcon so I expect all the work Barry has put in from datalogging shocks is proving worthwhile. Previously Barry has also used V8 Supercar wets to great effect so maybe he did that again also.

Tony Ricciardello is back up the top of the chart again by putting in 3 solid performances including 2 wins. As I suspected after round one Darren Hossack is keeping the older (if you can call Tony older) hands honest is accumulating some valuable points with podium finishes. Darren' is only 7 points short of Tony and we still have 3 more rounds. Kerry Baily and the new Nissan 300ZX obviously did not like the rain but the speed was certainly there in dry qualifying. Kerry has slipped back to 3rd a few points in front of Des Wall. What this all means is that we now have an intriguing championship situation with at least 4 competitors that still have a solid winning chance. Roll on Mallala so we all can get serious again.

CAMS did their first batch of blood tests in Adelaide at the Clipsal 500 meeting. The Australian Sports Drug Agency conducted the tests under the guidelines published in "Drug testing: an athletes guide". If you have any concern, as you may be tested at some time, you can obtain this brochure from the ASDA. Their contacts are:
Phone 02 6206 0200
Fax 02 6206 0201

The NASSA Internet site is up and running again. I will be adding the updated points and this newsletter soon. The address is: Thanks are due to Mark Walker and Martin Phoenix for making our site a reality.

Bill Emeny and Grant Munday met with CAMS Motor Racing Committee Executive [MRCE] on 10th May. The subjects covered included:

  • Category Management
    1. Maintaining a 5-6 round championship
    2. Late availability of racing calendars
    3. Eligibility
  • Sports Sedan Construction Standards Particularly engineering standards at state championship level and
  • Minimum Weights of Vehicles

    Interestingly enough minimum weight is a subject that I raised in our last newsletter although I had no idea that CAMS was going to raise the subject on the MRCE agenda. The minutes went on to say that the FIA has several procedures in place to determine the minimum vehicle weights for different capacity classes and has asked that these be investigated further. In addition, they have asked us to provide a submission as to how a minimum weight structure could be introduced with the minimum amount of disruption.

    I guess this means that the day has come to take this matter seriously and create our own procedure. If we do not we risk having a procedure forced upon us by CAMS. I suspect that the state delegates will meet at Mallala and get the ball rolling on this issue. If you want to have input on this eventual ruling then I suggest that you do something that seems to be completely foreign to all sports sedan competitors in recent history, that is to write down your constructive thoughts and suggest a solution. I am not offering any bribe money this time (not that it helped last year anyway) so you will have to get your motivation to write your submission this time out of greed or fear.

    To start the ball rolling lets revisit the old rules from 20 years ago, they were:

    6000cc 1155kg 5500cc 1115kg
    5000cc 1065kg 4500cc 1025kg
    3500cc 915kg 3000cc 860kg
    2500cc 800kg up to 2000cc 735k

    I would suggest that something less than the previous would be in order. As a suggestion

    5500 - 6000cc 1080kg power to weigh @ 0.60 hp per kilo = 648 hp
    5000 - 5500cc 1020kg power to weigh @ 0.59 hp per kilo = 601 hp
    4500 - 5000cc 950kg power to weigh @ 0.57 hp per kilo = 541 hp
    3500 - 4500cc 900kg power to weigh @ 0.50 hp per kilo = 450 hp
    2500 - 3500cc 800kg power to weigh @ 0.45 hp per kilo = 360 hp
    up to 2500cc 720kg power to weigh @ 0.40 hp per kilo = 280 hp

    All the horsepower numbers are achievable at the top end of the capacity bracket and whilst the smaller capacities have less horsepower per kilo they get to benefit from better braking and better cornering ability. Whilst this may not yet be perfect it may be a good place to start the debate. What are your thoughts, please let me know. If you say nothing I just might submit the above to the next delegates meeting and it just might get voted on and passed. It is no use whining then, you need to whine NOW!

    I look forward to seeing you all again at Mallala 8th & 9th July for round 3.

    Phil Crompton