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
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
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
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: www.life.com.au
Thanks are due to Mark Walker and Martin Phoenix for making our site a
Bill Emeny and Grant Munday met with CAMS Motor Racing Committee Executive
[MRCE] on 10th May. The subjects covered included:
1. Maintaining a 5-6 round championship
2. Late availability of racing calendars
Sports Sedan Construction Standards
Particularly engineering standards at state championship level
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
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
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