By 1:32 PM Mon 8 November, 2010
Source: V8 Supercars Australia
The V8 Supercar Championship has been given landmark approval for long term expansion to 12 events in Australasia and six internationally after the world governing body endorsed the sport with international status from 2011.
The Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA), at last week’s meeting of the World Motor Sport Council, voted unanimously to recognise V8 Supercars as an international category, paving the way for further growth.
The significant decision means V8 Supercars can now compete at up to six international venues and 12 Australasian events each year. The decision stands for the next five years.
“This is tremendous news for the sport and we thank the FIA for their endorsement and recognition of V8 Supercars as a major international player, particularly in the Asia Pacific region,” V8 Supercars CEO Martin Whitaker said.
“Our sport is generating strong growth across younger audiences, the highly successful Rock’n’Race format, incredible racing, strong grids and varied race formats. We also have tremendous differentiators across all of our events whether they are in Australia or overseas.
“After an enormous amount of hard work by CAMS and with the support of the FIA Touring Car Commission this gives V8 Supercars flexibility in exploring further expansion of the sport.
“V8 Supercars is the most high profile motorsport category in the Asia Pacific region and we thank the FIA for their consideration in elevating the status of our sport accordingly. The tremendous contribution of CAMS in liaising with the FIA has been invaluable and we thank them for their ongoing support of V8 Supercars.
“Australia and New Zealand remain our absolute priority in terms of where we race although the new status means we can move forward with confidence when exploring growth outside of Australasia.”
In 2011, V8 Supercars races at two international venues, Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi and the Hamilton Street circuit in New Zealand, and 12 Australian tracks as well as at the Australian Grand Prix.
The 2011 V8 Supercar calendar:
Feb 10-12: Yas V8 400, Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi UAE
Mar 17-20: Clipsal 500, Adelaide Parklands, Adelaide (F)
Mar 24-27: Australian Grand Prix, Albert Park, Melbourne*
April 15-17: ITM 400 Hamilton, Hamilton, NZ
May 6-8: Barbagallo Raceway, Perth (F)
May 20-22: Winton Motor Raceway, Winton, Victoria
June 17-19: SkyCity Triple Crown, Hidden Valley, Darwin
July 8-10: Sucrogen Townsville 400, Reid Park, Townsville (F)
Aug 19-21: Queensland Raceway, Ipswich (F)
Sep 16-18: L&H 500, Phillip Island, Victoria
Oct 6-9: Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000, Mount Panorama, Bathurst (F)
Oct 21-23: Armor All Gold Coast 600, Surfers Paradise, Queensland
Nov 11-13: Falken Tasmania Challenge, Symmons Plains, Launceston
Nov 18-20: Norton 360 Sandown Challenge, Sandown Raceway, Melbourne (F)
Dec 2-4: Sydney Telstra 500, Sydney Olympic Park, Sydney (F)