Categories: General Date: Jan 17, 2020 Title: KUMHO TYRE V8 TOURING CAR SERIES TO DEBUT AT MORGAN PARK
V8 TOURING CAR racing will make a long-anticipated debut at Morgan Park Raceway in Warwick, Queensland, this year.
Confirmation of the location of the Queensland Shannons Motorsport Australia Championships calendar means the series will visit the quick, challenging circuit just outside of the country Queensland city for the first time.
It will mark the first time that V8 Touring Cars will have actively raced at the venue, the Kumho Series to join categories including TCR Australia and the Touring Car Masters in a blockbuster weekend program.
Motorsport Australia and the Southern Downs Regional Council can today announce the Warwick based track has been confirmed to host a round of the rebranded Championships, which finalises the seven round calendar.
Taking place on 3-5 July 2020, the round will feature a number of national categories including TCR Australia Series, the Porsche Michelin Sprint Challenge and the Paynter Dixon Touring Car Masters, to name just three.
A special charity partner, the Queensland Country Women’s Association (CWA), a charity devoted to assist the needy within the region through funding, food or water and general support, will also be partnered with the Queensland event giving the round a real ‘community feel’. This will also be another opportunity for members of the motorsport community to rally behind the various bushfire impacted communities.
"It's exciting for the V8 Touring Cars to be heading to Warwick. It's a brand-new track for the category which means a level playing field for everyone and what should be some hugely competitive racing," Category Manager Liam Curkpatrick said.
"Add to the fact that V8 Touring Cars have never raced there, in any form, so this will be great for local fans who may not have had the chance to see these cars in action before.
"We're looking forward to embracing the region, the track and supporting the efforts of the CWA in raising funds across the weekend."
Shannons Motorsport Australia Championships Director Michael Smith was thrilled to have the final location for the 2020 season confirmed.
“Morgan Park will be a terrific location for the fifth round of the rebranded Shannons Motorsport Australia Championships in 2020,” Smith said.
“Together with the Southern Downs Regional Council and Morgan Park, we know this event will be a great success and we are extremely grateful to everyone at the Council for their support of this event.
“I’m also delighted that the Shannons Motorsport Australia Championships can support the local community once more through the partnership with CWA, as we know there are many people who have been doing it really tough as a result of the recent droughts in the area.
“Given the nature of this event, we know it will have a real community feel and we look forward to embracing that.
“We can’t wait to compete at Morgan Park next year and showcase some of the best Australian circuit racing for those in the Warwick region.”
Southern Downs Regional Council’s Yve Stocks, the council’s portfolio holder for Events, Sports and Recreation, was also delighted to be confirming the event would take place at Morgan Park.
“Having such a huge event like this certainly brings a lot of outside people into the region. Not only competitors, but also spectators, which is really good for our economy,” Cr Stocks explained.
“The economic benefit is one of the best things that will come out of the event and as a motorsport competitor myself, I can safely say the racing will definitely be exciting for spectators.
“Having a well-respected charity like the Queensland Country Women’s Association attached is also excellent as they do a wonderful job for the local community.
“We are proud to support the event because it helps our own community.”
As part of a recent announcement, the event will be part of the Seven Network’s free-to-air broadcast of the Shannons Motorsport Australia Championships, with a minimum of six hours to be televised throughout each race weekend in 2020.