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Old 15 Nov 2016, 01:11 (Ref:3688113)   #1
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2017 Australian GT Championship

I thought it'd be a good time to start a 2017 series thread following the strong announcement from GT boss Tony Quinn about the direction of the series and separating itself as just another V8Supercar support series after issues in being able to ensure scheduling and track time at Supercar events. More here:
GT Series to stand on its own feet

Amongst the calendar announcement is:
- Opening round at the Clipsal race
- Support category again at the Australian GP at Albert Park
- Good news for Tassie motorsport fans with the series visiting Symmons Plains in September
- A finale at Highlands Park in November
- No visit to WA

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Date Series Track
March 2-5 CAMS AGT Championship Adelaide Parklands
March 23-26 CAMS AGT Championship Albert Park
April 7-9 CAMS AGT Trophy Series Sandown
May 26-28 CAMS GT Endurance Championship Phillip Island
June 9-11 CAMS AGT Trophy Series Winton
July 7-9 CAMS GT Endurance Championship Sydney Motorsport Park
August 4-6 CAMS AGT Championship Queensland Raceway
August 19-20 CAMS AGT Trophy Series Winton
September 1-3 CAMS AGT Championship Symmons Plains
September 8-10 CAMS AGT Trophy Series Phillip Island
October 27-29 CAMS GT Endurance Championship Hampton Downs
November 4-5 CAMS Australian GT Trophy Series Wakefield Park
November 10-11 CAMS Australian GT Championship Highlands Motorsport Park
November 10-12 CAMS GT Endurance Championship Highlands Motorsport Park
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Old 15 Nov 2016, 01:37 (Ref:3688118)   #2
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Bit of a concentration on Victorian tracks there... whats the geographical spread of competitors?
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Old 15 Nov 2016, 01:41 (Ref:3688119)   #3
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Without looking too far into it, off the top of my head I'd say Queensland and Victoria?

Another point, with so many standalone meetings, will the Aussie Racers be used as supports for these meetings?
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any news of a TV package?

At this stage we will see more of the trophy series on TV

Hopefully we wont get a clash between the two series (shannons and Quinns) like we did this last weekend
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Without looking too far into it, off the top of my head I'd say Queensland and Victoria?

Another point, with so many standalone meetings, will the Aussie Racers be used as supports for these meetings?
I've added to the calendar the events that I could find that Aus GT are a part of. Only two standalone meetings that are specifically Aus GT, the rest are a combination of supports and running on the Shannons Nationals card.

Date Series Track
March 2-5 CAMS AGT Championship Adelaide Parklands (Clipsal 500)
March 23-26 CAMS AGT Championship Albert Park (F1 GP)
April 7-9 CAMS AGT Trophy Series Sandown (Shannons Nationals)
May 26-28 CAMS GT Endurance Championship Phillip Island (Shannons Nationals)
June 9-11 CAMS AGT Trophy Series Winton (Shannons Nationals)
July 7-9 CAMS GT Endurance Championship Sydney Motorsport Park (Shannons Nationals)
August 4-6 CAMS AGT Championship Queensland Raceway (Shannons Nationals)
August 19-20 CAMS AGT Trophy Series Winton (Standalone*)
September 1-3 CAMS AGT Championship Symmons Plains (Standalone)
September 8-10 CAMS AGT Trophy Series Phillip Island (Shannons Nationals)
October 27-29 CAMS GT Endurance Championship Hampton Downs (Standalone)
November 4-5 CAMS Australian GT Trophy Series Wakefield Park (Shannons Nationals)
November 10-11 CAMS Australian GT Championship Highlands Motorsport Park (Standalone)
November 10-12 CAMS GT Endurance Championship Highlands Motorsport Park (Standalone)

*Whilst the date on the Speedcafe calendar is August 19-20th, Shannons Nationals are the weekend afterwards. Possibly a typo at some stage of the process.
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any news of a TV package?

At this stage we will see more of the trophy series on TV

Hopefully we wont get a clash between the two series (shannons and Quinns) like we did this last weekend

I'm sure you'd love to see more of the Trophy Series on the telly as you'd see more of your beloved GT4s.

I really hope we avoid a repeat of this years Highlands where it wasn't televised at all (perhaps in NZ I'm not sure) because to miss out on the drama of a race where most of the titles were up for grabs was pretty disappointing.

Kudos for the live stream at Hamptons though, it was fantastic watching live as Scud and Dave Russell took a great win in the Lambo. I'm sure that's not cheap so without a sponsor etc I can see why it's not for every race.
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Great news for the category. After a breakout 2016, 2017 is shaping up to grow even more.

Quinn didnt speak to highly about the V8SC experience. A lesson for all there.
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I've added to the calendar the events that I could find that Aus GT are a part of. Only two standalone meetings that are specifically Aus GT, the rest are a combination of supports and running on the Shannons Nationals card.
Nice Bludvl, thanks. Certainly strengthens the Shannons Nationals, who webcast each round I believe.
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Release on Shannons nationals site

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Nice Bludvl, thanks. Certainly strengthens the Shannons Nationals, who webcast each round I believe.
That they do, through www.thenationals.com.au

The Nationals are proving to be a good framework for AusGT to run with, meaning that the organisation of the meeting is sorted along with other categories to run, broadcasting et al, leaving GT to come and do their thing. It's gotta be easier than TQ taking the entire series out on its own, at least for the moment.
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That they do, through www.thenationals.com.au

The Nationals are proving to be a good framework for AusGT to run with, meaning that the organisation of the meeting is sorted along with other categories to run, broadcasting et al, leaving GT to come and do their thing. It's gotta be easier than TQ taking the entire series out on its own, at least for the moment.
I think its important to remember that only 3(out of 9) of the main series races/events are at the Shannons Nationals events. 4 will be at stand alone events (the other 2 being Clipsal and the GP)

The 5 trophy series races will also be on at Shannons events (Same as this year), but they haven't exactly been packed grids. at least two of the 5 events had less than ten cars (lucky the MARCS were there) I guess we might have a few GT4s driving next in 2017 (hopefully a Stang) which might help and the SLS is eligible for the trophy series

It will be interesting to see how the Tassie round goes, hopefully the Tasmanian will come out to watch, reasonable gap between v8s and GT3 race there so they shouldn't cannibalise each other.
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Except the two that are on TV
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Might be a clever tie-in all round with Speedcafe. You'd imagine they will become a large(r) news hub for the series next year.
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