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Old 1 Jul 2005, 05:46 (Ref:1344435)   #1
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This just in from AVESCO:

July 1 2005



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An advance party led by Australian Vee Eight Supercar Company (AVESCO) Chairman Tony Cochrane to the Middle East has returned to confirm the likely staging of a race in 2007.



The outstanding success of the V8 Supercar Championship Series in China just over a fortnight ago buoyed the party which went virtually straight from Shanghai to visit several undisclosed locations in the Middle East region.



“It was a huge success and proves what a truly international series we now are” Mr Cochrane said of the reconnaissance mission.



“This is our third trip to the Middle East to meet with senior delegates from several countries who have expressed an interest in the V8 Supercar Championship Series.



“Those we met with were telling us how much regard they have for our World class product. Their level of awareness of our Series is really quite amazing. They are extremely familiar with what we do.



“The success of China proved to us that we are ready to go again, it’s just a matter of when. We’ve had our first experience of airlifting 32 cars, hundreds of tonnes of equipment and more than 400 people to another part of the world.



“That has prepared us to consider any country in the Indian, Asian and Pacific Basins to be our stage.”



Mr Cochrane was still coming down from the event at the Shanghai International Circuit where more than 100,000 spectators came to see what V8 Supercars were all about over the three days.



“The feedback from our teams, those who went along, the drivers and all manner of people has been quite incredible. Our office has been getting a dozens of communications of congratulations every single day and still is two weeks later,” he said.



“It was a very significant stake that we planted in the ground in China. It has made us realise, believe it or not, that even we at AVESCO perhaps underestimate our own profile around the World and our own international potential as an Australian sporting export.



“Having said that we are very conscience of our Australian fan base and their needs. We have always said that we will ensure there are 10 races permanently in Australia and four overseas, including New Zealand.



“Our commitment is to race in every state in Australia at least once every year, full stop. This is our stated goal. This ensures we remain a truly national sport and that every state has the opportunity to come and witness our great Championship first hand.



“AVESCO’s commitment is to keep seeking out the best facilities for our teams, television, sponsors and especially our growing band of fans. The China event at the $500 million Shanghai International Circuit, a similar venue in the Middle East and the upgrading of Bathurst has raised the bar for all Australian venues.”

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Old 1 Jul 2005, 06:01 (Ref:1344437)   #2
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We are going to have tanks painted in the team colours and race these around the track. Just need help with the controlled tyre or should I say track. LOL

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Old 1 Jul 2005, 06:08 (Ref:1344439)   #3
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There will be changes to the track configuration in China next year.
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Old 1 Jul 2005, 06:19 (Ref:1344443)   #4
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There will be changes to the track configuration in China next year.
What did you think of the China event? I thought it was OK, great venue etc, but the racing was just racing, nuthing special.
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Old 1 Jul 2005, 07:28 (Ref:1344482)   #5
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What changes ? the full GP circuit ?
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Old 1 Jul 2005, 07:37 (Ref:1344487)   #6
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What changes ? the full GP circuit ?
It's being looked at now. No one knows what changes will be made yet.
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Old 1 Jul 2005, 09:00 (Ref:1344519)   #7
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the racing was just racing, nuthing special.
Mate, it was special. We saw the first V8 Supercar doing some air time thanks to a gravel trap (ie, Greg Murphy, Super Cheap Auto Racing).
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Old 1 Jul 2005, 09:16 (Ref:1344527)   #8
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craig lowndes did that a sandown many years ago except he put in a double twist and quintriple somersault and all in the pike position
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Old 1 Jul 2005, 10:17 (Ref:1344583)   #9
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peckstar I think that you find that Lowdnes spin was at Calder. But I agree with sandgroper the China race was pretty boring.
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Old 1 Jul 2005, 10:52 (Ref:1344603)   #10
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Well if you saw The PanelBeaters tonight the teams are very happy with the China rumble.
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what are the chances of that. i type calder and it comes out sandown. stupid me.

God bless the front guard sponsor of team tasman.

the racing did seem dull though there was passing and it would have been enjoyable to see murf ambrose and bright coming through the field

i do wonder though if it had something to do with the fords not being in the mix
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http://www.thesundaymail.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5936,15799572%255E2764,00.ht



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A V8 Supercar Championship in the Middle East in 2007 is not a matter of if, but where.

Chairman of the Australian Vee Eight Supercar Company, Tony Cochrane, and several motorsport executives have just returned from a reconnaissance mission to the Middle East.

Cochrane is confident his vision to spread the Australian series further overseas will come to fruition.

Several locations in the Middle East are bidding to host the event, including Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Qatar and, although a deal is not yet clinched, Bahrain is the clear favourite.

"It was a huge success and proves what a truly international series we now are," Cochrane said.

"This is our third trip to the Middle East to meet with senior delegates from several countries who have expressed an interest in the V8 Supercar Championship Series.

"Those we met with were telling us how much regard they have for our world-class product.

"The success of China (in June) proved to us that we are ready to go again. It's just a matter of when.

"That has prepared us to consider any country in the Indian, Asian and Pacific basins to be our stage."

With a regular race in New Zealand, Shanghai contracted for another four years, the Middle East in 2007 and a possible race in Africa in the future, Cochrane is edging closer to his goal of making the V8 Supercar Championship the world's premier touring car series, if it isn't already.

"It was a very significant stake that we planted in the ground in China," he said.

"It has made us realise, believe it or not, that even we at AVESCO perhaps underestimate our own profile around the world and our own international potential as an Australian sporting export.

"Having said that, we are very conscious of our Australian fan base and their needs.

"We have always said that we will ensure there are 10 races permanently in Australia and four overseas, including New Zealand.

"Our commitment is to race in every state in Australia at least once every year.

"The China event at the $500 million Shanghai International Circuit, a similar venue in the Middle East and the upgrading of Bathurst has raised the bar for all Australian venues."
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Old 3 Jul 2005, 06:52 (Ref:1345779)   #13
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Old 3 Jul 2005, 07:35 (Ref:1345791)   #14
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Just a side note, Aussie Bernie is blowing his own trumpet at the size of the China crowd(Though I really do belive that there was only about 90,000 at china). But my piont is that there was 85,000 at the Greece round of the WRC at 1 time and not over 3days, so if I am not wrong 85,000 at one event compared to 90,000 over 3 days. I think that the WRC is a bigger draw than the v8 supertaxi.
What will Aussie Bernie response to this be ( BLOODY NOTHING).
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Old 3 Jul 2005, 08:19 (Ref:1345808)   #15
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It's all well and good to say that there will be 10 races in Australia every year, it's just that he is forgetting that only 10 touring car races a year in Australia for the top competitors is the fewest history......
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