Shannons eyes super Sandown return

Thursday 15 September, 2022
Photos: Speed Shots Photography
The Shannons Motorsport Australia Championships is back and Sandown International Raceway hosts the next stop on the calendar.
 
There is plenty to look forward to this weekend with six categories expected to put on a show for a Victorian fan base starved of national level motorsport over the past two years.
 
Fans will be treated to a bumper schedule with a massive entry list of 125 teams and drivers spread across the categories.
 
Making up the list of categories are the Supercheap Auto TCR Australia Series, Turtlewax Trans Am Series, Australian Production Cars, Porsche Michelin Sprint Challenge Australia, the Gulf Western Oils Touring Car Masters and the Fanatec GT World Australia Challenge (Motorsport Australia GT Championship).
 
Click here to view the entry lists.
 
Beginning on Friday with practice and qualifying, most categories will get three races throughout the weekend, with the exception being the GTs, which have one hour-long race on both Saturday and Sunday.
 
The TCM schedule also differs slightly from the remaining four categories, with a special trophy race on Saturday morning preceding its official three races.
 
All three days of the event begin just after 9am and conclude before 5:30pm AEST, giving spectators non-stop action to enjoy with very little downtime.
 
With Saturday being the largest day, there will be a large collection of Hyundai’s gracing the famous Sandown circuit through the special Hyundai N Parade Laps to run in the morning.
 
In another win for spectators, there will be three grid walks across the weekend that are open to all, allowing attendees to get close to some of the stars of the country right before they go to battle.
 
The first opportunity us on Saturday afternoon ahead of TCR’s first race before another two opportunities on Sunday, one in the morning before Porsche’s final race and the other in the afternoon ahead of TCR’s final race, which also serves as the grand finale of the event.
 
Click here to view the schedule.

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There are plenty of tickets available for those interested in attending the event, with both daily admissions and weekend passes on offer at motorsporttickets.com.au.
 
Covered grand stand seating is free and included in the cost of the ticket.
 
Friday’s action remains free to the public, however individuals are encouraged to secure their free ticket before turning up to the venue, while children under the age of 16 can enjoy free access all weekend.
 
Click here to purchase tickets.
 
Those unable to attend can watch Saturday and Sunday’s action via the Stan Sport live stream from 11am AEST, while 9Go/9Gem will be broadcasting Saturday afternoon’s races from 3pm and 5pm.
 
Fans also keep up to date with the live results via the Shannons Motorsport Australia Championships’ social channels and website.
 
Motorsport Australia Director of Motorsport and Commercial Operations Michael Smith was looking forward to what was fast becoming a grand event.
 
“It’s been a long time since we have been at Sandown Raceway for an official Shannons Motorsport Australia Championships event and it’s shaping up to be quite a big weekend,” Smith said.
 
“We encourage race fans to get down to the iconic circuit and enjoy some of the best drivers in the country going up against each other in some of the most entertaining categories within Australia.”
 
The Shannons Motorsport Australia Championships visit to Sandown International Raceway takes place on 16-18 September. 
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