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2013 F3ADC Schedule Announced   
Story By: F3 Media Release  Date: 09/01/2013 at 3:29:24 PM 
  

AUSTRALIA’S Premier Open-Wheel category, the Formula 3 Australian Drivers Championship for the CAMS Gold Star award, has today announced a seven-round national championship with a focus on building exposure for competitors.

The 2013 Championship will criss-cross the nation, visiting several events that have established a traditional place on the Formula 3 calendar, along with several that offer large attendances and a high profile for those competing.

The series has also announced a significantly enhanced Television package that will deliver increased exposure to all parties involved in the championship.

The 2013 Championship will commence at the Bathurst Motor Festival across the Easter long weekend in a significant weekend in Mount Panorama’s history.

The event coincides with the 75th anniversary of the first race meeting held on the Mountain and Formula 3 organisers will be working with Motor Festival promoters to include a Gold Star heritage aspect to the celebrations.

Formula 3 Management will also christen a new trophy to be awarded to the round winner that links in with a surprisingly rich – yet not well known – Gold Star tradition in Bathurst.

From Bathurst the series will cross Bass straight to return to Symmons Plains Raceway with the V8 Supercars just one week later, in a back-to-back double header.

In June the third annual City of Darwin F3 Cup will be contested as part of the Skycity Triple Crown V8 Supercar weekend at Hidden Valley Raceway, wings and slicks racing quickly becoming a fan favourite amongst Territorians.

The second half of the season will see the Formula 3 Australian Drivers Championship rejoin the Shannons Nationals bill en masse, the remaining four rounds to be held with the ever-growing series.

A key position at the brand new Australian six-hour event at Sydney Motorsport Park in July will be followed with a blockbuster round at Queensland Raceway in August – that includes categories like Australian GT, the Kumho V8s, Porsche GT3 Cup and Australian Manufacturers Championship.

A now-traditional September visit to Australia’s quickest track – Phillip Island – will be finished by a title decider in Suburban Melbourne at Sandown Raceway.

The calendar has been designed to feature circuits favorable to producing competitive Formula 3 racing and offering drivers a wide-array of challenges, from the true European-style aero circuits like Phillip Island and Sydney Motorsport Park, to the exciting, low downforce slipstreaming style racing experienced at Symmons Plains.

An increased TV package has also been confirmed by Formula 3 Management, with each Shannons Nationals-based round to feature 30-minutes of TV on SBS Speedweek, repeated on SPEED TV Australia – up from the previous 20-minute package.

The additional airtime will be utilised to showcase more of the personalities within the championship and, of course, more sensational racing.

Each round with the Shannons Nationals will also be streamed live on the internet by the series’ online broadcasting package.

A separate TV package is currently being developed for the unique Mount Panorama season kickoff, with details to follow soon.

The new TV package more than quadruples the amount of TV exposure gained by the championship in 2012, representing a bonus for series and team / driver partners this year.

The 2013 F3 Australian Drivers’ Championship for the CAMS Gold Star will be contested over 7 Rounds.

1. MOUNT PANORAMA, BATHURST (NSW) MARCH 29-31 BATHURST MOTOR FESTIVAL
2. SYMMONS PLAINS RACEWAY (TAS) APRIL 5-7 V8 SUPERCAR TASMANIA CHALLENGE
3. HIDDEN VALLEY RACEWAY (NT) JUNE 14-15 V8 SUPERCAR SKYCITY TRIPLE CROWN
4. SYDNEY MOTORSPORT PARK (NSW) JULY 12-14 AUSTRALIAN SIX HOUR ENDURANCE EVENT
5. QUEENSLAND RACEWAY (QLD) AUGUST 2-4 SHANNONS NATIONALS
6. PHILLIP ISLAND GP CIRCUIT (VIC) SEPT 20-22 SHANNONS NATIONALS
7. SANDOWN RACEWAY (VIC) NOV 15-17 SHANNONS NATIONALS

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