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2002 VIP Petfoods Queensland 500 date announced

Next year's VIP Petfoods Queensland 500 will be held at the Queensland Raceway on September 13-15 as part of the 2002 V8 Supercar calendar announced at Bathurst today. The only Queensland round of the national championship, the event will be the ...

2002 VIP Petfoods Queensland 500 date announced

Next year's VIP Petfoods Queensland 500 will be held at the Queensland Raceway on September 13-15 as part of the 2002 V8 Supercar calendar announced at Bathurst today.

The only Queensland round of the national championship, the event will be the ninth round of the new-look 12-round series, announced by AVESCO Chairman, Tony Cochrane.

The race will also be exactly four weeks prior to the V8 Supercar 1000 at Bathurst and will be an important lead-up to the Mt Panorama classic. "We were delighted with this year's Queensland 500 and the commitment of VIP Petfoods as the event's naming-rights sponsor," said Cochrane. "The crowd was fantastic and we believe it can only go from strength to strength."

Queensland Raceway Chairman, John Tetley, said he was looking forward to taking the VIP Petfoods Queensland 500 to even greater heights in 2002 after terrific success in August.

"We are delighted to have a month between round eight at Oran Park in Sydney and our race," said Tetley.

"A month in between the events gives us a terrific build-up time.

"The fact that we are now the event directly one month before Bathurst also provides the race with greater importance and with more promotional opportunities.

"We cannot wait to have the Queensland fans back to Queensland Raceway next year."

Race formats and a new point-scoring system for the national championship will be announced after the final round of the 2001 series at Sandown in Victoria on December 1.

It is also believed that Shell will no longer be the naming-rights sponsor of the series and that a new championship backer will be also announced in Melbourne.

The new-look championship will kick-off with the Clipsal 500 in Adelaide on March 15-17.

Eastern Creek Raceway in Sydney will host a new endurance-type event with its own naming-rights sponsor and will be a joint-venture partnership between the Australian Racing Drivers Club and AVESCO.

The Western Australian round of the series has been maintained at Barbagallo Raceway after Carlton and United Breweries offered a financial package to save the event.

AVESCO were hoping to hold a street race in Perth, but negotiations with the West Australian Government broke down.

Calder Park Raceway has been dropped from the championship after a financial dispute with track owner Bob Jane which heads to court this Friday.

The 2001 championship crowds were up by nearly 50,000 before the weekend's V8 Supercar 1000 and television audiences attracting nearly 500,000 new viewers. <pre>

2002 SHELL CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES Round 1: March 15-17 - Clipsal 500 Adelaide Round 2: April 12-14 - Phillip Island Victoria Round 3: April 26-28 - Eastern Creek NSW Round 4: May 17-19 - Hidden Valley Northern Territory Round 5: June 7-9 - Canberra 400 ACT Round 6: June 28-30 - Barbagallo Raceway WA Round 7: July 26-28 - Oran Park NSW Round 8: August 16-18 - Winton Vic Round 9: September 13-15 - VIP Petfoods Qld 500 Queensland Round 10: October 10-13 - V8 Supercar 1000, Bathurst NSW Round 11: November 8-10 - Boost Mobile V8 International NZ Round 12: Nov 29-Dec 1 - The V8 Ultimate Sandown Vic Non-Championship March 1-3 Qantas Australian Formula One Grand Prix

KONICA V8 SUPERCAR SERIES Round 1: March 30-31 Wakefield Park NSW Round 2: May 4-5 Phillip Island Vic Round 3: June 15-16 Oran Park Sydney Round 4: July 6-7 Winton Vic Round 5: August 3-4 Mallala SA Non-Championship October 11-12 - V8 Supercar 1000, Bathurst, NSW

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