In its fourth year, the nationally televised Swann Insurance Australasian Superbike Championship will receive a major revamp making the series more compact and affordable. The series still retains six separately point scored rounds that will for 2017 be spread over three major weekend events with each event being a double-header round.
Terry O’Neill the managing director of ARTRP the promoters of the SWANN SUPER SERIES commented “In the off season we did quite a bit of research and found repeatedly that many competitors are no longer financially or worktime wise able to do six long weekends of driving all around the country to race at a national level. So, it was decided the best thing to do was run a series that reflects what most competitors can afford at present and the best model we found was to go back to the original successful SWANN SERIES concept from the 70’s and 80’s of three major events that by its very nature looks after the competitors racing budget while not compromising their jobs or businesses because it reduces the amount of time away. O’Neill added “However the revamp will not compromise the excellent TV and electronic media exposure that the competitors in each class along with their personal sponsors have come to expect.”
2017 SWANN SUPER SERIES calendar:
Rounds 1 & 2 … 7th -9th April Sydney Motorsport Park NSW
Rounds 3 & 4 … 14th – 16th July Queensland Raceway Qld
Rounds 5 & 6 … 3rd – 5th November Sydney Motorsport Park NSW
As announced earlier the SWANN SUPER SERIES also returns to the popular three-day format with Friday being a non-mandatory practice day with each class receiving five sessions.
How does a double header round work? As an example, at each of the three events the Saturday is round one of the series and includes qualifying and racing for all classes along with a progressive grid.
Sunday's second round of the series grid positions for the first race will once again be taken from the Saturday qualifying session and apart from early morning warm up sessions the rest of the day is a full day of racing again with a progressive grid.
Today’s announcement covers the make-up of the new series calendar, there will be a number of important announcements prior to the weekend that will cover all other important aspects of the series.
For further details please contact Terry O’Neill at ARTRP on 02 49812315 within business hours.