2011 Australian FX-Superbike Championship Expands To Six Rounds
As has been previously mention the main FX ‘Winter Series’ will now be the Australian FX-Superbike Championship with the AFXC now swapping to become the Winton Summer Challenge December Extravaganza event.
After much feedback about the huge gaps in national racing between June and November for many competitors we looked at how we might provide more racing opportunities at a national level. With that is mind and the fact we were getting quite a lot of other feedback from competitors saying they wanted more rounds in 2011 it was decided that the main Winter FX series would expand to to six rounds instead of five.
Taking all the feedback into account we are very pleased to announce that we have been able to expand the nationally televised Australian FX-Superbike Championship from five to six rounds and with only two minor changes for next year from what was previously announced. The series will still end on the same weekend as previously stated in November but rather than the series finale being at Wakefield Park it will now be at Eastern Creek Raceway.
The newly introduced round will be run at Wakefield Park on the weekend of the 8-9th October the weekend prior to the MotoGP at PI. This will give especially Queenslanders planning on doing the MotoGP support classes a chance to go racing twice on their road trip south.
Terry O’Neill the Managing Director of ARTRP said “We have taken on board the many comments we have received from competitors before expanding the series to six rounds and we believe this will make the FX-Superbike Championship even more attractive to many racers who want to compete in an affordable level playing field championship that provides massive track time and lots of racing. The average competitor who races in the six FX-Superbike Championship weekends of racing in 2011 will compete in roughly thirty-six actual races and many of them no matter what class your in will be televised nationally on both free to air TV and Pay TV.”
O’Neill added “We keep hearing the same message time after time from competitors that they need to keep their racing costs down to a sustainable level in these uncertain times but still want to go racing in a professionally run series and from all the information we have at hand we believe we will provide the most affordable by far fun series there is in Australia today for the majority of competitors and we at ARTRP are very much looking forward to the start of the new race season in 2011 at Eastern Creek Raceway in early March.”
The three final rounds of the six round FX-Superbikes Championship series will run on consecutive months and will provide a much bigger gap for riders and teams to get ready for the Winton Summer Challenge.
2011 Australasian FX-Superbike Championship (Winter Series)
Rnd 1 Eastern Creek Raceway (NSW) 11-13th March 2011
Rnd 2 Wakefield Park Raceway (NSW) 29th April – 1st May 2011
Rnd 3 Eastern Creek Raceway (NSW) 1st – 3rd July 2011
Rnd 4 Winton Raceway (VIC) 2nd – 4th September 2011
Rnd 5 Wakefield Park Raceway (NSW) 8th – 9th October 2011
Rnd 6 Eastern Creek Raceway (NSW) 5th – 6th November 2011
2011 Australian Formula Xtreme Championship (Summer Challenge) & the Australasian FX Motocross Championship (AMXC)
Winton Raceway (VIC) 16th -17th (Sat .. Day/Night) ——- AMXC Sunday 18th December 2011
As everyone can see from checking the above calendar the Summer Challenge will stay the same as it now is in 2010 with it being a one round racing extravaganza combining Road Racing and Motocross. ARTRP are looking at expanding the concept in 2011 to include several other categories of competition to make the event even bigger.
At this stage the two final rounds of the FX-Superbikes Winter Series will be two day affairs but that may change in the next two weeks or so to include a Friday practice day. If not then we will look at changing the formats slightly at these two rounds to give competitors more practise time.
We have announced these changes as quickly as possible so people can plan for their 2011 racing schedule well in advance with the least inconvenience. For any further information please contact Terry O’Neill on 02 48 235 711 in business hours.