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Moves across the Tasman to include historic Formula 5000 single-seater racing cars on the support roster at next year's Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix have turned the spotlight on the New Zealand Formula 5000 Association and its plans for the '06/07 season.

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Moves across the Tasman to include historic Formula 5000 single-seater racing cars on the support roster at next year's Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix have turned the spotlight on the New Zealand Formula 5000 Association and its plans for the '06/07 season.

For the past four years the association, in conjunction with New Zealand's Historic Racing Club, has run a Trans-Tasman Revival Series, and today spokesperson Murray Sinclair confirmed that a detailed proposal prepared by the Victorian Historic Racing Register in conjunction with the New Zealand Association is currently before the Australian Grand Prix Corporation.

The proposal was prepared with the full support of the governing body of motorsport in Australia (CAMS) and offers the Grand Prix Corporation a field of 'up to 30' period Formula 5000 racing cars, some 19 of which come from this side of the Tasman.

The opportunity to compete at the meeting would, says Sinclair, be a 'dream come true' and the Grand Prix Corporation is actively considering the proposal with an outcome expected within days.

"The Victorian Historic Racing Register and in particular, Bob Harborow, have done an incredible job getting the proposal to the point where it is and believe me, if the Grand Prix Corporation gives us the green light we will be there boots and all," Sinclair said.

As it is the Victorian Historic Racing Register has confirmed that Formula 5000 single-seaters will play a key role at both the Sandown Historic meeting in November, and the Phillip Island Historic meeting in March, and the 19 New Zealand owner/drivers are using these two meetings to prepare for a possible appearance at the March 15-18 Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix meeting.

Members of the New Zealand Formula F5000 Association who are set to compete here and across the Tasman this season are; David Abbott (Lola T430), Ian Clements (Lola T332), Noel Atley (Begg 018), Tony Richards (Lola T332), Stan Redmond (Lola T332), Lindsay O'Donnell (Begg FM5), Roger Townshend (Lola T142); Kerry Anderson (Lola T140), Murray Sinclair (Lola T332), Todd Stewart (Lola T430), Poul Christie (Lola T190), Stuart Lush (McRae GM1); Tony Roberts (McLaren M10A), Peter Burson (Talon MR1A); Steve Ward (Lola T142); Alastair Russell (McRae GM1), Roger Williams (Lola T332), John McKinlay (March 72) and Shayne Windelburn (Lola T400).

Joining them across the Tasman will be Australian owner/drivers Aaron Lewis (Matich A50), Andrew Robson (Lola T332); Graham Smith (March) and Bob Harborow (Lola T192).

Christchurch's Ian Clements (Lola T332) is the defending Flexoplas NZ Express New Zealand F5000 Association Tasman Revival Series champion. Clements, who also won the 2003/04 series, wrapped up the 2005/06 one at the final round at Pukekohe earlier this year.

Aucklander Stuart Lush (McRae GM1) was second, Christchurch's Stan Redmond (Lola T332/McRae GM1) third.

2006/07 F5000 Tasman Cup Revival Series
Provisional Calendar
Rnd 1: November 11/12 2006 Sandown Park (Melbourne, Aust)
Rnd 2: January 27/28 2007 Pukekohe Park (Pukekohe, NZ)
Rnd 3: (provisional) February 3-4 2007 Powerbuilt Int Raceway @ Ruapuna Park (ChCh, NZ)
Rnd 4: March 9-11 2007 Phillip Island (Vic, Aust)
Rnd 5: (provisional) March 15-18 2007 Aust F1GP Albert Park (Melbourne, Aust)

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Moves across the Tasman to include historic Formula 5000 single-seater racing cars on the support roster at next year's Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix have turned the spotlight on the New Zealand Formula 5000 Association and its plans for the '06/07 season.

For the past four years the association, in conjunction with New Zealand's Historic Racing Club, has run a Trans-Tasman Revival Series, and today spokesperson Murray Sinclair confirmed that a detailed proposal prepared by the Victorian Historic Racing Register in conjunction with the New Zealand Association is currently before the Australian Grand Prix Corporation.

The proposal was prepared with the full support of the governing body of motorsport in Australia (CAMS) and offers the Grand Prix Corporation a field of 'up to 30' period Formula 5000 racing cars, some 19 of which come from this side of the Tasman.

The opportunity to compete at the meeting would, says Sinclair, be a 'dream come true' and the Grand Prix Corporation is actively considering the proposal with an outcome expected within days.

"The Victorian Historic Racing Register and in particular, Bob Harborow, have done an incredible job getting the proposal to the point where it is and believe me, if the Grand Prix Corporation gives us the green light we will be there boots and all," Sinclair said.

As it is the Victorian Historic Racing Register has confirmed that Formula 5000 single-seaters will play a key role at both the Sandown Historic meeting in November, and the Phillip Island Historic meeting in March, and the 19 New Zealand owner/drivers are using these two meetings to prepare for a possible appearance at the March 15-18 Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix meeting.

Members of the New Zealand Formula F5000 Association who are set to compete here and across the Tasman this season are; David Abbott (Lola T430), Ian Clements (Lola T332), Noel Atley (Begg 018), Tony Richards (Lola T332), Stan Redmond (Lola T332), Lindsay O'Donnell (Begg FM5), Roger Townshend (Lola T142); Kerry Anderson (Lola T140), Murray Sinclair (Lola T332), Todd Stewart (Lola T430), Poul Christie (Lola T190), Stuart Lush (McRae GM1); Tony Roberts (McLaren M10A), Peter Burson (Talon MR1A); Steve Ward (Lola T142); Alastair Russell (McRae GM1), Roger Williams (Lola T332), John McKinlay (March 72) and Shayne Windelburn (Lola T400).

Joining them across the Tasman will be Australian owner/drivers Aaron Lewis (Matich A50), Andrew Robson (Lola T332); Graham Smith (March) and Bob Harborow (Lola T192).

Christchurch's Ian Clements (Lola T332) is the defending Flexoplas NZ Express New Zealand F5000 Association Tasman Revival Series champion. Clements, who also won the 2003/04 series, wrapped up the 2005/06 one at the final round at Pukekohe earlier this year.

Aucklander Stuart Lush (McRae GM1) was second, Christchurch's Stan Redmond (Lola T332/McRae GM1) third.

2006/07 F5000 Tasman Cup Revival Series
Provisional Calendar
Rnd 1: November 11/12 2006 Sandown Park (Melbourne, Aust)
Rnd 2: January 27/28 2007 Pukekohe Park (Pukekohe, NZ)
Rnd 3: (provisional) February 3-4 2007 Powerbuilt Int Raceway @ Ruapuna Park (ChCh, NZ)
Rnd 4: March 9-11 2007 Phillip Island (Vic, Aust)
Rnd 5: (provisional) March 15-18 2007 Aust F1GP Albert Park (Melbourne, Aust)

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