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THIS weekend's Island Magic
is the silver anniversary of this
iconic race meeting at the Phillip
Island Grand Prix Circuit.
Twenty-five years of Island Mag-
ic is a milestone that the Phillip
Island Auto Racing Club (PIARC)
is justifiably proud of.
This year sees the Cue 1 Hour
Tourist Trophy Endurance Race
into its second decade with a more
compact field of 27 Exotic Sports
Cars, including 14 Porsches, two
Audis, two Lamborghinis and
various Mercedes, Nissan, Viper,
Lotus, Ferrari, Mosler, Ginetta,
a lone Mazda and the Australian
The 50K Plate for Sports Se-
dans backed by Ramada Resort
Phillip Island, for the ninth con-
secutive year, brings 35 of these
fast and furious sedans to the cir-
cuit to play.
Ramada Resort also provides
entertainment for race fans with
Document Check in the resort bar
on Friday night where the public
can mix with the drivers.
The iconic 50K Plate again con-
cludes the Victorian Sports Sedan
Formula Ford action
The Phillip Island Formula Ford
Trophy this year features a strong
contingent of West Australian
Formula Ford 1600 cars joining
2015 Victorian Champion Bren-
dan Jones and Australia's fastest
mum Leanne Tander also in the
Formula Vees return after their
2014 Nationals with a 24 car field
of these racers.
The popular Historic Touring
Cars will provide entries for the
Graham Slater Victorian Historic
Touring Car Trophy, with another
West Aussie Paul Stubber look-
ing to repeat his 2014 win whilst
fighting off a full field of Mustangs,
GT Falcons, Torana XU1s, Minis,
Cortinas and Chargers etc.
Improved Production fans will
be well catered for with a great
field, with Ben Schoots heading a
throng of RX7 Mazdas challenging
Ray Hislop in his Falcon V8 and
Commodore VY V8 nemesis Da-
mien Milano, and a host of other
makes and models.
Former 944 Victorian Champi-
on Chris Lewis-Williams heads up
a small but classy field of Porsche
944 Challenge racers supported
by Saloon Cars.
New to the Island Magic spec-
tacular are the 33 Hyundai Excel
budget racers strutting their stuff
for the first time at the Island.
Don't miss out as Island Magic
is a great way for both competi-
tors and spectators to finish up a
year's racing at Australia's most
picturesque and challenging race
PIARC spokesman Geoff Bull
emphasised the club's commit-
ment to affordable family motor-
sport events with no change to ad-
mission to great motorsport and
heritage at a budget friendly $30
for a weekend pass and all accom-
panied kids under 16 are admit-
Free parking and trackside view-
ing from your own car is a feature.
For more details see www.piarc.
STUDENTS from Cowes Primary
School together with rangers from Phil-
lip Island Nature Parks and the team
from Wildlife Coast Cruises joined over
2000 students and community mem-
bers right across the state to take part
in the annual Seal the Loop Action Day
held on Friday, November 13.
This is the third year that the project
has been operating. It is an initiative of
Zoos Victoria and aims to teach stu-
dents about ways they can help protect
Victoria's marine wildlife from common
threats such as fishing waste, plastics
and debris often found in coastal areas.
Speaking at the Action Day at one of
the many sites around the state, Zoos
Victoria's Senior Manager Community
Conservation, Emily Dunstan, said it
was terrific to see such enthusiasm to
protecting marine wildlife and cleaning
up Victoria's coastline.
"Every year thousands of marine ani-
mals including seals are hurt or injured
due to poorly discarded fishing line and
litter," Ms Dunstan said.
Since the Seal the Loop campaign
launched in 2010, it has deployed over
230 specially made bins across Victo-
ria's coastline and collected over 36 ki-
lometres of fishing line.
Researchers from Phillip Island Na-
ture Parks take regular trips out to Seal
Rocks, home to Australia's largest fur
seal colony, and regularly attend to en-
tangled seals. During their last trip in
October, researchers managed to save
four seals which had become entangled
in recreational fishing gear.
This campaign has been championed
by our own young brigade with Cowes
Primary School students taking the
task in hand and spending their day
making sure that our beaches are clean
and free of debris, for our marine crea-
tures as well as swimmers and beach
goers of all ages.
Education Rangers Helen Masters (left) and Sue Graham (right) with Sammy the
Seal, are pictured at the recent "Seal the Loop Action Day" held to educate school
students about the dangers to marine life of discarded fishing line and litter.
Tommy the seal had plenty of help from students of Cowes Primary School
when they took part in the recent Seal the Loop coastal clean-up day.(L-R) Alia
Schonberg, Corben Dagg, Nick White, Sarah Moulds, Jordan Maxwell, Bella
Ross, Mia Grilles, Molly Anderson, Tom Fokkens, Catherine Taylor, Isabel Rooks,
Miakela Batty, Max Carpi and Sonny Lumpston.
help to seal
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