Nikon SuperGP general manager Greg Hooton has announced that fans who had purchased tickets for the event will be offered a refund after confirmation that A1GP will not race at Surfers Paradise.
After failing to receive assurances from A1GP that it would be able to compete at the event, the Gold Coast Motor Events Company terminated the agreement between the event and A1GP for failing to meet contractual obligations.
The V8 Supercar Championship will instead run four races as opposed to two at the event in an attempt to fill the gaps left in the schedule and while Hooton praised the series for its decision, he confirmed that fans who wished to get a refund on their tickets would be offered the opportunity.
“GCMEC and the Minister have worked with V8 Supercars, to develop the new race program which will now be rolled out at the event,” he said. “This programme comprises of four 150km V8 Supercar races, two over each day of the weekend, seeing an unprecedented amount of V8 Supercar racing on the streets of Surfers Paradise.
“Amounting to 600km of racing, this will see the Nikon SuperGP only eclipsed by the Bathurst 1000 when it comes to the amount of racing that will be on offer for spectators at any one event. Everyone here is truly excited and believes this is a great result, and one which is sure to entertain motorsport fans from all around the country.
“While a new look programme is in place, we recognise that some of those who have pre-purchased their tickets may now want to reconsider their attendance to the event. As a gesture of goodwill, GCMEC will provide a refund to those people who have already purchased a ticket to the event, should they choose not to attend the Nikon SuperGP this week.
“If those people who have already purchased a ticket do attend the event, no refund or partial refunds will be given. Details on how to obtain a refund will be available on Monday through the Ticketek website.
“In closing, I would like to state that with the new plan now in place, the 2009 Nikon SuperGP is on-track to entertain the crowds over October 22-25. More news on extra entertainment and other exciting developments for the 2009 race programme will be made over the coming days.”