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Queensland Raceway dropped

Queensland Raceway axed from 2010 schedule after V8 Supercars Australia fails to reach an agreement with the operator of the circuit.
V8 Supercars Australia has confirmed that it has been unable to reach satisfactory hire and commercial terms with the operator of Queensland Raceway for a proposed 2010 May date.

This date on the 2010 Championship Series calendar had been listed until now as provisional, pending the outcome of talks between the two parties.

“V8SA was totally prepared to become the promoter of the Ipswich event in May to keep the event alive, but unfortunately this is not possible due to a long list of unrealistic demands set by the Queensland Raceway operator,” explained a statement from V8SA to the media.

“QR demanded a near record hire fee for the hire of the venue despite its ageing facilities, and also insisted the venue would not be responsible for obtaining the very necessary CAMS licence that is required under the FIA's sanctioning of V8 Supercars as an International Series, amongst many other things.

“This, coupled with the fact that fans and corporates have dropped off from attending QR because of the lack of decent facilities, means that QR at Ipswich is no longer a viable venue for Australia's premier motorsport Championship.”

“This is extremely disappointing for all our fans but we had given QR a very reasonable offer and we have to be responsible to our teams when we hire venues and conduct events,” explained Shane Howard, acting CEO for V8SA.

“The unrealistic hire fees and un-commercial terms demanded by QR, when compared with other permanent venues, are absurd given the standard of the QR infrastructure for fans and teams alike.

“QR's reluctance to be a CAMS sanctioned venue further compounds a very difficult position for us as we are a fully fledged FIA Championship. Almost no money has been spent on fan facilities at QR in the last eight years despite our ongoing requests and it is now looking very tired from a fan and corporate point of view."

The positive news is that V8SA will still be conducting 15 events in season 2010 including offering two events to fans in Queensland with the Dunlop Townsville 400 in July and the Gold Coast event in October. The 2010 season opener kicks off in Abu Dhabi at the world class Yas Marina Circuit from February 18-20th.

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Oldracer - Unregistered

January 10, 2010 9:50 AM

The issue is the track itself -- i need bumps leveled out and a total reseal -- the facilities haven't changes in 20 years, and it as boring as bat **** to race on. Even the road circuits have better facilities -- Qld raceway has gone the was of Calder, Amaroo and Lakeside -- promoters there want the big meetings but will not invest in infrastructure.

Just_Observing - Unregistered

January 11, 2010 8:42 AM

The track has ALWAYS been considered boring but is considered one of the best spectators tracks around because every part is viewable... The track has only existed since 1999 so bit hard for it to be around 20 years... but yes its due for an upgrade... but that being said it was initially over 6 million dollars over budget and that money has never been recouped... I still don't think that its fair of V8SA to expect tracks to fork out large amounts of money without any real guarantees, or like the Barbagello example, basically blackmail the track into doing what they want...

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