Speedway gets a rev-up
A national revamp will lead to better racing, writes PAUL GOVER
SPEEDWAY racing in Australia is heading down the V8 Supercar road in a search for success. Leading teams have formed a cartel and plan a touring troupe through the coming summer season to ensure the best drivers and cars front for the major meetings across the country.
The new franchise system means the end of the current World Series Sprintcar set-up and should lead to much better racing and a better deal for fans.
The umbrella organisation for the new push is Sprintcar Racing, which is already supported by more than 20 teams and drivers, including Brooke Tatnell, Max Dumsney and Robbie Farr.
The push is led by long-time motorsport identity Dale Rogers, the former owner of Revolution Racewear in Melbourne. He is the CEO under a board topped by former sprintcar and V8 Supercar racer Tony Noske.
Team owners Shane Krikke, Robbie Farr, Noel Gessner and John Farrell are also on the board.
Rogers says the new group has opened negotiations with track owners and race promoters in the hope of revitalising sprintcar racing in Australia.
‘‘This is something that had to happen. We think it is going to be very good for speedway in Australia,’’ Rogers says.
‘‘This is the start of a new era for sprintcar racing. For too long, sprintcar racing has floundered along, looking for direction.’’
Rogers says the new group is working on a touring schedule for the 2009-2010 summer season, as well as ensuring the top drivers make all the major meetings, but it is too early to make any firm promises.
Instead, he says Sprintcar Racing will soon establish a website to keep fans up to date with plans.