Speed­way gets a rev-up

A na­tional re­vamp will lead to bet­ter racing, writes PAUL GOVER

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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.

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