Benalla Ensign

Supersprin­t falls to COVID-19, again

- By Liam Nash

In a loss for the region’s racing community, a next month’s Winton SuperSprin­t event has hit a red light.

Due to COVID-19’s continued vice grip on Victoria, it was announced on September 16 a decision had been reached to cancel the event for the second year running.

“We would like to thank all our stakeholde­rs for being so supportive of both Winton Motor Raceway and the Benalla

Auto Club, in particular our campers who have stuck by us just waiting for the chance to attend Supercar racing at Winton, and we confirm we will be in touch with you to provide the rollover or refund options available,” Benalla Auto Club chief executive Chris Lewis-Williams said.

“Thanks also goes to the Victorian Government, Minister for Sport Martin Pakula and Minister Jaclyn Symes who continue to be great supporters of North East Victorian Events and motorsport events at Winton in particular.

“We look forward to formalisin­g plans for the return of the Winton Supersprin­t in 2022.”

Supercars chief executive Sean Seamer backed up LewisWilli­ams’ sentiment, and stated the cancellati­on was, although extremely dishearten­ing, inevitable given the COVID-19 uncertaint­y.

“The situation is rapidly changing and has shifted considerab­ly since we released the draft calendar changes in July,”

Seamer said. “We regret that the COVID-19 situation has led to the cancellati­on of both the Winton and Phillip Island events, and share our Victorian fans’ disappoint­ment that we will not be returning to the state in 2021.

“We thank Chris and his team at Winton, Andrew and the team at the AGP Corporatio­n, and of course the Victorian Government, for their support.”

Ticket holders for the event will be issued a full refund within 21 days.

All Bridge is being played online at present. Wednesday, September 15

Twenty-four players participat­ed. North-South

1. Dorothy Stewart and Angela Larsen 60.8%

2. Win Sebire and Max Richards 60.4% 3. Christine and Peter Holmes 52.5% East-West

1. Don Heggie and Jenny Monger 57.9% 2. Dawn Breadon and Coral Day 55.8% 3. Jackie Rubira and Helen Price 52.9% Monday, September 20

Thirty-two players participat­ed. North-South

1. Carlin Bruce and Jenny Monger 62.8% 2. Mick Kelly and Norma Hodgson 61.6% 3. Hugh Grady and Mike Glennister 54.2% East-West

1. Dorothy Stewart and Angela Larsen 56.9%

2. Alan Monger and Win Sebire 54.2% 3. Jackie Rubira and Helen Price 53.0% Benalla Bridge Club normally meets twice weekly at the Senior Citizens rooms in Fawckner Dve, and welcomes inquiries from people wanting to learn the basics of Bridge. We can organise beginner/ refresher lessons for those interested.

For more details, phone Peter on 0438 625 638.

 ?? Tank on empty: ?? The Winton Supersprin­t scheduled for October has been officially cancelled.
Tank on empty: The Winton Supersprin­t scheduled for October has been officially cancelled.

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