I wonder if something else has been lined up. Formula E was mentioned a little while back.
Or is it part of a long term deal to make The Bend Motorsport Park the best facility for the Supercars outside of Bathurst? Have the Shahins done a deal with government for funding which is less than the subsidy they have to give the Adelaide race??
Its the best facility, as long as your a corporate with access into it.I go to both events, never in a million years will The Bend be anything remotely close to the 500. The 500 was an event, the Bend is a race ... and basically a regional race.
The Bend is the best facility outside of Bathurst already in terms of the physical facility, pits, actual track etc... but its missing any form of 'aura' about it, and its virtually impossible to generate that.
Its the best facility, as long as your a corporate with access into it.
Otherwise, GA is literally sitting in a paddock.
We need to think ahead though. Supercars will be dead within the decade anyway. Formula E is just starting to wind up and the event would give us international exposure. We should also get in on its associated tech and start building some EVs.There's no way on earth that a formula E race in the city would get anywhere near the crowds of a supercars event.
Outside of Bathurst the Adelaide race was head and shoulders the biggest event on the country.
My take is they have been reducing investment in the event for about the last 5 years .... while making it more expensive. You only needed to walk around the track and go anywhere outside of the area behind the main pit grandstand to see it. Less catering, less activations etc.
It feels like the removal of the event was on the cards for a while and COVID has become the excuse.
Unfortunately the Le Mans race was cancelled after one event, also because of political reasons.It's a dying series.
I mean poorly built American Mustangs V even more poorly built Chevrolet Camaro's....who gives a fu**? Their insistence on clinging to the outdated Ford v Holden V8 model will be their undoing.
Now a Le Mans series race like the Bathurst 12 Hour.....yes please.