V8 Supercars Australia will not race at Queensland Raceway

V8 Supercars Australia will not race at the Queensland Raceway this year, after negotiations with the track’s management broke down.
V8 Supercars say the administrators of the Queensland Government-owned facility at Ipswich just south of Brisbane had made “unfeasible demands” for the hire of the track.
Among the issues relating to the breakdown in talks was an apparent “near record” hire fee for the venue and the fact track management wanted V8 Supercars to obtain the costly CAMS licence to host an event.
The event, which was scheduled to be held April 30 to May 2, has now been removed from this year’s V8 Supercar championship calendar.
No replacement event is expected to be scheduled, leaving the calendar with 15 events, the same number as 2009.
The Queensland Raceway circuit, nicknamed “the paperclip”, first hosted a V8 Supercar event in 1999.
Queensland will still host two V8 Supercar events in 2010, at Townsville and the Gold Coast. A statement on the Queensland Raceway website from chief executive John Tetley said the deal broke down despite his association agreeing to accept V8 Supercars price.
“For three months we have tried to find common ground with the management of V8 Supercars to no avail,” Tetley said in the statement.
“We had agreed to accept their price but it was their inability to accept the rights of the Queensland Raceways Passholders and to accept responsibility for damage to our track whilst they are running the event, which became the deal breakers.”
Tetley said Queensland Raceway still has a full program for 2010 despite the pull-out of Australia’s premier motorsport category.
“Everybody at QR is looking forward to a really exciting 2010 as we build an even stronger future for every type of motorsport in Queensland,” Tetley said.
“Queensland already has more full time racetracks with more race meetings and enthusiast events than any other state in Australia.”

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