Aussie Racers miss out
On what was a weekend of new beginnings for several categories like the Future Tourers and Super Tourers on the 2002 Power Tour, the Aussie Racers were caught up in a technical snare that saw them unable to complete a race at Oran Park.
In a bid to gain CAMS' official sanctioning for the cars, Phil Ward, founder and driving force behind the category, has been making adjustments and some modifications to the little Aussie racers.
The final change was to be the inclusion of a reverse polarised second starter motor to enable the motor bike engined-racers a reverse gear, giving them the ability to back out of potentially dangerous situations on the race track and formally comply with technical requirements.
However a last minute hitch made the fitting the new motors impossible prior to race day. As a result a stalemate between rules and racing became unfortunately inevitable.
Following several meetings with race stewards, Phil conceded that the cars would not race and packed them onto to their transporters for the journey home.
Further discussions were brokered by Motorsport Promoters Group (MPG) Director of Operations, Paul French, involving CAMS' officials, track officials and the category principles and went on until very late on Saturday night with all parties looking to every option available.
No satisfactory compromise could be reached. "We are all very disappointed that the Aussie Racers are unable to race here this weekend", said Mr French at Oran Park the next morning.
"Whilst we can see both sides have tried hard to achieve a result in the interests of all parties involved, this was the only outcome possible at this time. We must all work within the rules as they are written otherwise the potential for injury and commercial liability will determine the destiny of our sport instead of the quality of racing on the track."
The Power Tour heads to Mallala Raceway for round two only four weeks time (April 20-21) and spanners will have to be flying to ensure that all cars comply prior to making the trek across to South Australia.