PROCAR statement on Gold Coast race cancellation

Motorsport promoter PROCAR Australia has notified organisers of this weekend's Lexmark Indy 300 of possible legal action over the cancellation of the Donut King Australian Nations Cup Championship race today. The race scheduled...

Motorsport promoter PROCAR Australia has notified organisers of this weekend's Lexmark Indy 300 of possible legal action over the cancellation of the Donut King Australian Nations Cup Championship race today.

The race scheduled for 8.40 am was cancelled after an extended delay in the event program on the Surfers Paradise street circuit.

PROCAR Executive chairman Ross Palmer later delivered a letter to the Gold Coast Motor Events Company (GCMEC) notifying them of a breach of contract.

The letter said the Indy organisers had failed to make reasonable efforts to re-schedule the event, or to have contingency plans for such a delay.

The eight-lap race was to have been the 24 th and last in the 2003 Nations Cup series.

The field included newly-crowned champion Paul Stokell, in a Lamborghini, Peter Brock and Nathan Pretty in Holden Monaros and a host of other drivers in Ferraris, Lamborghinis, Porsches and Maseratis.

"This was very badly handled. PROCAR spent a substantial six-figure amount to deliver three of the six categories racing here this weekend and now I have Nations Cup teams totting up their cost of not racing to make a claim on me," Mr Palmer said.

"The fans who came here to see the finale of the Nations Cup and great drivers like Peter Brock have been short-changed.

"Television coverage of today's race would have showcased the Gold Coast in more than 80 countries."

PROCAR Australia staged its final rounds of the Nations Cup, Australian GT Performance Championship and Poolrite V8 BRutes Series this weekend.

-procar.au-

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Series Supercars
Drivers Nathan Pretty , Peter Brock , Paul Stokell