Four Australian Formula 3 Championship teams have sent a request for an independent investigation into “possible breaches of motorsport rules” by the Confederation of Australian Motor Sport.
The CAMS organisation has attracted criticism lately, after revealing that a review of motorsport in Australia will see Formula 3 and Formula Ford be unable to field CAMS-sanctioned national championships.
The timing of the CAMS announcement, less than two weeks before the CAMS-owned and run Australian Formula Ford Championship kicked off in Townsville, has led to some groups suggesting the move was to try and bolster the F4 grid, which at the time was made up of just nine drivers.
Ultimately, 13 cars took to Townsville for the opening round.
Today, four F3 teams released a statement calling for an independent, internal review of the decision to downgrade F3 and FFord. Gilmour Racing, Harvest Motorsport, Shirvington Racing, and Alpine Motor Sports have all lodged requests with CAMS to investigate possible breaches of motorsport rules in the management of the Australian Formula 4 Championship.
“We’re hoping to have an independent party at CAMS examine the conduct of the National Office, which is why we’re asking the State Councils to instigate the tribunal,” said group spokesperson Terry Stott.
“The members need to be assured that their confidence in CAMS as a regulator is not eroded by any commercial interest in a particular category. We expect this to be investigated with the full co-operation of all in open-wheel racing, including CAMS, and other open-wheel competitors.
“We believe that CAMS members, as owners of Formula 4, are entitled to know how their funds are being used, and whether they are being used for proper purposes.
“We believe it is in the best interests of the sport to give CAMS the opportunity to demonstrate with minimal fuss that they indeed are motorsport, and are governing in the interests of all the shareholders of CAMS.”
CAMS quickly responded to the statement, releasing one of its own claiming there won't be any investigations.
"The Confederation of Australian Motor Sport has dismissed claims of possible breaches of motorsport rules," read the statement.
"CAMS can confirm that it will not direct that an investigatory tribunal be conducted into claims of anti-competitive behaviour in the management of the new Federation Internationale de’l Automobile (FIA) certified development category for young drivers.
"It is the right of CAMS, the custodian charged with the administration, development, promotion and regulation of four-wheeled motorsport in Australia, to operate as delegated and recognised. CAMS has been highly successful in building up the reputation and success of motor sport in Australia and does not apologise for doing what is best for the sport.
"CAMS takes seriously any claim of anti-competitive behaviour and will defend any legal action on the issue to the fullest extent."