CAMS slammed over Stadium Truck ban

Boost Mobile boss and series rights holder Peter Adderton has blasted the Confederation of Australian Motorsport over the Stadium Super Trucks battle that has ended up in court.

CAMS slammed over Stadium Truck ban

A Melbourne courtroom is set to rule on the future of the American series in Australia next Wednesday, following a shock ban from the local governing body.

The ban, handed down just weeks before the Stadium Super Trucks were scheduled to appear at the Gold Coast Supercars round, came after a rogue wheel struck a pedestrian bridge during a race at Barbagallo Raceway in Perth earlier this year.

It also followed a clash between CAMS and series owner Robby Gordon last year over a burnout performed on a public street in Darwin.

According to Boost Mobile chief Adderton, who in May signed a three-year to be the rights holder for Stadium Super Trucks in Australia, what's ended up as a court case is more about a personal grudge than anything else.

"I simply don't understand what CAMS is doing," Adderton told Motorsport.com.

"The fans absolutely love it. It brings in a younger fanbase, it brings in people that aren't necessary interested [in traditional motorsport]."

Adderton added: "I feel more it's an issue they have with Robby, as opposed to an issue they have with [Stadium] Super Trucks.

"That's very narrow, short-minded thinking.

"We'll see what happens on Wednesday, what the judge decides. The fact that it went to court is pretty sad. It's not a good sign for motorsport in Australia when we're losing fans, and here's a sport that really entertains people, and we have to go to court to get it on a circuit.

"That, to me, is a waste of everyone's time and money.

"Here's the thing; if your job is the regulate the sport and you're not regulating – you're just burying your head in the sand because you don't like it for some reason or some person – then you're irrelevant. And you can sit there as long as you want, [but] there's not one sporting body in the world that doesn't move with the times, that doesn't become irrelevant.

"They'll get run over, CAMS will literally be a thing of the past if they don't get their act together and decide 'what do we have to do to improve the sport'."

Open to safety talks

While the Perth bridge incident was the catalyst for the pre-Gold Coast ban, it wasn't the first high-profile crash for the series. Back in 2016 Aussie stunt driver Matt Mingay was lucky to survive a horror truck shunt at the Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix that left him needing extensive surgery on his jaw.

Adderton explained that he's happy to discuss ways to improve safety with CAMS, and that he reckons that would have been a better way forward than simply banning them.

"If you want to improve the safety, fine," he said. "What do you need to do to improve it, CAMS? Let us know.

"The fact that they banned them, and they're not allowed to race anymore, is ludicrous.

"If you want to improve the safety, then fine. We get that. We understand that."

Pressing ahead with series plan

With that three-year rights deal already signed, Adderton says he's hopeful of a positive outcome that will allow him to push on with plans to grow the category in Australia.

"[Boost Mobile is] right behind it," he said.

"We would love to do something bigger with it next year, we'd love to make it a series next year. I'd love to bring guys like Chad [Reed] and Jack Miller and Travis Pastrana and all these guys that are jumping in and racing the cars over here.

"It's fun, people love to see it. Hopefully it works itself out."

CAMS declined to comment when contacted by Motorsport.com.

shares
comments
Lowndes wants to match Brock's Bathurst wins

Previous article

Lowndes wants to match Brock's Bathurst wins

Next article

Reynolds to consult doctor over Bathurst breakdown

Reynolds to consult doctor over Bathurst breakdown
Load comments
How Randle went from fighting cancer to battling for Supercars contention Prime

How Randle went from fighting cancer to battling for Supercars contention

After his fledgling career was paused by a battle with testicular cancer, Thomas Randle then had to wrestle with finding a drive in Supercars after he got the all-clear. It's been a long road for the Melbourne native but, after two lengthy battles, he's finally got a full-time drive to look forward to

Supercars
Jun 29, 2021
How crisis talks over Supercars’ Gen3 future could leave it without a paddle Prime

How crisis talks over Supercars’ Gen3 future could leave it without a paddle

With Supercars’ Gen3 era on the horizon, a shift is set to take place – in more ways than one – but, as has become clear in recent weeks, the plan to bin the stick and use paddles with electronic assisted shift has been met with fierce opposition

Supercars
May 24, 2021
Can DJR still be a Supercars powerhouse after Penske? Prime

Can DJR still be a Supercars powerhouse after Penske?

Roger Penske's whirlwind Australian Supercars sojourn is over. After six seasons, three drivers' titles, three teams' championships and a Bathurst 1000 crown, The Captain has sold his controlling stake in Dick Johnson Racing back to the squad and walked away from the category.

Supercars
Feb 26, 2021
Can Whincup be Triple Eight's ruthless leader? Prime

Can Whincup be Triple Eight's ruthless leader?

Supercars' most successful team of the past 15 years is set for a radical shakeup next year when Jamie Whincup retires from driving and takes over the reins at Triple Eight. But does he have what it takes to be the new Roland Dane?

Supercars
Feb 8, 2021
How a lifetime Supercars deal broke down in one year Prime

How a lifetime Supercars deal broke down in one year

David Reynolds inked what was effectively a lifetime deal with Erebus in 2019 – only to walk out a year later. What went wrong?

Supercars
Dec 18, 2020
Why Supercars now needs a new "human salt harvester" Prime

Why Supercars now needs a new "human salt harvester"

Scott McLaughlin has been a controversial figure in Supercars over the past few years but, as he heads off to a fresh challenge in IndyCar, the Australian tin-top series needs to find someone else to fill his drama-filled boots as the category enters a new era...

Supercars
Nov 3, 2020
Why 2020 isn't McLaughlin's greatest title Prime

Why 2020 isn't McLaughlin's greatest title

Scott McLaughlin was quick to describe his third Supercars title as his best yet. But even though it didn't match the dramatic backstory of his 2018 triumph, there's a good reason for him wanting to control the narrative this time around.

Supercars
Oct 2, 2020
Why a Bathurst finale is risky business for Supercars Prime

Why a Bathurst finale is risky business for Supercars

The Bathurst Grand Final may provide Supercars its greatest spectacle yet – but there's a risk it will force the series to face a hard truth.

Supercars
Sep 4, 2020