TLA/ARG final bid left for Supercars

TLA/ARG has the final bid left standing in the race to buy Supercars from Archer Capital.

Cameron Waters, Tickford Ford

Until recently that was one of two bids left in the running to buy the Australian touring car series, the other a consortium made up of high-profile figures including Peter Adderton, Alan Gow and Pete Smith in partnership with media giant News Corp.

However sources have confirmed that the Adderton consortium, as it has been known, is now out of the running before even having the opportunity to present to team representatives.

Adderton took to social media to offer a concession of sorts, posting 'you win some, you lose some, you keep living life' on Instagram.

The final two bids for the business wound up almost identical, TLA/ARG later shifting its focus to a 100 per cent ownership structure similar to what had been proposed all along by the Adderton consortium.

TLA/ARG had initially only been in the market for the 65 per cent owned by Archer.

It's now expected that TLA/ARG will not only take over Archer's stake, but the 35 per cent that's collectively owned by the teams, on the promise of bigger returns in revenue.

TLA/ARG has already presented to team's representatives that have taken their findings to other team owners.

It's not yet clear when the sale will be ratified, however there is now nothing standing in the way of a TLA/ARG bid that was headed up by Mark Skaife.

The TLA/ARG bid is teeming with motor racing experience, right up to former NASCAR chief operating office George Pyne, who owns TLA parent company Bruin Capital.

Former Holden Racing Team CEO Craig Kelly is the CEO of TLA Worldwide, while ARG – or Australian Racing Group – owns and promotes categories such as TCR Australia, S5000, GT World Challenge Australia and more.

The anticipated joint Bathurst effort between Supercars and ARG, which came to light earlier this week, was seen as a major hint that TLA/ARG was the standout front-runner to win the bidding.

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