V8s promise 'helluva show'
TIME is running out for the A1GPs to take part in next weekend's new-look Gold Coast motorsport event after they failed to provide assurances to the Queensland government by yesterday's deadline.
But V8 Supercars boss Tony Cochrane said they were ready to step up in the international open wheelers' likely absence on the tourist strip.
The Queensland government warned A1GP World Cup of Motorsport organisers on Thursday that they had 24 hours to guarantee that their cars would fly in from London in time for the October 22-25 event, formerly known as the Gold Coast Indy.
They didn't receive a word.
“Disgracefully, the reputation of the event has been tarnished by the actions of this group and we're not happy about it,” Acting Premier Andrew Fraser said yesterday.
“We have not received those assurances yet and clearly we're dissatisfied with that.
“It's very unprofessional of this organisation to be allowing the viability of this event and their participation to be drawn into question.”
A1GP organisers are not in technical breach of their contract until Wednesday (Practice is meant to start on Thursday). Mr Fraser said there were a range of milestones in the contract they also had to meet before then.
Mr Fraser assured taxpayers the government had good footing for legal recourse should the organisation breach any of its obligations.
But he stressed that the event would be a success regardless of the A1GPs' no show thanks to the hugely popular V8 Supercars.
Cochrane said they had two 200km races planned for the weekend but could extend the distances to cater for the World Cup of Motorsport's absence.
“It's incredibly short notice, but we have the professionalism and the crowds support to pull this off if needed,” he said on the V8 Supercars website.
“We will do anything we can to make this event a success and I promise we can and we will give the crowds a helluva show.”
The much-maligned A1GP series hit a fresh snag on Thursdy with reports the cars had been delayed in London due to safety modifications.