It’s Thursday of Raceweek and that means the start of official practice for all the cars on The Mountain.
It’s patently clear, after being forced by the Seven Network’s obviously more important obligation to aerial ping-pong to watch a badly delayed, abbreviated and bastardised telecast of Race 12 in this years V8 Supercar Championship, that Seven and it’s owner only ever wanted the premier motor sport championship as a money-making venture. We motorsport fans should consider ourselves lucky, I suppose, that we get to see qualifying, let along the race itself, on a day when a mediocre round of handball happens to be on. Never mind that today the championship changed lead, or that DJR managed a double win [...]
“The biggest challenge now is the sport marketing itself properly. We don’t have a major fast-moving consumer good in the field; NASCAR does. We don’t have a major financial player in the field; NASCAR does.” So says V8 Supercar driver manager, Dale Rodgers in the latest issue of V8X magazine.
Thursday, race week, first & second practice sessions underway.
Whilst the contract killing of 140 eastern grey kangaroos as a supposed safety measure in the lead-up to next week’s motorsport fest at Mount Panorama, Bathurst might upset those who don’t understand or appreciate motorsport, I dare say there will be 64 grateful drivers, a dozen or so team owners, almost uncountable corporate team sponsors and several million motorsport spectators who will welcome the Bathurst City Council decision.
I haven’t written about my one and only sporting passion so far this season, so thought it was time I did so.
There are rumblings in my favourite sport about the next generation of V8 Supercar.
Is the impending creation of a rebel championship in F1 ranks the end of Formula One motorsport as we know it?