V8 Supercars give red light for top drivers racing in New Zealand
Tue, 17 Jul 2012 6:47p.m.
By Shaun Summerfield
Just a fortnight after the V8 Supercars secured a new home at Pukekohe they've moved to stop their drivers racing in New Zealand, and top Kiwis Fabian Coulthard and Shane van Gisbergen have pulled out of the local V8 Supertourer series.
While the V8 Supercars were scrapping on the streets of Townsville, a battle plan was being formulated in the series boardroom.
Three days after Auckland pledged $10 million to V8 Supercars the Australian series moved to stop their drivers racing in New Zealand Supertourer series.
“I don’t know what’s gone on between the two factions but it sounds like a couple of boys fighting in the schoolyard to me,” says Supertourer driver Andy Booth.
In a statement Supercars said: "If a driver commits to a fulltime, professional career with a team in the category, V8 Supercars would prefer that it is their complete focus, on and off the track.
"This is in line with all elite sporting bodies where, as a general rule, athletes do not compete in other codes or competitions, particularly during the primary season of competition.”
Comments from Supertourer boss Mark Petch are though to have sparked the row after he suggested that council money would better spent on the Kiwi series.
“I think they should be looking after the ratepayers, and that would be to spend as little as they can on an international event,” said Petch.
The cost will now be felt by fans, with Supercar drivers Shane van Gisbergen and Fabian Coulthard pulling out of the Supertourer endurance series.
Andy Booth's Supercar team mate Tony D'Alberto has ignored the warnings - but he could be a rare sight on New Zealand tracks.
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28/07/2012 9:25:30 a.m.
I am appalled that Auckland would fund Australian motor sport when we have a world class series here in NZ with Super Tourers.
I for one won't be following Supercars from here on.
18/07/2012 8:51:03 p.m.
I dont see a problem with the drivers racing in the NZ Series, go back afew years and Brocky was driving a v8 commodore and a Volvo in competing series, i think its v8supercars going to far.
18/07/2012 7:51:21 a.m.
This is stupid do you see v8 supercars austrailia looking at the other side of the coin when they get other full time drivers from other racing classes to race endurance races for them.
18/07/2012 12:58:13 a.m.
Jim Penman wrote:
Mmm thanks interesting considering that V8SC have some drivers coming from overseas for the endurance racing, and Shane’s right should the Kiwi supporters support the V8SC when the come to NZ
17/07/2012 10:08:17 p.m.
V8 SUPERCARS are bitching in regard to 12 hour race to be held shortly at Hampen Downs ..
They should read into theNZ public we enjoy our motorsport and if they quash our drivers coming then they should be careful as we as fans may not support them when they come back here with the "caravan" show that they put on....
Not everyone can afford to see these A Class drivers, even at Pukekohe so promoting these drivers through a NZ forum should be supported
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