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Old 05-05-2004, 21:18   #1 (permalink)
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PROMOTER AND BATHURST COUNCIL WORK TO SAVE 24-HOUR RACE

6/5/2004:
BATHURST City Council and the organiser of the Bathurst 24-Hour race are confident the international event will have a future.

Event founder Ross Palmer has been in intense talks with Bathurst Mayor Councillor Kath Knowles and senior Council officers this week to discuss the future of the event, following the decision two weeks ago to cease the motor racing operations of his company PROCAR Australia.

“Council is very keen to see the race continue and is committed to working with Ross Palmer and others to explore all options to see that this can happen,” Cr Knowles said.

“Discussions so far have been very positive and I am hopeful that funding can be found to see what has been a very successful event for the city taken into its third year.”

Mr Palmer was equally confident of the future of the event he created, particularly if there was recognition from Government for the international profile such a unique event brought to regional New South Wales.

“The Victorian Government has injected in excess of $25 million into the Grand Prix, the South Australian Government has come to the party with in excess of $3 million in support of Adelaide’s Clipsal 500 and in Queensland the Gold Coast Indy receives around $12 million in support,” he said.

“The Bathurst 24-Hour is a unique event not only for Bathurst but in Australia and there is nothing like it run anywhere in the Southern Hemisphere.

“Last year the event was broadcast to a worldwide audience in 100 countries and attracted seven international teams, 15 international media outlets - and that is only in the second year.

“There is no doubt of the potential for this event to provide a significant boost to the economy of regional NSW. The interest is there from high profile Australian and international teams to continue to compete, but for PROCAR it became unfeasible to continue to carry the $2 million a year loss.”

Mr Palmer attributed the financial drain to the hefty cost of television coverage and difficulty in securing major sponsorship.
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I personally wish that the Bathurst 24hr would go under! - In my opinion it takes away from the authentic Bathurst 1000, and people like Peter Brock think that winning in a "Monaro" makes it ten Bathurst wins.
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Bathurst 24hr never interested me
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Who cares about Formula Monaro .
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I personally wish that the Bathurst 24hr would go under! - In my opinion it takes away from the authentic Bathurst 1000, and people like Peter Brock think that winning in a "Monaro" makes it ten Bathurst wins.
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Re: Bathurst 24hr could survive

Well, the Monaro is probably the biggest obstacle to the 24hr, given that it's favourable treatment discourages international teams and local Nations Cup from entering. "10th Bathurst win" what a crock.
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Re: Bathurst 24hr could survive

Good to see the usual no brainer comments / posts from the same people.

For those who obviously are completely unaware of a few things, the Monaro is only allowed to enter in 5.7L form this year, not 427 size. So don't expect it to dominate.

And secondly, the 24 Hr attracts teams and interest from all around the world, including tourism dollars. More teams are planning to be here this year (or were until Procar went under) from European and American series.

The GT series is alot bigger world wide than V8 Supercars, so to draw one of the two biggest 24 Hr endurance races worldwide (with Le Mans - both races of which are listed on a few GT teams calendars) is great news, and I hope we can make the most of it this year.

Also spare a thought for people like Team GT who use the forums and put a massive effort in for the event. Last year we went to support them, not to watch Brock get handed a win. Show a little support!

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Good to see the usual no brainer comments / posts from the same people.

For those who obviously are completely unaware of a few things, the Monaro is only allowed to enter in 5.7L form this year, not 427 size. So don't expect it to dominate.

And secondly, the 24 Hr attracts teams and interest from all around the world, including tourism dollars. More teams are planning to be here this year (or were until Procar went under) from European and American series.

The GT series is alot bigger world wide than V8 Supercars, so to draw one of the two biggest 24 Hr endurance races worldwide (with Le Mans - both races of which are listed on a few GT teams calendars) is great news, and I hope we can make the most of it this year.

Also spare a thought for people like Team GT who use the forums and put a massive effort in for the event. Last year we went to support them, not to watch Brock get handed a win. Show a little support!

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Wel said Tim, some people seem to think that V8's are the only racing in Australia but the GT-Performance and even the Nations Cup racing produces some good racing, but i dont think the 24hr can survive another Monaro steamroller. Lets hope the 24hr will return this year and in years to come.
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Good to see the usual no brainer comments / posts from the same people.

For those who obviously are completely unaware of a few things, the Monaro is only allowed to enter in 5.7L form this year, not 427 size. So don't expect it to dominate.

And secondly, the 24 Hr attracts teams and interest from all around the world, including tourism dollars. More teams are planning to be here this year (or were until Procar went under) from European and American series.

The GT series is alot bigger world wide than V8 Supercars, so to draw one of the two biggest 24 Hr endurance races worldwide (with Le Mans - both races of which are listed on a few GT teams calendars) is great news, and I hope we can make the most of it this year.

Also spare a thought for people like Team GT who use the forums and put a massive effort in for the event. Last year we went to support them, not to watch Brock get handed a win. Show a little support!

Tim
Here, here, exactly right mate, I wonder if these people who disagree with the B'24hr would still say the same if Team GT took the win this yr?.
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Well, now I feel obliged to explain my comments

The reason I dont like the 24hr is because of that Monaro which was there just to draw crowds and thats all, and I think that killed the racing, not helped by the fact we get piss poor coverage here by TVNZ, So that why I said that its never interested me becuase you cant really be interested in something you never see, I dont really support Team GT either so its not really a factor of me just hating it because of the monaro
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