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Old 02-26-2007, 13:12   #1 (permalink)
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HRT Given a 14 day deadline

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By Ray Kershler

February 27, 2007 12:00

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THE Holden Racing Team has been cleared to take part in this week's opening round of the V8 Supercar championship ¿ but the threat of expulsion from the series still hangs over the head of Australia's most famous motorsport team.

HRT was yesterday given a 14-day deadline to satisfy racing authorities about ownership issues or be booted out of the championship.

A hardline stance taken by V8 authority TEGA, which polices the teams, has softened – largely because of the ramifications involved in expelling one of the sport's most celebrated players.

A week of legal negotiations between HRT and TEGA, during which there was almost daily ultimatums imposed on the team, came to a climax yesterday.

Hardliners wanted HRT expelled immediately for having "failed to respond in any way appropriately" to questions about the actual ownership of the team.

However a majority favoured a softer approach given the implications for this week's Clipsal 500 in Adelaide, the future of drivers Mark Skaife and Todd Kelly and, ultimately, the future of the team.

HRT, with its prominent red colour, has been part of the nation's major motor racing championship since 1988.

The team is the official Holden factory team for the V8 championship and is the most successful motor racing team in Australia having won six overall championships and the Bathurst classic five times.

Again this season HRT is expected to be a powerful player after somewhat modest achievements last year.

Kelly and Skaife were yesterday installed as third and fourth favourites in the championship by TABsportsbet bookmakers, behind Ford driver Craig Lowndes and another Holden driver, Garth Tander.

At the heart of the controversy is the 12-month debate about team ownership. Holden maintains Skaife has been the owner since 2003.

TEGA maintains there is a "third party" involved, with the constant suggestion that third party is the powerful Holden personality Tom Walkinshaw, who re-emerged at the start of the 2006 season.

Under TEGA rules any changes of ownership of V8 Supercar teams, part or whole, must be notified.

Insiders say Holden has supplied ownership papers to TEGA. But the authority has rejected them as being "short on detail" or "of no substance".

Yesterday frustrated TEGA officials let Holden loose on a long rein. Two weeks, they said. Or that's it. Two weeks to prove Mark Skaife owns HRT and there are "no other unapproved ownership or control issues".
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Old 02-26-2007, 13:17   #2 (permalink)
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The Holden Racing Team will be on the grid at this week’s Clipsal 500 in Adelaide after having accepted an ultimatum from Touring Car Entrants Group Australia (TEGA) to resolve its outstanding control and ownership issues to TEGA’s satisfaction.

The Team has been given a final reprieve of 14 days to evidence compliance with the Team’s Licence Agreement (TLA).

TEGA and V8 Supercars Australia wrote to Skaife Sports the company that runs Holden Racing Team, today with a binding final offer that will ensure the compliance of the team, with the provisions of the TLA.

The team will only be permitted to compete beyond Adelaide if Skaife Sports can satisfy TEGA that the contractual and financial arrangements are such that Mark Skaife is in true and effective control of the team.

The Boards of TEGA and V8 Supercars Australia have considered and understand the commercial consequences of such an outcome and recognise the need to protect the integrity of the competition for the benefit of all shareholders, stakeholders and fans for the long term.

Both boards are keen for the Holden Racing Team to continue in the V8 Supercar Championship Series but only in full compliance with the provisions of the TLA.

The TLA is designed to ensure that every team competing in the V8 Supercar Championship Series does so on an even footing.

It requires that teams are independently owned. It prohibits a situation where there is cross ownership or control of more than one team. The benefits of ownership are personal to the legal and beneficial owner of the TLA and a controlling interest cannot be transferred to any other entity without approval of TEGA.

Those persons who are granted a licence to compete must be of good character, and undertake to compete fairly and professionally and have the appropriate knowledge and qualifications to discharge the responsibility of a team owner in the best interests of the V8 Supercar Championship Series
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Old 02-26-2007, 16:36   #3 (permalink)
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Greg Murphy isn't pleased about it ,


Owner controversy drags on
2/27/2007 8:48 AM
Greg Murphy is unimpressed with the handling of ownership issues surrounding the Holden Racing Team


The ownership issues surrounding the Holden Racing Team will not go away, much to the disgust of New Zealand V8 Supercars driver Greg Murphy. The new season opens in Adelaide this weekend, with HRT cleared to race in the Clipsal 500. Under the rules, no-one can own two teams, and the Holden Racing Team has 14 days to prove Mark Skaife is the true and effective owner. Collusion with another Holden team, Toll HSV Dealer was alleged as both teams have connections to Scottish millionaire, Tom Walkinshaw but Toll has since been cleared.


Murphy does not think HRT should be in Adelaide. He says if officials let them race this week and they get results or cause trouble with other cars, they should never have been there in the first place. He disappointed that HRT should get so many extensions,because if they have failed to provide sufficient evidence then they should suffer accordingly.


Murphy will be making his first appearance for his new Tasman Motorsport team this weekend, alongside fellow New Zealand driver, Jason Richards.

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Garry Rogers is very unhappy with this decision,


Rival's anger at soft penalty
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February 28, 2007 THE V8 Supercar team owner Garry Rogers yesterday attacked the handling of the Holden Racing Team ownership wrangle and renewed calls for heavy penalties to be handed down.

One day after V8 authorities gave HRT a 14-day deadline to comply with ownership requirements Rogers said: "I think the dispute has been handled very poorly."

"HRT has been threatened with a big stick and flogged with a feather."

Rogers who runs his own Holden team in the championship was critical of TEGA, which polices the racing teams and which has led the inquiry into HRT's paperwork.

After several deadlines came and went in an inquiry which has proceeded for 12 months Rogers said: "There has not been enough discipline applied to the inquiry."

Rogers yesterday stressed he had nothing against Mark Skaife, HRT's owner and lead driver.

"I'm not being vindictive. I would have a beer with him tomorrow. But rules are rules," he said.

"I find it totally wrong they have not been punished.

"I'm not saying throw HRT out because the fans want to see them racing but if you go outside the rules you should face the penalty.

"You can't have one set of rules for one guy and another for the others. You can't conduct business that way.

"There are commercial interests to protect.

"If some teams have an advantage that affects how we compete in the market and if we can't compete what's the point of being in it?

"It's a bit like letting one football team have four times the possession of the other."

Rogers has led criticism of the "sister-team" deal between HRT and Toll HSV Racing, saying last week they had broken ownership rules for years.

"There has been a problem ever since Tom Walkinshaw's overseas business bit the dust," Rogers said.

"In the teams licence agreement there is a list of things you can and can't do. If you go outside those rules you commit a material breach.

"And there are some pretty severe punishments for breaching those."

At the heart of the inquiry is the ownership arrangement at HRT and the position of the former owner Walkinshaw.

Walkinshaw has been linked to both HRT and the Toll team although the Toll team was cleared to race last week.

Under TEGA rules one person cannot own two teams and all ownership changes must be notified.

The V8 Supercar championship starts in Adelaide tomorrow with the Clipsal 500 expected to again draw a four-day crowd approaching 300,000.
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Re: HRT Given a 14 day deadline

Just to say it:
Why not let them race, every day late (remember the original deadline has already passed) Is half a day of practice lost, if all practice is lost, the each day beyond that is one race do not start (not an entire weekend, just one race), at the teams choice, chosen 1 week before the race.

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Just to say it:
Why not let them race, every day late (remember the original deadline has already passed) Is half a day of practice lost, if all practice is lost, the each day beyond that is one race do not start (not an entire weekend, just one race), at the teams choice, chosen 1 week before the race.

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I agree.

I don't think it will be good for the sport if HRT are kicked out as they are a very popular team and are one of the top runners but they should not be allowed to get away without some form of penalty for this carry on.

I think they should be starting from the back of the grid until it is sorted out then perhaps that will make them get their crap together.

Garry Rogers also has a point ,what if they alter the chances of another team during the Clipsal 500 with an accident when in theory they may be breeching the rules and perhaps shouldn't be there in the first place.
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Re: HRT Given a 14 day deadline

What part of the ownership has changed since last year? If its nothing then why aren't 2006 results being reviewed?
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What part of the ownership has changed since last year? If its nothing then why aren't 2006 results being reviewed?

I'm not certain of this but there is talk that Skaiffe sold a large part of HRT back to Tom Walkinshaw without TEGA approval and this also brings up the issue ,which I'm sure is a serious one ,of Walkinshaw running both Toll HSV and HRT or at least making all the main decisions and sharing info which is well against the rules .
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I understand the accustions & implications; I just trying to draw the dots for TEGA to the incidets at Phillip Island last year, with SV / Toll tactics. This is why the rule is in place!
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