MOTOR racing organiser PROCAR Australia announced today it is ceasing operations immediately.
Ross Palmer, Chairman and founder of the Brisbane-based company, said a meeting of directors today unanimously agreed to a strategic withdrawal from the industry.
PROCAR, founded in 1994, staged the PROCAR Champ Series events and four motor racing series, the Australian Nations Cup Championship, Australian GT Performance Championship, Australian Production Car Championship and V8 BRutes Series.
Mr Palmer said PROCAR Australia has been supported in the past by substantial subsidy both from him personally and businesses within the Palmer Group, a situation which could not be sustained.
PROCAR will consult with its competitors and other constituents next week to seek input on the future of the company?s intellectual properties, including the racing categories
the category will be a loss, there was a lot more to it than the monaros in the nations cup, V8 brutes, GT production and GT performance, were all procar categories too, which hopefully may get picked up by another promoter...
and the 24hr was agreat event despite the monaros, i went last year and it was great, will be a shame there won't be another one this year :(
Bugger! I really enjoyed the Procar series. The super V8’s are good but are a bit to far removed from what Ford or Holden actually deliver in their performance car offerings to the public.
I’d love to see a format where the yet to be borne GTHO could mix it with best that other makes have to offer. Procar racing offers a format for benchmarking cars that “ordinary” people can put on the road and drive with the knowledge of what the car is capable of on the race track.
It's attitudes like the one above that have no doubt contributed to the demise. Talk about one-eyed, myopic attitudes that refuse to countenance alternatives.
The reality is that most of the Procar categories have offered better racing than the V8 Supercar series has for the last couple of years. The fact that there were frequently more competitors than spectators says something but those who did attend were treated to some great racing.
On a positive note I would be sure that some of the Procar bits will be picked up by Avesco as support categories, particularly considering that they were running together at a number of rounds this year anyway. That way more people will be exposed to the various categories which can only be a good thing.
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