The third round of the 2004 PROCAR Champ Series will go ahead as
scheduled at Melbourne’s Sandown circuit on 15-16 May, following
a meeting today (April 28) which discussed the problem of PROCAR
Australia, the organizing body, ceasing operations.
The meeting of competitors,
members of an interim executive entrusted with PROCAR’s series
rights, together with representatives of motorsport governing body
CAMS, expressed unanimous support for the continuation of the PROCAR
for the Sandown round continue, the interim executive will put together
an interim management and administration structure.
of the interim executive, Peter Boylan, explains: “We have
put arrangements in place to make sure we can keep the momentum
going and run the scheduled Sandown event, complete with television
and the entire PROCAR Champ Series.
“At the same time
we are working to ensure that the following event at Winton Raceway
in June can also go ahead as scheduled.
“While all this
is happening we are also working on the long term plans for the
Series, part of which will be revealed to the competitors at Sandown
in a little over two weeks’ time.
“There has been
some concern as to the Category Management Agreement and collective
intellectual property rights currently owned by CAMS and PROCAR.
The interim executive is working closely with CAMS to stabilise
the immediate situation and also to find ways of moving forward.”
Entry forms and regulations
for round three have already been distributed and Mr Boylan said
the positive spirit of today’s meeting indicated there would
be a big turnout of cars.
“The teams are
very determined to carry on with one of Australia’s most popular
motor racing series. A strong entry list will demonstrate to our
fans, sponsors and other supporters that our championships are healthy
and have tremendous potential.
be determined to put on the best entertainment possible.”
Some teams immediately
confirmed their intention to race at Sandown.
Nations Cup entrant Mark
Coffey said his team would enter its new $700,000 Ferrari 550 Maranello
to challenge the Lamborghini of series champion Paul Stokell and
Peter Brock’s 7.0 litre Holden Monaro.
GT Performance series
points leader Garry Holt said he would be testing his Mitsubishi
Lancer Evolution 8 tomorrow in preparation for Sandown and V8 BRutes
identity Charlie “Handlebars” Kovacs promised a full
entry of Holden and Ford Falcon racing utes.
PROCAR Australia Chairman
Ross Palmer announced last Friday that the company was ceasing operations
immediately, after 10 years of running motor racing categories and