MCRCWA racer Matt Price powers his new Rosso Corsa Racing R1 this weekend in Italy’s CIV National Trophy. Image: Janine Nuttall.
Motorbike enthusiasts are welcome back on track at Barbagallo Raceway from late next month.
We’re not talking racing here, but it’s definitely a giant step in the right direction. While I’m sure the finer points will shortly be released, I understand the WA Sporting Car Club has finalised a longterm agreement which should see bikes powering around the 2.4km Wanneroo Circuit from August 24.
The WASCC has teamed up with Queensland-based organisation RACERS and its event delivery arm Track Action.
RACERS, which is associated with Queensland Raceways, makes the following claims on its website:
- It is the only organisation in Australia that provides event and competitor accreditation along with the required insurances for all aspects of motorsport and recreational activities for both tar sealed and dirt tracks for both two and four wheeled events.
- It is the only national motorcycle accrediting agency with APRA approved Public Liability and Private Accident cover.
- The comprehensive package of insurance cover is under-written by the world’s largest supplier of insurance to motorsports SLE.
In preparing this report, I emailed the MCRCWA, the WASCC and MA today, Saturday. MCRCWA president Tim Simmons called me back. He had this to say:
“MCRCWA is happy to see that motorcycle activity may be returning to Barbagallo Raceway in 2018. However we are disappointed that the WASCC Board didn’t accept the Phase 2 Track License from MA that would have allowed MCRCWA to run some of our events at Barbagallo Raceway. In response to your query, MCRCWA has never, and would never, try to stop or penalise our members for participating in motorcycle events run by other promoters or under other insurance providers. MCRCWA continues to hope that we will be able to return to Barbagallo Raceway in the future to promote riding or racing events.”
I’m advised the RACERS events will not sanctioned by Motorcycling Australia. But the MCRCWA has made it clear it will place no restrictions on its members from taking advantage of the new licensing arrangements at Barbagallo Raceway. And that, in anyone’s language, is a conciliatory expression.
During 2018, the State motorcycling body has been successfully conducting its activities at Collie Motorplex That’s a lot closer than Wanneroo for many riders, but a serious hike from those from Geraldton and surrounds.
I must add that I emailed the WASCC a list of 15 motorsport questions on June 28. That email remains unanswered.
These included requests, with specific queries, for updates on
- resurfacing Barbagallo Raceway, and,
- the ongoing situation between the WASCC, MA and the MCRCWA.
I do note the WASCC website on June 12 advised members trackwork would be done during December/January.
Anyway, hats off to the WASCC board because this move is huge for WA motorsport. There is no question the WASCC hasn’t done its due diligence. And this bold move has the potential of far reaching ramifications!
Those interested can visit www.https://racers.world/track-action for a comprehensive guide to what is required for RACERS accreditation. It should be of interest to all motorsport participants.
Watch this space.
RACERS is short for Recreation And Competitive Events Resources & Services Pty Ltd.
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