Speedway Australia has returned to Motorsport Australia and the FIA for the first time since its first departure in 2014.
With 13,500 license holders currently in the country – along with 257 motorcycle racing clubs across 97 locations – the move will see the hugely popular class join the likes of Karting Australia and the Australian National Drag Racing Authority as authorized representatives of Motorsport Australia.
This welcome move benefits the entire class of participants, to officials and stakeholders, opens the way for government grant applications, and improves the sport as a whole, from its safety to its public access.
Darren Tindall, Managing Director of Speedway Australia, is excited about the widespread national benefits that will come as a result of this federation.
“It’s a huge affiliation for us to be able to come back under Motorsport Australia. It’s been a few years now, but until I can come back and join forces,” Tindall said.
“And when you join those two with drag racing, karting and motorcycling, we have some great numbers for the sport going forward.
“One of the biggest things is that it gives us a lot of credibility when we go to government as part of Motorsport Australia, and that will be very beneficial in every area of our nation. For example, all 22 Speedway Australia venues in Victoria will now have the opportunity to start looking for grants for safety upgrades, lights, concrete fences, all those kinds of things, all because of this relationship.
“Across the country we’re seeing more motorsports complexes being built, bringing circuit racing, drag racing, highway and karting together. I think if we weren’t part of the Motorsport Australia family we might not be recognized as part of these motorsports complexes “.
Motorsport Australia CEO Eugene Arroca echoed Tindall’s sentiments.
“We are thrilled to have Speedway Australia back in the family, and it benefits them, and it also benefits us because we can share information. Plus, it provides a pathway into the FIA, which connects us to international motorsport,” Arauca explained.
“It is very important from a motorsport point of view as we now have a major discipline of our sport, Speedway, once again under the FIA banner via the authority delegated to them from Motorsport Australia.
“For the Australian Motorsports Council, it complements the process of bringing together the entire motorsports industry such as karting, motorsport, motorcycles, drag racing and speedway. Apart from the opportunity to share our collective knowledge, it is very important to allow us to promote the sport in general. We already have a strong working relationship Among all recognized sanctioning bodies, most importantly it confirms the leading international tracks within the FIA and FIA.“
Speedway racing in Australia dates back to the enclosed track races of the 1920s, with the first official events taking place in the 1930s with what they called ‘midget car’ events.
Fast forward to 2006, where Australia’s national motorcycling body became the first in the world to be sanctioned by the FIA through its association with CAMS, which then ended in 2014.
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