Phillip Island event postponed due to Victorian lockdown
Motorcycling Australia and Motorsport Australia regret to advise the postponement of the upcoming Australian All Wheels Race Fest at Phillip Island, scheduled for 18-21 February.
A round of the Shannons Motorsport Australia Championships and Round 1 of the 2021 mi-bike Motorcycle Insurance Australian Superbike Championship, presented by Motul, the event was to feature both cars and bikes on track across the weekend.
With confirmation of a statewide Victorian lockdown imposed by the Victorian Government limiting travel into and out of the state, the decision to postpone the event was made today to provide certainty to categories, competitors, teams, officials and spectators before the ‘bump-in’ proceedings began.
At this stage, there is no certainty the lockdown will end after the initial five day period, and for the event to proceed many attendees will be required to travel into Victoria in the coming days week, with many unwilling to do so without a understanding if the event can proceed and on how they may be able to return home once the event concludes.
There is also uncertainty around the level of restrictions once any lockdown ends, making the prospect of hosting this large event a difficult one, given the logistical requirements and uncertainty around gathering numbers and travel between regions.
All spectators who purchased a ticket to this event will be provided with a full refund, and all ticket holders will be contacted in the coming days about this process.
Work will begin shortly to see if an alternative date is possible for this unique event which brings together a spectacular race event of both two and four wheels.
CEO, Australian Racing Group
“The postponement of the Phillip Island event is the sensible option,” said Matt Braid.
“It’s a shame that this has caused a delay in our second event for the year, but protecting the community, or teams and stakeholders is the priority at this time.
“Phillip Island is a premium motorsport venue, and we look forward to finding a new date to showcase our great racing classes at the venue.”
Motorsport Australia Director of Motorsport and Commercial Operations
“We’re all understandably disappointed with this outcome, given the significant planning already underway for this event,” Smith said.
“The health and safety of all those who would be part of the event has to be our priority and unfortunately race meetings like this cannot just be turned on and turned off in 24 hours.
“There would also be a significant costs for organisers, categories, teams, officials and spectators if there was a last minute cancellation, so this decision provides some certainty for everyone who had planned to attend and makes sure that no competitors are disadvantaged in their respective series or Championship.
“For the Shannons Motorsport Australia Championships, we now look forward to the opening round taking place as part of the Hi Tec Oils Bathurst 6 Hour on the Easter Weekend. We look forward to working closely with Matt and the team at Australian Racing Group to deliver an exciting event at Australia’s most iconic circuit.”