Yesterday, following a request by the organisers, the 2008 Australian round of the World Rally Championship was postponed until 2009 at the earliest.
i-METT Queensland Group Pty Ltd, approached CAMS to put off the event, while complete Government approvals were obtained.
The WRC round is part of a major work by i-METT Queensland Group Pty Ltd which includes an international standard motor racing circuit, theme park, hotels, automotive technology park and education facilities.
The overall project is estimated to cost $650 million.
CAMS approached the FIA to submit a formal request for the postponement, and while CAMS is said to view this request as “extremely disappointing”, CAMS believes that the request by i-METT to postpone the first Queensland event until 2009 is in the best interests of the FIA World Rally Championship, Australia’s standing in the eyes of the world’s motor sport community and the long term future of rallying in Australia.
“CAMS will continue to work with all parties to retain Australia’s place in the FIA World Rally Championship calendar and to support the development of a world class motor sport precinct,” said CAMS President Colin Osborne.