Organisers for the Can-Am Loveday 400 have created a contingency plan surrounding the third round of the BFGoodrich Motorsport Australian Off Road Championship (AORC) in the event that the current COVID-19 situation does not ease anytime soon.
As a result of the recent outbreaks in Northern Territory, Queensland and New South Wales, the South Australian Government has closed its borders to the rest of the country, with no specific date to when they will re-open announced.
With the AORC’s third round of the year scheduled to take place in the South Australian town of Loveday at the end of July, the event’s management team have now created a contingency plan of postponing the event until the end of September should the border restrictions not be altered in the coming weeks.
A final decision on the matter will be announced before Friday 9 July, giving AORC crews as much notice as possible to begin preparation if it is still going ahead next month.
In order to make it easier for competitors on their preparation, the organising team, headed up by Tony Whateley, have created an alternative option for crews, which he believes will help people enter.
“We definitely have the best of intentions to run our event,” Whateley said.
“Given the current state of the border restrictions, we understand that competitors might not want to commit and pay the entry fee, so I’ve decided to start off with competitors purely registering their interest with no payment until a date has been confirmed.
“As we are working under the current supplementary regulations, the discounted entries close at midnight on Friday 2 July, meaning competitors simply have to register their interest by that date to secure the discounted entry fee of $950 for the event.
“We have a maximum of 100 entries and 31 spots have already been taken. Of course, this new registration process means people can enter the event without having to financially commit to the event until we are confirmed, which is a great result for the championship.”
Interested competitors can enter the Can-Am Loveday 400 by simply logging into the offroadracing.com.au online event entry system and completing Step 1 to register.
The Can-Am Loveday 400 is the third round of the 2021 BFGoodrich Motorsport Australia Off Road Championship and will take place in Loveday on either 23-25 July or 24-26 September.
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