From: Brains Trust .....--... SMH Story On Sponsorship & V8 Supercar Drivers
on 31/08/2010 at 02:25 PM
Top article and i agree with all of it. I have been around along time and this is so very true, many people ask me how do i get my boy overseas (my young bloke spent many years riding OS) for him it was luck and at no cost to me together with a trust fund of cash awarded to the boy. However the price list is as follows GP 125 per season depending on the team $150-250,000 Moto 2 is around $250 euro and up. That is the reality to make it you have to pay. Also once you are overseas it does become easier because the level of interest in the sport is far higher so sponsors seen to find you. In Australia sponsorship by most is family support.
All the ideas that have been floated around in previous articles are not pie in the sky but reality is we do not have the numbers and this is clear because in Asia and Europe most riders are trying to make it to the big time and that is where most SBK and GP riders come out of. Hence that is why many of our riders make the move OS.
To our local racing is there an answer to lift it to the next level. Does it need it perhaps not as all our good riders make the journey overseas anyway. We are the small fish in the system but everyone would agree we have more champions overseas pro-rata than any other country. So i look at this as, we must be doing something right. Is everyone happy, i would say for the most case yes, do we all want more, yes, is there enough support to change the way thing happen, the answer is no way. There are only a few that are prepared to stand up and roll up the sleeves. The state of the nation sums up then industry, A hung parliament, if we cannot get that right then they way racing is going you would think we are doing better. If you want to race then there are many events you can choose from. It is just finding the cash to do it that makes it hard
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