CAMS lifts ban on Stadium Super Trucks
Stadium Super Trucks has reached an agreement with the Confederation of Australian Motor Sport to lift the ban on the category from competing at Australia’s biggest motorsport events.
As revealed last year, CAMS banned the Robby Gordon owned series from racing at its sanctioned events on safety grounds by suspending its competition licence.
The ban proved unpopular with fans while triggering a war of words between Gordon and CAMS that resulted in legal proceedings with the Victorian Supreme Court electing to uphold the licence suspension in October.
However, as reported in May, moves to pave the way for Stadium Super Trucks to make a return began with both parties entering into talks.
These discussions have now resulted in a three-year commercial rights agreement with the series tipped to make a return to the Supercars support bill at October’s Vodafone Gold Coast 600 and next year’s Superloop Adelaide 500.
At the time of the ban, CAMS had asked Stadium Super Trucks to make safety modifications to its vehicles with the wheels an integral part of the proposal.
Speedcafe.com understands that changes have been made to satisfy CAMS and therefore trigger a return for the category.
It is understood the wheels have been re-designed while the tethering of panels on the trucks has been revised.
The trucks will also race on courses using slightly lower jumps and compete under CAMS’ driving standards.
“The leadership at CAMS has always wanted to see the Stadium SUPER Trucks in Australia and we are pleased to say that all of our safety concerns and related issues have been fully addressed and resolved,” said CAMS CEO Eugene Arocca.
“There’s never been any doubt about the trucks’ popularity here in Australia and after months of discussions we are pleased to say SST racing is able to resume under CAMS.”
Nathan Cayzer, who was instrumental in bringing the series to Australia in 2015 while working for the Adelaide 500, will continue to head all discussions around events and commercial partnerships in Australia.
“It is super exciting to be able to have SST return back to racing in Australia under the CAMS banner, an enormous amount of work has gone on behind the scenes for both parties to get to this point,” said Cayzer.
“With this positive result it is an overall win for all the supporters and motor sport fans of Australia.”
Stadium Super Trucks is expected to make a series of announcements over the coming weeks confirming its plans to return to competition in Australia.
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