Organisers of the Australian Motor Racing Series (AMRS) are channelling their energies into the 2022 season, after today announcing the series has been cancelled for the remainder of 2021.
This year’s AMRS commenced with a spectacular event at Sydney Motorsport Park in March, setting the scene for an exciting and successful year of racing. However, the subsequent spate of lockdowns and border closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic forced series management to cancel the rounds at Morgan Park and Queensland Raceway.
While further events were planned for Winton, Wakefield Park and Tailem Bend, the volatile outbreaks in New South Wales and Victoria have left organisers with no alternative but to cancel those rounds and divert attention to the 2022 series.
AMRS Series Manager Matt Baragwanath said while 2021 has not produced the desired outcome, he is appreciative of the support from categories and competitors.
“Our priority has always been to give our customers every chance of going racing – I can put my hand on my heart and honestly say we have explored every possible opportunity to enable our events to proceed,” Baragwanath said.
“Unfortunately, strict health orders have made it impossible to conduct events in Victoria or New South Wales, and border closures have prevented our competitors and management team from being able to travel interstate.
“It’s frustrating for the AMRS to have been so severely disrupted for the second year, but I am greatly appreciative of the categories that have continued to support us.
“Our core categories have all committed to AMRS for the 2022 season and our preparations are in full swing. I’m confident with State and Federal Governments committed to reopening the economy and supporting businesses, we can look forward to a much more “normal” experience next year.
“I’d also like to thank the Benalla Auto Club committee for their continued support of AMRS and our shared values of value, respect, engagement, fun and innovation.”
The 2022 AMRS calendar will be announced shortly.