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Garry Rogers Motorsport has said they will not contest this year’s Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 if prospective Supercars debutant Nathan Herne cannot race.
Herne has been refused dispensation for a Motorsport Australia Superlicence to compete in the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship from the governing body.
Garry Rogers Motorsport released the following statement on Facebook in reply to the refusal by Motorsport Australia (you can see MA’s release below)
GRM: The statement of Motorsport Australia this afternoon is disappointing, but not surprising. Both Motorsport Australia and Supercars have made the process of Nathan Herne’s licence dispensation difficult from the beginning.
Over my 57 years in Motorsport the most satisfaction I have is seeking and introducing young up and coming talent. Motorsport is certainly a sport that is financially driven and I am fortunate that I have the ability to assist young talent that I see worthy.
At this point, it is disappointing that Motorsport Australia and Supercars don’t share this vision.
In my eyes, the Bathurst 1000 is the people’s race and any young driver with the talent that Nathan has should believe they can get there without necessarily taking the Super2/Super3 route.
We intend to pursue this matter and look forward to having Tyler and Nathan on the grid at Bathurst.
MEDIA STATEMENT: Motorsport Australia – Nathan Herne – Superlicence Dispensation
Motorsport Australia has advised it will not provide a Superlicence dispensation for Nathan Herne as part of the GRM wildcard entry for this year’s Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000.
“In considering the circumstances and the driver’s experience, as well as the fact that this dispensation is being requested for one of the most challenging motorsport events and venues in the world, Motorsport Australia has decided not to provide a dispensation to Nathan Herne,” Motorsport Australia CEO Eugene Arocca said.
“Motorsport Australia has consulted with the Supercars Commission who are aligned with this decision, given the nature of the event and the location in question.
“Nathan has also yet to compete in any Supercars event, and has no Super2 or Super3 experience, so consideration of the risks of stepping straight into a Supercar at the top level at Bathurst was a part of our decision making process.
“The Superlicence requirement was introduced in 2016 by Motorsport Australia and is intended to maintain the highest safety and driving standards across the sport.”
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