V8 Supercar fans won't see Ford Falcons and Holden Commodores doing battle on the streets of Melbourne next March.
V8 Supercars Australia announced this week that as a result of its new television agreement with Channel Seven, it has elected not to participate in the 2007 Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix race meeting on the Albert Park circuit.
The AGP is broadcast by rival TV group Network Ten.
Australian Grand Prix Corporation chairman Ronald Walker says the AGP has had a long term successful working relationship with Network Ten. He says he's surprised at the decision by V8 Supercars Australia, “especially since in our previous discussions they had indicated that they would be able to participate at the Grand Prix…on March 15-18.
“We're working on making the 2007 Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix the biggest and best event yet and in the coming months we'll be making a range of announcements regarding the exciting new features of the event, both and on and off the track.”
The V8 Supercars have been a popular bonus drawcard for the meeting: many fans have attended primarily to see the Fords and Holdens fighting it out in non-championship races.
Formula 5000 historic single seaters will race for the first time as a support class at the 2007 AGP meeting.