ExPats wrote:EPIP Maroondah GP, August 17th, 2008
With apologies to the TriSled team who were DQ'd after the race, we took out 1st and 2nd at our first, and last, visit to this event. No race report to speak of, and sorry, but no photos either.
Ben From TriSled wrote:Well I promised my self that I wasn’t going to bother giving the happenings of the weekend airspace on web forums…But I have spent the last couple of days (and sleepless nights) with a nasty angry feeling at the bottom of my gut that I just cant seem to shake.
Thought I’d give everyone my account of the day there.
I like many had an uneasy feeling about things within minutes of the event starting. The self-proclaimed ‘Pit Bitch’ turned out to be just that and not more than hour into the event we were being screamed at at high volume…I find this extremely offensive! Not to mention unprofessional.
The event seemed to not have any flow and the penalty structure unclear and inconsistent. At this point I called a small meeting with the team and suggested that we back off and ‘just sit this one out’ as the wheels on the wagon of the event were clearly a little shaky.
I then went on a little fact-finding mission to find out what was what and who was who. The more I looked the more I found. It was very clear that the organisers had little if any HPV event experience. I thought to myself ‘that’s cool…there just learning and I’m sure that things will get better’. I decided to make myself known to the event manager. I approached him, handed him my card and said ‘I wont bother you now but give me a call next week I would like to network you with some other event organisers’. I then went to find out more about this new full coarse yellow flag rule that they were using. The organisers claimed that it was a new rule that would be used at all future Victorian events. But after discussions with several other even organisers including EB present on the day, I discover that they know nothing about it? Hhmmm
I could go on more about what I found here but I’m sure you get the idea of how things were going.
I’m still completely shell shocked about what happened at the awards ceremony. To be publicly accused of ‘unsporting behavior’ (from an announcer who seemed to find the whole thing quite amusing) is extremely hurtful. I find the fact that our teams disqualification from an event is now out there in the public domain (on web sites) offensive, distressing and totally objectionable.
I’ve been running race teams for over 14 years now with only handful of penalties to report for it. I pride myself on preparing a professionally behaving team and strongly believe that the current group is no exception.
This events organizers are learning and part of learning is making mistakes. But instead of acknowledging the fact that mistakes may be made, they took a strong hand law and order approach to running this race. They seem totally unwilling to listen to the needs of racers while working there event design…something other events have become very good at in resent times.
I am yet to receive a formal apology from the organizers or even that phone call (nor am I holding my breath). So with that in mind I would strongly recommend that anyone considering attending this event next year not bother. Why?
A rough track will thrash your rig + organizers with frustrate you, make you angry and possibly offend you = Zero Fun!!!!!
Bring on Round three. Where the event is firm but fair, the organizers friendly and approachable, and the competition close, strong, and friendly! = Lots of Fun!!!!!
The Duckmeister wrote:Interesting, to say the least. As noted by Kitty, the track is as rough as hessian undies!
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