The Australian Grand Prix Corporation (AGPC) have scratched the new event, citing ongoing challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Planned to be held at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit from 22 – 24 October, the Bass Coast Festival of Motorsport has now gone as quickly as it came after having only been announced publicly a month ago.
The festival was intended to provide a much-needed boost to the local event and tourist economy of Phillip Island after the 2021 Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix was cancelled earlier this year alongside the 2021 Formula 1® Australian Grand Prix at Albert Park.
Australian Grand Prix Corporation (AGPC) CEO, Andrew Westacott, said despite the AGPC’s determination to deliver the event, it was not possible given the current environment.
“AGPC would like to thank the Victorian Government, Supercars, Australian Superbike Championship, Porsche Carrera Cup, the Bass Coast Shire Council and associated tourism and business groups for their support during the event creation and planning phases in recent weeks,” said Mr Westacott.
“Our appreciation also extends to the legion of motorsport fans who provided their support for this new event concept.”
The AGPC will now focus their attention on the 2022 MotoGP™ and F1® motorsport programs, also announcing today the confirmed driver line-up for the 2022 Formula 1® season.
Photo: Phillip Island Circuit