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ACT chief Andrew Barr says an attempt to bring top-level motorsport back to Canberra should fund itself, and rules out state support for a plan to revive the capital’s V8 race. Barr is aware of a proposal made by a group of mainly Canberra-based entrepreneurs who have spent the last three years working on a plan to bring Supercars back to the capital. The group had been involved in initial talks about an event to be held in Exhibition Park – potentially like the season finale in 2023 – with a 3.2-kilometer-long hybrid track consisting of streets and tracks. Barr says the ACT government is not currently considering the proposal, but he would be open to a submission that would not cost ACT taxpayers a price. “The Cabinet has an open mind, but there are no public funds available for it,” Barr said. MORE SPORT “So if it can work and pay its own way, then we will entertain a proposal. But if the proposal is for the government to spend tens of thousands of millions of dollars on infrastructure … then no, we are not interested.” Supercar CEO Sean Seamer has made it clear that he wants to stage an event in ACT after the Canberra 400 was scrapped in 2022. “That’s something we definitely want to do,” Seamer said. “We’re not going to ACT, and it’s definitely something in the medium term for us, and something we’m very keen to do.” I was not involved at the time [of the original Canberra 400], but the feedback I have received is that it was just the wrong time of year; it was too cold. “So I think if we can get the right track, if we can get the right time of year, I would love to get down there, and I know that feeling is also shared by my team and the racing teams.” Our journalists work hard to deliver local, up-to-date news to the community. Here’s how you can continue to access our trusted content:



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