While it was becoming quite clear this year’s Gulf Western Oil Winternationals was not looking likely with all the border closures, it has now been officially cancelled by Willowbank Raceway.
The following statement has been released regarding the cancellation:
The board of Willowbank Raceway has been constantly monitoring the current situation regarding restrictions imposed around the country as a result of the COVID-19 virus.
With the current status of border closures between Victoria, NSW and Queensland, the board has been left with no option but to cancel the 2020 Gulf Western Oil Winternationals scheduled on the weekend of 17-20 September 2020 due to a lack of ability for competitors to attend Willowbank Raceway.
The board is very disappointed with having to make this decision, but in order to host the truly national event, all states should be represented and this is not achievable under the current circumstances.
The board has determined that any competitor that has been entered in this year’s event, will be offered a transfer of their entry fee to next year’s event with no price increase applied for any competitors that accept this offer.
Spectators that have purchased tickets to this year’s event, will be offered a transfer to next year’s event with no additional price increase from this year’s event.
Importantly, both these offers will ensure that these ticket holders and competitors are locked into this year’s pricing.
Willowbank Raceway will be in contact with all competitors and ticket purchasers over the next three weeks, to provide updated information and full details of all the options available to them including transfer, credit or a refund if requested.
On a positive note, Willowbank is planning for an event, utilising our Queensland based competitors and if possible those from interstate, which will take place later this year.
Those ticket holders that retain their tickets for the 2021 Gulf Western Oil Winternationals will also have as an added bonus, the benefit of being granted exclusive access to purchase tickets to attend this new event being added to our calendar. This bonus will allow them to purchase tickets, prior to going on sale to the general public, under the limited capacity COVID-19 restrictions which remain in place. Stay tuned for this exciting announcement.