Without brakes. Five sins of a new Grand Prix promoter

After what I saw at the Prague circuit last Saturday, I’m sure this round should be removed from the calendar once and for all. Narrow straights, specific curves and a heavy sprint let him pass just as much as in Formula 1 in Monte Carlo. I know, a Prague fan can spend a fun weekend exploring the charming Old Town. He can also drink a nice beer. Speedway cannot be seen there, however. It’s just as indigestible as reheated dumplings.

If we add a few not-too-prestige venues to Prague (any speedway fan probably knows what I’m talking about), it turns out we’re not dealing with entertainment in the salons, but with an ordinary, rural festival.

Time is running out and we still don’t know if we’ll see the Oceania Grand Prix for dessert. Such an unfinished calendar is a complete lack of professionalism. It’s like we don’t know if PGE Ekstraliga is planning a finale this season. Of course we know, and in the case of GPs, we know we know nothing.

We have leaks because these are the statements by Tomasz Gaszyński, manager Max Fricke and PZM president Michał Sikora that there will be no Oceania GP this year. At Eurosport Events, however, nobody spoke and told us what it would be like in the end. Will the final be the GP in Toruń scheduled for October 2? Or maybe there will be racing somewhere in distant Australia on November 5. An amateur, that’s an understatement.

I omit the fact that the return to Australia or New Zealand had to show a new quality.

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Warsaw is behind us, a little later Gorzów, then Wrocław and finally Toruń. Only in pandemic times were there more Grand Prix rounds in Poland. As for me, it shows one thing – the main thing is money. Four GP rounds in one country has nothing to do with branding and prestige. It’s just making money. Average PLN 2.5 million each. Total 10. If we were a cash cow for BSI, who are we now.

And let no one believe that, due to the change of roles (the club ultimately pays for the GP, not the city), Gorzów will pay less than the nearly 2.4 million previously mentioned. A few days ago I got a message that this change only caused the payment to be split into installments. Now 1.5 million, half a million in a year, another half in two years. Because the money has to be right.

The Alan Parsons Project flies in the background as the players choose their starting grids for the semi-finals and final. “Sirius” isn’t enough to squeeze me into a chair, though. Also, the scene that looks like a submarine has just emerged in the middle of the turf doesn’t give me any extra thrills. It’s and fun, but if it wasn’t, the world wouldn’t collapse. There is nothing in my relationship with the GP that I have not seen before. There are no fireworks. Another thing is that I mean the least of them. The foundation is a solid calendar skeleton with flagships (Warsaw, Cardiff) and locations where the regular fan can say yes, it’s not just about money, it’s about promotion and expansion. When you look at the 2022 calendar, there’s nothing more to it than squeezing the money.

And here I go back to my fellow editor who also mentioned that he bought admission and couldn’t watch the first round. The transaction did not go through. He tried once, twice, three times and nothing. I succeeded, but I would like to add: it should not have been this way. I won’t say the GP is less available than a year ago because the Warsaw ore in the open channel made a difference. It’s a shame, however, that only Polish rounds can be viewed at no extra cost, which can also be a problem for older viewers. On the other hand, how many fan wallets can be emptied. I know, it’s only a dozen zlotys a month, but still. The whole cycle in an open channel would be a promotion.

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