Auby Boys withdraw from Supercar Series
The Auby Boyz Team has announced its immediate withdrawal of its 4 car team from the V8 Supercar Championship. The team comprising of Deon Auby, Marc Auby, Jimmy Auby and Brandon Auby will take no further part in the championship from round 4 of the WesBank Super Series to be held at Zwartkops on Saturday the 26th May 2012.
The team has dominated V8 Supercar racing over the past 3 years having clinched the 2010 and 2011 championships.
“The Auby family has been fully committed to local motorsport and the V8 category. We, and our sponsors, have made a substantial investment in the team over the years and it is with a heavy heart that we are forced to make this difficult decision. The unfortunate circumstances at Aldo Scribante and the manner in which the incident was dealt with, both during and after the race meeting, have highlighted serious issues pertaining to the administration and management of the premier circuit racing series,” stated Deon.
“With the help of the Auby Team and the commitment of many other V8 competitors the category has regained strength after a difficult start to the 2011 season. Efforts to side-line the category in 2012 from the WesBank Super Series were defended, and once dealt with, assurances were given that the popular category would retain its rightful place in the premier series. Based on these commitments the team entered a fourth car and was able to procure additional funding from its sponsors, specifically from title sponsor SKF. Notwithstanding these commitments the category continues to be dealt with in an unacceptable manner. This is once again been highlighted by our exclusion from the upcoming Top Gear event in Durban, an official round of the WesBank Super Series. In the light of this we are no longer able to offer our sponsors a reasonable return on their investment. For this reason and the other concerns mentioned, we are left with no alternative but to withdraw the team and pursue other options for 2013” added Deon.
The team will continue its involvement in its other motorsport activities and all personnel currently part of the team will be retained. “We remain committed to local motorsport and will be seriously investigating other opportunities for the 2013 season. V8 racing is part of the team’s heritage and should circumstances be advantageous we would consider other opportunities for next year, or should circumstances change, make an earlier return ” added Jimmy Auby.
The team wishes to thank all its race fans, sponsors and fellow V8 competitors for the tremendous support over the years as part of the V8 Supercar category.