An embarrassing lack of competitor support has led to the cancellation of the Aeroflow Outlaw Nitro Funny Car series event scheduled for Adelaide International Raceway on Saturday, 4 January.
AONFC organisers announced the series' second date just two weeks ago, creating an uncomfortable clash with Fuchs South Coast Raceway Portland's long-standing and traditionally well-supported New Year event (4-5 January).
The Portland event is also the opening round of ANDRA's 2014 Sportsman Series – ANDRA's Group 2, 3 and 4 national championship ironically also sponsored by Aeroflow.
Portland is just 550km away from Adelaide.
Announcing the cancellation, AIR promoter, Rino D'Alfonso of Racing Onn Promotions released a statement late last night that read in part:
"It is my biggest apology, but I have had to cancel the 4th January's Bendigo Bank Elizabeth & Virginia presents the Aeroflow Outlaw Nitro Funny Cars at Adelaide International Raceway due to lack of entries.
"Once again our apology, but without the racers support, I am not able to run an event."
AONFC organisers followed shortly after with a media release claiming "circumstances beyond the control of the series organisers and track promoter"
"We are all really disappointed to have to make this decision but the entry level for the support categories is insufficient for the viability of the event, due in part to the date clash with the Aeroflow Sportsman round in Portland," AONFC Manager, Steve Bettes said.
AIR's next competition event is now not until Saturday, 15 March, while it will be nine months before the AONFC makes an appearance in Adelaide.
The 6 September date also coincides with the first week of the AFL Finals, creating another potential clash, this time with a possible home final for either the Adelaide Crows or Port Power should they make the final eight.