Fans forced to be track side for live action
SPEEDWAY: Motor sport enthusiasts will need to be in the crowd at Kingaroy speedway to see the live action of Kingaroy's Kings Royal in 2019.
Fans will not have the opportunity to watch the action from their homes on January 25-27, 2019 with no live stream available due to a clash with the national production sedan title.
Jarred Ash from Ash Media, who provided the live streaming in 2018, is contracted to cover all Speedway Sedans Australia national titles and will therefore be unavailable.
Ash has been working with the South Burnett Speedway Club to find an alternative to source a third party company to run and operate the big screen, the production and the live stream for the Kings Royal.
Each quote the club received was over $30,000 making it not financially viable for the club to hire additional equipment and staff to be able to offer this service to the Kings Royal fans across the country.
With production equipment unavailable the club has also had to cancel the big screen at the event.
President of the club, Travis Barron, said while the club was disappointed not be offering live streaming keeping the event affordable for all those that attend is a top priority.
"Ash Media is a huge supporter of the Kingaroy club and it was just an unavoidable situation that he can't be here this season,” Barron said
"No amount of money could replace what Jarred Ash and his team has done for the club, and if we can't do it properly it just made sense to not do it at all this season.”
Australia's best drivers are expected to return to Kingaroy for the club's biggest meeting of the year to test the track ahead of the modified sedan national title in April.
"Make no mistake, the action on the track will be just as intense as ever at this seasons Kings Royal. The prize purse remains the same and this year's event will be this final hit out for modified sedans on the venue before the National Title is held in Kingaroy in April,” Barron said.
"You can expect to see a big and star studded field over the January long weekend for the seventh running of the IBRP Kings Royal.”