In years gone by, back in the days when Bathurst was run with a full field of 60 production cars lining up on the grid for the Great Race, teams somehow managed to find 120 drivers with very few internationals. A very different era today though. With a full field in this current era of 36 cars, how hard is it to find 72 drivers capable of going the distance and without breaking or destroying the car. Very difficult without the appropriate experience available to newcomers and where do newcomers to the sport get the necessary experience?
A major problem with Australian motor sport, and one that has existed for many, many years, has been the proliferation of classes and championships. It seems that there have been all manner of new categories created over the years with little regard to the viability or the costs involved. A rationalisation is certainly long overdue but I'm not sure if these latest moves will solve the problem/s.
One issue that the sport's controlling body has never been able to satisfactorily address, or accept or even understand, is that in Australia there is motor racing and motor sport with an ever increasing gap, not just financial, between the two. Motor racing for the F1, V8's, WRC level commercial events and motor sport for the lower level club and state competitions. In an ideal world competitors would gain the necessary experience and race craft from the lower level competitions to enable them to progress to the commercial motor racing world of V8's, WRC and/or international competition and be the next Alan Jones, Mark Webber or Daniel Ricciardi. Motor racing has never been cheap or inexpensive but today it seems that ability backed up by a hefty budget is the only way that a young driver can get noticed.
Rationalising the categories and championships may solve one problem but could very well lead to others.
My couple of cents worth contributed to the discussion.