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Sunday, 26 June 2016 00:00

Rogers column: Fighting on in the tough times


Scott McLaughlin's decision to move to DJR Team Penske from 2017 is the latest blow to Garry Rogers Motorsport.

The team will lose its star driver following on from the news that Volvo will pull its funding at the end of 2016, potentially leaving Garry Rogers Motorsport without its Volvo Polestar S60s next season.

So where does that leave Garry Rogers Motorsport? Team owner Garry Rogers address the uncertainty in his V8X Supercar Magazine column in issue #93.

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"I want to reassure you and all the fans that my plan is to continue racing in 2017 and beyond," writes Rogers.

"The important point isn't what Volvo were or were not doing, it was more about what and where Garry Rogers Motorsport were doing and going.

"As a person I have faced many adversities over the years and you have two choices – give up or keep going – and it's amazing that when you keep going what can happen and the satisfaction that you can personally feel when you know that you have achieved something when things aren't going your way."

Rogers also addresses the disappointment in losing the backing of Volvo, after a successful start to their partnership that has netted multiple wins for McLaughlin in the Volvo Polestar S60.

"Personally, I am extremely disappointed by their statement saying that they will not extend their commitment to the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship past this current season," says Rogers.

"I had personally spent several weeks in Sweden earlier this year and the clear message that was given was that Polestar supported our activities and it would be up to Volvo Car Australia to put together a business case in regards to an extension into season 2017 and beyond.

"Volvo in Sweden had informed both Volvo Car Australia CEO Kevin McCann and us that if Australia wanted to do it and the dealers (who were funding it) were behind it, then Sweden would be happy enough with that.

"Then out of the blue we got a message to say there'd be a phone hook-up. Then they said, 'This isn't happening'. I think Kevin was more shocked than I was, to be honest."

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2018 Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix 22-25 March
Tyrepower Tasmania SuperSprint 6-8 April
WD-40 Phillip Island 500 20-22 April
Perth SuperSprint 4-6 May
Winton SuperSprint 18-20 May
CrownBet Darwin Triple Crown 15-17 June
Watpac Townsville 400 6-8 July
Coates Hire Ipswich SuperSprint 20-22 July
Red Rooster Sydney SuperSprint 4 August
The Bend SuperSprint 24-26 August
Sandown 500 14-16 September
Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 4-7 October
Vodafone Gold Coast 600 19-21 October
ITM Auckland SuperSprint 2-4 November
Coates Hire Newcastle 500 23-25 November







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