No Nitro for SuperGP
Written on the 9 September 2009
AFTER weeks of speculation, the future of the Super GP has hit the skids after naming rights sponsor Nitro reneged on its financial obligations.
Nitro Energy Drink joint managing director Matt Nielsen is not returning calls. Ironically, the company's tagline is 'go hard or go home'.
But the Opposition has been quick to pounce on the issue, saying the Minister for Sport Phil Reeves has had to shift into reverse gear just 12 days after claiming all was well with the event.
“During the last sitting of parliament the Minister assured me that due diligence had been followed and that the image of the event had been enhanced by the naming rights sponsor,” says LNP spokesman for Sport Jack Dempsey.
“Now he has told us that the sponsorship deal has crashed and burned before even getting to the starting grid. This government’s attempt to run a motor sport event on the Gold Coast has been a wreck.
“First they lost the champ cars and now the Minister is trying to tell Queensland motor sport fans and Gold Coast residents that losing a naming rights sponsor is no big deal.
“The Minister for Sport needs to get his act into gear and make sure this show gets on the road.”