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§ Australian Grand Prix Officials complain to F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone that new V6 cars are too quiet
Australian Grand Prix organisers have complained to Formula One commercial supremo Bernie Ecclestone about the quieter V6-powered cars and say their reduced volume may have breached race contracts with Formula One management.
Australian Grand Prix Corporation (AGPC) chairman Ron Walker had already expressed his misgivings to Ecclestone, the organiser's chief executive Andrew Westacott told Fairfax radio on Monday.
The complaint adds a touch more drama to an already controversial race which Australian driver Daniel Ricciardo finish second before being disqualified when officials found Red Bull had breached fuel-flow rules.
Ricciardo and his Red Bull team have launched an appeal against the disqualification.
Westacott said the quieter cars had taken something away from the F1 spectacle for fans at the race.
"One aspect of it was just a little bit duller than it's ever been before and that's part of the mix and the chemistry that they're going to have to get right," Westacott said.
"Ron spoke to (Ecclestone) after the race and said the fans don't like it in the venue.
"We pay for a product, we've got contracts in place, we are looking at those very, very seriously because we reckon there has probably been some breaches."
The season-opening Grand Prix in Melbourne raised the curtain on F1's technological revolution, which includes new turbocharged hybrid engines.
Some pundits have bemoaned the quieter cars, saying they preferred the more robust noise of the previous V8 engines.
Team principals of the major F1 outfits shrugged off the change at Albert Park, saying fans would get used to it.
Formula One management was unable to provide immediate comment.
The Singapore office of private equity group CVC Capital, the largest shareholder in Formula One, declined to comment when contacted and referred enquiries to their London office, which was closed.
The Victorian Government has yet to sign an extension to the Grand Prix contract, which expires in 2015.
Walker said this week that the AGPC had hammered out a new deal to keep the race in Melbourne with F1 management but it needed to be signed off by the state government.
A spokepserson for Victorian sport and recreation minister Hugh Delahunty said the Government wanted to keep the race and that only cost would be a consideration.
The spokesperson said there was "no rush" to sign, however.
Recent races have cost Victoria taxpayers more than $50 million a year.
Germany's Nico Rosberg won the season-opener at Albert Park for Mercedes. from ABC News 18/3/14
§ Scrap off-road motorbike noise laws: CMC
By Stephanie Smail, ABC. Posted Thu Apr 15, 2010 12:45pm AEST
The Crime and Misconduct Commission (CMC) says existing Queensland laws to regulate off-road motorbike noise should be scrapped.
Legislation introduced in 2006 gave police and the courts more power to target riders who were considered too loud.
A CMC report tabled in State Parliament today says the laws have done little to change the situation.
CMC research director Dr Margot Legosz says the system needs to change.
"They're terribly complex - it's very, very difficult to understand the legislation," he said.
"They simply don't translate into an enforceable activity that police can follow.
"They don't work."
For the complete CMC report, go to http://www.cmc.qld.gov.au/asp/index.asp?pgid=10887, and type in "noise" in the search box.
A notable feature of the report is that over 8000 complaints were received over 2 years, with only a handful of enforcement actions being taken, frequently by the same police officers in the same region.