(2010) Bathurst – Mount Panorama – The Great Race…
Australia had its “Great Race” yesterday – and it had a “Great” finish too…
But apparently lying and cheating have become the new ‘Normal’ everywhere now, including here.
Anyone who has the slightest involvement with corruption within horse and harness racing would have taken one look at the result and instantly stated “the fix was in”.
What a crock that result was.
The biggest money team with the biggest name drivers and with the most at stake, was moments way from having it all turn to ashes in their mouths, when Deus-Ex-Machina, a miracle happens which saves the day.
I don’t think so.
I think the fix was put in. And its not like we haven’t had precident now is it. How long ago was it we had a scandal in Formula One, with a driver crashing in order to affect the result? Hmmm… that would be – not that long at all.
Where big money and prestige are involved, it is no leap at all to assume that there are plenty of people who will use any corrupt or underhand manoeuvre in order to assure they get the result that they desire.
In fact people who are dealing in millions and hundreds of millions of dollars don’t leave the results to chance. They ensure that they get the desired result, whatever it takes.
If you have your multi million dollar motor sport team leading the race – but just about to expire a little short of the finish line, and take all your hopes and dreams and winners cheques away, then you do something.
In this case what happens is that an also-ran nobody who was never in the race other than making up the numbers, suddenly has a crash.
Not a major crash, just a bit of a hard bump into the wall that spreads a few motor body parts across the track and brings out the safety car for half a dozen laps.
Viola – all your problems go away: No one was hurt, the fuel dilemma/disaster goes way, the race can still be run for another half dozen laps, and finished at race pace. The crowd favourites come in first and second. The big name sponsors get the result they want. Perfect per the script.
And a corrupt, staged lie.
Perhaps I shouldn’t get too upset. I mean, how is that any different from Professional Wrestling. It is all actually just entertainment isn’t it, its not suppose to be real or honest. Real and honest would mean that on any given day you might lose. And big money is not in the business of chance or losing.
If they don’t know the result ahead of time, then they aren’t interested in playing. They certainly aren’t going to let their sure thing get derailed either.
So the fix was put in.
Some-one somewhere talked to our hapless also-ran and gave the word:
“Yes I know you have been circulating faultlessly for 95% of the race – but I now need you to drift a little wide on one of the corners and give the wall a decent belt. Not so hard you understand that the race will need to be stopped, that’s not really desirable, but just hard enough. Ohh, and don’t involve anyone else please. Find a bit of clear enough space where it can be controlled and contained. Maybe even in front of a good crowd for spectator appeal. Maybe in just enough of a blind spot so that there isn’t very good camera coverage of the incident so that commentators can’t analyse what went wrong and ask awkward questions. Thanks, that would be perfect. And you know, you scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours. Trust me, I’ll see you right. We can manage to get you a few contracts, swing some sponsorship your way… we will make it worth your while.”
Hell, it may have even been jacked up before the race. Get a back-marker into the race as an insurance policy, ready to call on if or when something is needed, call it your undercover team player.
I think I have watched this farce for the last time. Excuse me while I go have a quiet vomit somewhere. I feel nauseous all of a sudden. 😦
And so the corruption and cheating spreads into everything. Or maybe it was always there and I just never noticed before now. Once the scales fall from your eyes and you stop accepting things at face value, is what is left, always and everywhere, the grubby fingerprints of the cheats and crooks?
It would seem so apparently.
Ohh, I suddenly feel an itch to make the Stalin Purges look tame. 😡
(PS – if we keep rewarding and honouring the crooks and the cheats, then they become the standard and the norm. Think about that – is that what we want?)