After being hit with significant backlash from fans over the decision to axe Mark Larkham from its broadcast team, Supercars organisers look set to flip 180-degrees and investigate reinstating Larkham according to a memo sent out to various Supercars fans.
As reported by Speedcafe, fans of the series who are contacting the category’s head office now get the following generic response email which appears to illustrate a plan for the popular broadcaster to be brought back into the fold following deliberation. The outlet has since confirmed that the response is legitimate.
“Thank you for your feedback regarding Mark Larkham’s departure from the commentary team,” the message reads.
“We are sorry to the fans who are all very disappointed. We’re overwhelmed by the support of Mark Larkham from our fans. We have heard you and will come back once we have had the chance to discuss with Mark.
“Sean Seamer is aware of the emails and calls we’ve received. I will continue to communicate your concerns and support for Mark to management.”
In a message penned to passionate fans following the decision and published yesterday, Larkham said he respected Supercars’ decision and encouraged fans not to boycott the series.
“I am sitting here dropped on my arse simply gobsmacked as I write this, and with my hand firmly on my heart I am truly, deeply, deeply humbled. I teared up – shit, how can one not be affected by the volume of comments and kindness – utterly blown away is an understatement. So thank you,” he said.
“To put concerns at ease, whilst yes, the decision was a bit of a shock, I both accept and respect Supercars position to pursue a different route and change the primary broadcast team, rightly or wrongly, they will have no other desire to do anything other than what they believe is best for the growth of the sport.”
The moving and shaking within Supercars’ commentary team is understood to be, in part, due to its new commitments to Channel 7. Various outlets have also linked the shuffling to a desire for simpler, ‘less technical’ broadcasts with the aim of making the sport more appealing to a mainstream audience.