The CANZ Racing Community received an unexpected announcement today with veteran driver z00lu announcing his retirement from full time racing at the conclusion of the 2016 season. In a statement released on the CANZ Community forum, he expressed his desire to chase other goals which could not be achieved by continuing to race full time in the CANZ Community. He went on to say that while he is retiring from his full time drive at Moobie Madness Motorsport he would be open to returning for endurance rounds in future championships as well as social meetings should they occur. His full statement can be read below:
The time has finally come for me to retire from full time driving in the CANZ community, which will come into effect at the end of 2016.
While I wanted to go “part time” for this year by not racing the main series on Project Cars, I felt numbers weren’t high enough and the series itself wasn’t the best suited for doing live commentary via spectator mode for video replays.
I now have other projects I wish to pursue properly, rather than skimming the surface of them because I spend too much time in other areas. It so happens that for me, while I enjoy racing online with everyone, if I had to choose between CANZ or Rocket League/social nights, the latter wins out. My new projects are more important to me to pursue at this stage in my life, so CANZ has to make way for this. Some of these projects are directly to do with TSG, while much of my time will be dedicated to personal projects.
Unlike many who have come and gone (essentially disappeared and never heard from again), I wanted to write this post out of respect to everyone who has been a part of the RGL, ORC and now CANZ community of racers, who have contributed not only by taking part in races, but also helping in a number of other areas as well. While the year isn’t over and you will be seeing me on track for the remainder of the rounds, I preferred that everyone was aware of this now, rather than dropping it at the end of the season.
In 2017, I will still play a part in CANZ, assisting with stewarding as requested and possibly being a wild card entry for endurance rounds. I would also take part in the occasional social night of racing if there are any (seem to be not doing them so much these days). As mentioned, I will continue with Rocket League and our other social gaming nights – so I am not disappearing totally, just hanging up the racing suit so to speak.
I do hope we see more of you stepping up and being more involved (thanks hyboi for the Bathurst round article, Caderz for his videos and those helping run support series) to assist Scav3nger and hopefully see CANZ grow a bit more each year.
The news surprised many in the community however Scav3nger had suspected the announcement was coming for some time, and admitted he was not going to try and change the veteran’s mind.
During 2015 when Second Degree Racing was on the lookout for a replacement for Alsimo some discussions had been held with z00lu regarding the potential for him to join the team, however it never got past general conversation as there was a hint at the time this kind of announcement was on the cards. I think the move from RGL to CANZ kept him involved a year longer than he would have liked as a full time driver but to say that this announcement shocked me would be a lie.
Ultimately he’s made the call, and a driver with his record should be able to call time on his own career. Recent results probably don’t reflect the calibre of driver that he is, but his record will stand on its own and his presence will be greatly missed when we take to the grid in 2017.
At the conclusion of his statement, the director issued a first-of-its-kind order in RGL/CANZ history.
I think it’s important we recognise fully the contribution z00lu has made to both RGL and CANZ, and I think the best way we can do that is lift the ruling on number retention and lock the #13 for z00lu indefinitely. No matter how long his break is between hitting the circuit with us, his #13 will be waiting for him.