Done deal

Benalla Ensign - - Front Page - By Si­mon Rup­pert

Race fans are in for two more years of V8 ac­tion at Win­ton Mo­tor Race­way after fund­ing was se­cured for the Win­ton Su­per Sprint un­til at least 2019.

V8 Su­per­car fans will be treated to at least two more an­nual events in the re­gion after fund­ing was se­cured for the Win­ton Su­per Sprint un­til at least 2019.

State Mem­ber for North­ern Vic­to­ria Ja­clyn Symes an­nounced the fund­ing for Win­ton Mo­tor Race­way and the Be­nalla Auto Club this week lead­ing to the V8 Su­per­car Se­ries con­firm­ing they will be back for the next two years.

Ms Symes said Tourism, and Ma­jor Events Min­is­ter John Eren had ap­proved $600 000 for the Be­nalla Auto Club.

‘‘I’ve worked very closely with Be­nalla Auto Club to se­cure the regional events fund­ing and I am pleased that V8 Su­per­cars have con­firmed they need our fan­tas­tic coun­try race­way to pro­mote their sport,’’ Ms Symes said.

‘‘La­bor is right be­hind Be­nalla Auto Club hav­ing pre­vi­ously up­graded the track and as­sisted with im­prove­ments at the 2017 event.’’

Win­ton Mo­tor Race­way op­er­a­tions man­ager Wayne Wil­liams said it meant a great deal to have se­cured the race for an­other two years.

‘‘It’s our pin­na­cle event for the year, it cer­tainly at­tracts a large crowd from across Aus­tralia, so to have it for an­other two years means a lot,’’ Mr Wil­liams said.

‘‘Ja­clyn Symes and the La­bor gov­ern­ment has cer­tainly helped us out there, which we’re ex­tremely grateful for.

‘‘We hope to con­tinue this event well past the cur­rent two-year agree­ment.

‘‘At this stage we don’t know what the V8 se­ries will be do­ing in three years time, but we do hope to be part of it.’’

Ms Symes said the Be­nalla Auto Club had some ex­cit­ing plans for next year’s event to show­case what was fan­tas­tic about North East Vic­to­ria, giv­ing race fans a new ex­pe­ri­ence.

‘‘Events at Win­ton are not only fan­tas­tic for race­go­ers, but bring in mil­lions of im­por­tant tourism dol­lars for the North East re­gion,’’ Ms Symes said.

‘‘The La­bor Gov­ern­ment as­sisted the Be­nalla Auto Club with fund­ing of $1 mil­lion to resur­face their track in 2015 and I am pleased through my ad­vo­cacy that ad­di­tional tourism fund­ing has been se­cured.

‘‘North East Vic­to­ria has some­thing for ev­ery­one in­clud­ing mo­tor­ing en­thu­si­asts, food and wine buffs, arts and cul­ture lovers, and out­door ad­ven­tur­ers.’’

Mr Wil­liams said Win­ton Mo­tor Race­way was work­ing on a va­ri­ety of new ideas for off-track, and on­track en­ter­tain­ment for the event.

The 2018 Win­ton Su­per Sprint will take place dur­ing the week­end of May 18 and Win­ton Mo­tor Race­way ex­pect more than 50 000 V8 fans from across the coun­try to at­tend.

● For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.su­per­cars.com or www.win­ton­race­way.com.au

Pic­ture: Karl Phillip­son

Right: Shane van Gis­ber­gen cel­e­brates his vic­tory at Win­ton ear­lier this year. He is flanked by sec­ond­place get­ter Jamie Whin­cup and third­place get­ter Fabian Coulthard.

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