V8 Supercars to race at Winton
WINTON Raceway and the Benalla Auto Club will host a race in the V8 Supercar Series for the next two years.
Jaclyn Symes (MLC, Northern Victoria) announced l ast week that the State Ministry for Tourism and Major Events had approved $600,000 for the Benalla Auto Club to hold the event.
“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 20-17 event.
“Benalla Auto Club chief executive officer, Chris Lewis-Williams, has some exciting plans for next year’s event to showcase what is fantastic about North East Victoria and 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.
“The Labor Government assisted the Benalla Auto Club with funding of $1 million to resurface their track in 2015 and I am very 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.”
WHERE IT BELONGS: Winton Raceway will swap the classic cars, as seen during this year’s Historic Winton, for the V8s when it hosts Australia’s favourite motor race, the V8 Supercar Series, during its next two seasons.