V8 Su­per­cars to race at Win­ton

Mansfield Courier - - OPINIONS/PEOPLE -

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.

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