Fast- paced fes­ti­val of cars and hot rock

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CLASSY LINE-UP: V8 Supercars spokesman Shane Howard an­nounces the en­ter­tain­ment

‘‘ We know that money is tight for fam­i­lies at the mo­ment and we know a lot of peo­ple are do­ing it tough.

‘‘ We can’t un­der­es­ti­mate the im­pact an event like this has on Townsville and I think we are see­ing our­selves grow and evolve into a world-class city.

‘‘ We have a lot to of­fer and we know that as lo­cals, but this is a great way to get that mes­sage across to the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity.

‘‘ We have our iconic land­mark in the back­ground so mil­lions of peo­ple from across the world will be see­ing Cas­tle Hill for those three days.’’

More than 152,000 fans walked through the gates last year with a record at­ten­dance on the Satur­day of the three-day event.

This year’s spec­ta­cle is set to be beamed across the globe through in­ter­na­tional tele­casts in ar­eas such as Asia and Europe.

V8 Supercars chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer Shane Howard said the ben­e­fits spoke for them­selves.

‘‘ Our in­ter­na­tional tele­vi­sion foot­print cov­ers in ex­cess of 25 coun­tries world­wide tak­ing in more than 430 mil­lion po­ten­tial view­ers, so the reach is ex­tra­or­di­nary,’’ he said.

‘‘ Any coun­try in the world would value an event of this size and mag­ni­tude and it will be held right here in North Queens­land.

‘‘ We were blown away by the huge crowd we re­ceived in the first year and that has con­tin­ued on from there.

‘‘ We are in the heart­land of our fan base and peo­ple vote with their feet.

‘‘ The peo­ple of North Queens­land de­serve a bit of a party to let their hair down af­ter a tough cou­ple of months and we are ea­ger to show that big in­ter­na­tional-style events can be held in the re­gion.’’

The Townsville 400 will be held at Reid Park from July 8-10.

Pre-sale week­end gen­eral ad­mis­sion adult passes start at $ 110 and three- Mayor Les Tyrell and Cr Tony

Parsons day gen­eral ad­mis­sion adult passes start at $ 115.

To book, phone Tick­etek on 132 849 or visit www. tick­etek. com. au.

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