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ROAD clo­sures and re­stric­tions will be put in place around Townsville to­mor­row as or­gan­is­ers set up for the Townsville 400.

Sec­tions of Wool­cock St, Char­ters Tow­ers Rd, Bound­ary St, Flin­ders St and Rail­way Ave will be closed to traf­fic as event staff turn the city streets into a race­track.

Race fans are be­ing en­cour­aged to use public trans­port to get to and from the event, with a bus and taxi hub to be set up near Officeworks.

Fes­ti­val com­mit­tee chair Coun­cil­lor Tony Par­sons said it was im­por­tant peo­ple were aware of the road clo­sures and took cau­tion in the area.

“Mo­torists can ex­pect some de­lays and are ad­vised to seek al­ter­na­tive routes,” Cr Par­sons said.

“Dur­ing the event the Townsville City Coun­cil will have a trans­port hub in place be­hind Officeworks, which will be the main meet­ing point for Sun­bus and Townsville Taxis.

We en­cour­age ev­ery­one to make use of public trans­port to ease traf­fic con­ges­tion dur­ing the event


“We en­cour­age ev­ery­one to make use of public trans­port to ease traf­fic con­ges­tion dur­ing the event. Don’t for­get, those who pre- pur­chase their Cas­trol Edge Townsville 400 tick­ets will get free Sun­bus ac­cess.”

Cr Par­sons re­minded event- go­ers that a reg­u­lated park­ing area would be in place around Reid Park to stop non- res­i­dents from park­ing on streets sur­round­ing the track.

But the clo­sures will do noth­ing to de­ter keen race fans, who were al­ready lin­ing up to meet Team Dar­rell Lea driver Shane Van Gis­ber­gen.

Van Gis­ber­gen met two of his youngest fans, who were dressed in their Light­ning McQueen rac­ing suits, at Jezzine Bar­racks yesterday.

Luca Mor­ris, 2, said it was fun be­ing a race car driver.

His mother Kim­ber­ley Mor­ris said her son had been go­ing to the V8s since he was a baby. “He just loves fast cars,” she said. Four- year- old El­liott Smith- He­garty regularly watches the V8s with his fa­ther, Leith He­garty.

“He likes to race around the house,” Mr He­garty said.

Van Gis­ber­gen said fan sign­ings in Townsville were al­ways “full- on”.

“It is cool like that. Ev­ery­one is so sup­port­ive,” he said.

“The streets are lined with pro­mo­tions and ev­ery­one is here for the rac­ing ... and the at­mos­phere is awe­some. They want to talk about the cars and what we have been up to be­tween races.”

He said he was look­ing for­ward to a re­turn to the old rac­ing for­mat.

Van Gis­ber­gen will be one of 25 driv­ers sign­ing au­to­graphs at Jezzine Bar­racks on July 9 dur­ing the Townsville 400 Su­per Welcome event.

The event, which will in­clude en­ter­tain­ment, free amuse­ment rides, a food court and car dis­plays, will be held from 4.30pm to 8.30pm.

Cr Par­sons said the V8 Su­per­cars broad­cast “post­card im­ages” of the city to view­ers around the coun­try.

“Money could not buy that form of advertising,” he said. “But we don’t just want peo­ple here for the three days of the event.” He wants to en­cour­age visi­tors to stay longer.


WIN­NING POST: V8 driver Shane Van Gis­ber­gen gets to­gether with young mo­tor­ing en­thu­si­asts Luca Mor­ris, 2, and El­liott Smith- He­garty, 4.

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