Ne­go­ti­a­tions un­der way to se­cure fu­ture

V8s on track for more

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - SA­MAN­THA HEALY sa­man­tha. healy@ news. com. au

OR­GAN­IS­ERS are promis­ing to take the Cas­trol Edge Townsville 400 to the next level in 2016, with ne­go­ti­a­tions al­ready un­der way to se­cure the event be­yond next year.

The con­tract for the Townsville leg of the V8 Su­per­cars se- ries is up for re­newal next year, but the event has strong back­ing from politi­cians, fans and driv­ers.

More than 152,000 peo­ple went through the gates at Reid Park dur­ing the three days of ac­tion, with the evening con­certs fea­tur­ing Hill­top Hoods, Birds of Tokyo and The Liv­ing End lur­ing mas­sive crowds.

It was the sec­ond big­gest crowd in the event’s history be­hind the first year.

V8 Su­per­cars event man­ager Rachael White said the in­vest­ment in the two nights of con­certs had paid off.

“We will be look­ing at tak­ing it to the next level next year,” she said.

Ms White

said

the

event had eco­nomic ben­e­fits for the re­gion and the cham­pi­onships, with an in­crease in TV view­ers dur­ing the three days of rac­ing.

For Townsville 400 cham­pion Mark Win­ter­bot­tom, the num­ber of visi­tors should speak for it­self.

“We love this event. Crowd num­bers are up so it is show­ing all of the right signs that the event is still strong,” he said. “The at­mos­phere and ev­ery­thing was awe­some and we would love to see it stay ( in Townsville).

“It is a big part of the cham­pi­onship. It has to stay. It is a vi­tal part.”

Win­ter­bot­tom, who won both Townsville races and leads the V8 Su­per­cars leader- board, said the Reid Park track had ev­ery­thing.

“For the cars, the driv­ers, it is bru­tal. You wake up sore,” he said. “You are push­ing the cars and teams to the limit and when you win, it makes it feel re­ally re­ward­ing.”

The bar­ri­ers were be­ing re­moved yesterday, with the park ex­pected to be back to nor­mal by early Au­gust.

Roads around the precinct were ex­pected to be re­opened last night.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.