Negotiations under way to secure future
V8s on track for more
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.
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.