V8s revving up economy
Huge crowd expected to flow in for Winton weekend
WANGARATTA is in poll position to receive a massive economic injection from the Winton V8 Super Sprint races this weekend.
Benalla Auto Club operations manager Wayne Williams told the Wangaratta Chronicle he estimated the event will generate around $9 million for the immediate region from an estimated crowd of 30,000 to 40,000 spectators, competitors, support teams and media.
“Fox Sports is sending 100 people on its own to cover the event,” Mr Williams said.
“The camping area has outsold anything we have seen in the past and pre-sales are also strong.
“I’m predicting it will be one of the biggest crowds we have seen yet.”
He said the lack of free to air television coverage was another boost for the local circuit.
“If people can’t see it on the television they will come and see it live and that can only help us and the region,” Mr Williams said.
Wangaratta accommodation houses, restaurants and cafes are also expected to see a benefit from the three day event which begins on Friday.
Wendy Lester from Gateway Motel Wangaratta said the V8s always attracted a good turnout of spectators looking for somewhere to stay.
“We have this weekend booked for months in advance each year,” Ms Lester said.
“Most motels throughout the North East rely on this annual event.”
Local V8 fans will get the opportunity to meet Todd Hazelwood from Bigmate Racing at Wangaratta Optus from 3.30 to 4.40pm today and current championship leader Scott McLaughlin with Shane Van Gisbergen at Wangaratta Holden tomorrow from noon until 1pm.
But also, in a first for the Winton event, there will be an opportunity in the evening to meet all the drivers at the circuit for a free family signing session.
A free bus will depart from Wareena Park at 4.45pm for the raceway where it will take fans on a lap of the circuit before stopping for the free signing session.
For information onr attractions at the V8 Supercars visit the Winton Motor Raceway website and Facebook page.