V8s revving up econ­omy

Huge crowd ex­pected to flow in for Win­ton week­end

Wangaratta Chronicle - - News - By TER­RAIN RACE

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.

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