News

Supercars give Ipswich a $7 million high-octane boost

TIME OUT: Harrison Downes with V8 supercar driver Craig Lowndes during a break in testing at Queensland Raceway.
TIME OUT: Harrison Downes with V8 supercar driver Craig Lowndes during a break in testing at Queensland Raceway. Rob Williams

THE Coates Hire Ipswich 400 is set to inject more than $7 million into the local economy in a massive boost to the region.

Research done by the V8 Supercar organisation and other stakeholders shows that the August 1-3 event translates to more than 15,000 visitor nights in local accommodation providers and attracts 4000 interstate visitors.

Motels, hotels and restaurants are full during the week leading up to the event.

It is why Ipswich mayor Paul Pisasale has hailed the three-day racing weekend as "more than a car race".

Over three days of last year's event more than 45,000 spectators attended.

That included 18,000 plus on each of the blue-chip Saturday and Sunday race days.

MAKING HEADLINES TODAY ...

Man accused of attempted murder remanded in custody

Saturday Gold Lotto pays out $477,627 to Ipswich man

Bunting, banners and badges ready for City Pride

Figures show our pollies' 'average' spending habits

Falvey family has grand plans for revamped pub

"The V8s are more than a car race for Ipswich," Cr Pisasale said. "Our hotels and restaurants are full and it is a great community event. That is why we have to welcome everyone involved with the V8s with open arms.

"It gets telecast and we get a lot of interstate and international visitors.

"It is an event where the city is on display to the world."

The event has been held at Queensland Raceway since 2003 and is now one of the biggest local events on the annual calendar.

"Any city in Australia would give their eye teeth to have an event like this," Cr Pisasale said.

"Townsville has got it and we have got it. These events don't come around very often and that is why people need to understand that we are very fortunate to have it."

Cr Pisasale said the motorsport precinct "plays a major role in the image of the city" and praised the drivers for playing a key role in that.

"What I love about the V8s is that the drivers are such great ambassadors," Cr Pisasale said.

Topics:  coates hire ipswich 400, v8 supercars




'New direction': The Ipswich headmaster showing staff out

Richard Morrison, Headmaster Ipswich Grammar School

Staff exodus at city's most prestigious school

UPDATE: Driver assessed for spinal injuries

Emergency services called to crash north of Ipswich

Latest deals and offers

Swimwear designer looking for love on The Bachelor

Noni Janur on her first day of filming.

The 25-year-old is one of 22 women vying for Richie Strahan’s heart

Three reasons your mind will be blown this week

Alan Dale and Jacki Weaver in a scene from the TV series Secret City.

THREE shows on Foxtel to make your mind boggle.

Elena wins MasterChef: “I’m ecstatic and eager to celebrate"

MasterChef Australia 2016 winner Elena Duggan, from Noosa.

NOOSA chefs survive marathon grand final dish by Heston Blumenthal.

Shannen Doherty shaves hair during cancer battle

Shannen Doherty has completely shaved off her hair

Brian McFadden makes daughters pay for own Christmas gifts

McFadden makes his daughters pay for half their presents

You can own this Queensland town for just $1

Yelarbon

Unprecedented auction of town's business centre with no reserve

Work starts on $15M Caloundra apartment building

Turning the first sod at the Aqua View Apartments site in Kings Beach are (from left) husband-and-wife developers Alex Yuan and Stella Sun with construction company Tomkins director Mike Tomkins and Councillor Tim Dwyer.

Developers excited about addition to Kings Beach skyline

72-year-old Coast developer set to start new project

GREEN LIGHT: The Cosmopolitan has been approved for development at Cotton Tree.

Meet the Canberran set to deliver another chapter for Coast suburb

Plans revealed for 1500-lot 'master-planned community'

Precinct will be bounded by Boundary St and Shoesmith Rd

Ecco Ripley sales run sparks prime release

MOVING IN: Sekisui House has announced the release of more residential blocks at Ecco Ripley.

Sekisui House is preparing to unveil more land at Ecco Ripley