Fans fuel need for speed at V8s

REVHEADS will be in racing heaven next month when the V8 Supercar Championship Series roars into Ipswich's Queensland Raceway.

More than 60,000 people are expected to turn out to the three-day event on August 21-23, with a number of different racing categories on offer to appease all car fans.

Queensland Raceway spokesman Chris Nixon said Round 8 of the V8 Supercar Championship Series, the Queensland 300, would be the race most fans would be keen to watch.

“The drivers these days are becoming big stars and household names,” Mr Nixon said.

“I'm sure there will be plenty of fans keen to see the likes of Craig Lowndes, Jamie Whincup and Russell Ingall do what they do best on the track.

“V8 supercars are one of the best racing spectacles in the world, they're renowned for the closeness of the competition, the world-class skills of the drivers and the professional teams behind them.

“This is the 10th year we have been hosting the event and no one driver has dominated - it really is up for grabs and anyone can win it.”

Also racing will be the V8 Fujitsu Supercar Series, the Biante Touring Car Series, the Australian Formula Ford Championships, The Australian Formula Three Championships and a locally-based sports car production series.

The three-day event provides a major boost for the Ipswich economy, with large numbers of V8 fanatics travelling from all over Australia and New Zealand to watch the action.

Mr Nixon said the “men and beer” tag often associated with racing crowds was outdated and families were encouraged to head trackside. Tickets are on sale at www.ticketek.com.au or by telephone on 1300 RACER.



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