Sport

V8 event is streets ahead

POPULAR DRIVER: Five-time V8 Supercars champion Jamie Whincup signs memorabilia for fans at Ipswich Coates Hire in the lead-up to last weekend’s round at Queensland Raceway.
POPULAR DRIVER: Five-time V8 Supercars champion Jamie Whincup signs memorabilia for fans at Ipswich Coates Hire in the lead-up to last weekend’s round at Queensland Raceway. Rob Williams

IF ONE word was needed to describe the V8 Supercars road show that rolled into Ipswich, it would be "professional".

Every aspect of last weekend's Coates Hire Ipswich 400 was well organised and presented.

The only challenge, rather than problem, was keeping up with all the events planned in the lead-up to the weekend round of racing.

The V8 Supercars organisers and their co-operative staff staged a number of terrific activities focusing on the community, charities, fans and sponsors.

They also presented an impressive transporter parade through the Ipswich CBD.

It was a slick week of events.

The QT, as the leading media organisation in the region, did its bit to showcase what a massive, multi-million dollar industry the V8 Supercars encompasses.

The V8 Supercars drivers and their support teams were particularly impressive.

The drivers were happy to chat about their sport, despite the demands of preparing to race 400km at Queensland Raceway.

It was refreshing to see these elite sportsmen so willing to meet fans and offer media opportunities.

The V8 teams behind the drivers were class acts in providing information on their testing, progress and hopes.

One might argue that is their job and that is true.

However, the motorsport fraternity that came to Queensland Raceway were a pleasure to deal with. They deserve praise for their efforts and access.

Some other high-profile sports could learn from the V8 Supercars experience.

Hopefully, the Ipswich 400 continues to grow after another excellent crowd supported it.

To have 48,487 fans at the Willowbank circuit over the three days puts the V8 Supercars event up with our Ipswich Cup and annual Winternationals drag racing weekend.

It's difficult to attract more people to sporting events these days but the Ipswich 400 achieved that with an increase of 2762 spectators.

Importantly, a larger crowd highlights Ipswich's ability to stage major events and fulfil its long held reputation as a sporting city.

Hopefully those who paid good money to watch the racing enjoyed their weekend at Queensland Raceway.

With so much drama and high-powered excitement, it would be hard to not feel satisfied.

MAKING HEADLINES TODAY ...

Dad parading in g-string and bra at BP lands in court

'We're doing right thing by having fluoride in our water'

Abbott backflip a win for first peoples, says Neumann

Qld brings back Saturday detentions for unruly kids

Medicated Jets ward off malaria ahead of PNG trip

Plants Plus and City Pride big believers in small business

RAAF on board for bush bash

Topics:  david lems inside edge opinion v8 supercars



Dog bitten by deadly snakes twice in two weeks

FIGHTING FOR LIFE: Tigger receives treatment after being wbitten by an eastern brown snake.

IPSWICH pet owner's plea for help as he struggles to cover vet bills

GALLERY: Earth Frequency Festival transforms Ipswich

COMMUNITY VIBE: Earth Frequency Festival, a transformational environmentally friendly event, wraps up at Ivory Rock today. Festivities have been in full swing for four days.

One of Australia's most significant gatherings takes over

Check out this rare cricket feat in Ipswich

DESERVED DRINK: The Ipswich Hornets cricketing brothers (from left) Anthony and Dan Wilson, Harry and Jack Wood and twins Sean and Rowan Lutter enjoy a cool drink after all playing together for the first time at Baxter Oval on Saturday.

Three sets of brothers, including twins, play in same team

Local Partners

Tensions high at pointy end of MKR's round two

WHEN an ex-vegan pacifist says "I think people that score strategically need a kick in the shins”, the MKR gloves are off.

Jungle Jay sent packing from I'm a Celebrity

I'm A Celebrity ... Get Me Out Here! contestant Jay Laga'aia with Keira.

BIG friendly giant Jay Laga'aia has been eliminated from I'm A Celeb

Carson Kressley brings 'camp' to I'm a Celebrity jungle

"I am not all Park Avenue and daffodils” ... Carson Kressley.

Meet the "campest” campmate to star on I'm a Celebrity.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi mystery already solved

FILE- This undated file photo provided by Disney shows Daisey Ridley as Rey, left, and John Boyega as Finn, in a scene from the film, \"Star Wars: The Force Awakens.\" Hasbro said it is changing its Star Wars Monopoly set after an 8-year-old girl became upset that Rey, the movie's female heroine, was not included as a figure along with Darth Vader and Kylo Ren. (Disney/Lucasfilm via AP, File) MANDATORY CREDIT

A key mystery surrounding the title of episode eight has been solved

Kids' game "full of f**king paedophiles" according to dad

A mortified dad has expressed serious concerns over an online game

Lisa Marie Presley's ex caught with child pics: court

Lisa Marie Presley, at right, and her husband, Michael Lockwood back in 2010. FILE

Lisa Marie, 49, claimed she was left “sick to her stomach”

Robert Irwin introduces Jimmy Fallon to wild guests

Robert Irwin introduces Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon to a cuddly sloth.

ROBERT Irwin continues Steve's legacy.

ROUND TWO: Iconic building to be auctioned off

The Old Flour Mill in the Top of Town is for sale.

Historic Ipswich building up for auction this week

What $11.9m can get you on Coast's most exclusive street

29-31 Wyuna Drive Noosaville Qld 4566

This is what a cool $11.9m can get you

How a first home buyer built house with no deposit

NEARLY THERE: Construction on the first house to home orphans at Umoja began in January.



Photo Contributed

His home will be completed later this year.

$6.3 billion project to drive population boom

BIG IDEAS: Artist's impression of the new 10,000-unit complex to be constructed at Springfield Central.

Driverless trains could take thousands to and fro from Springfield

Company collapse: Boss goes to Vegas, staff lose thousands

Last chance for staff to lodge their claims

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!