ALREADY kicked along by news of discounted tickets for Ipswich residents, this year’s V8 Supercar Round at Queensland Raceway will get underway with a day of free motorsport action.
V8 Supercars spokesman Cole Hitchcock said Ipswich was one of several heritage venues that organisers had picked for free entry on the opening day, which would not only feature the V8 practice sessions but plenty of other racing.
“It’s as simple as coming along and walking through the gate – you will not need to have a ticket,” Mr Hitchcock said.
“It is something we decided to introduce to the heritage rounds at the start of this year, just to give the locals a chance to come along and experience the V8s.”
The opening day of the 2011 Ipswich 300 on August 19 will feature four V8 practice sessions, plus round six of the Australian Superbike Championship, round four of Formula Ford and round four of the Aussie Racing Cars series.
“Hopefully it will help us achieve a massive turnout because Ipswich is a very important region for motor racing,” Mr Hitchcock said.
Having donated $60,000 to the flood appeal, organisers, along with Ipswich City Council, also decided to offer a 10% discount on ticket prices to the two main racing days on August 20 and 21 at this year’s event.
Ipswich residents will only have to show their rates notice or driver’s licence with an Ipswich address to get the discount.
The announcement has boosted Ipswich’s relationship with the event, which has struggled to survive in recent years.
Mayor Paul Pisasale said local supporters of the event had had to “fight their guts out” to keep it at the Willowbank circuit.
Weekend pass: Adults $80, Concession $70.
Saturday or Sunday pass: Adults $55, Concession $45.
Tickets available through Ticketek.
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