Sydney Motorsport Park gets set for big event
Sydney Motorsport Park, formerly known as Eastern Creek Raceway, is gearing up for its first V8 Supercars event since 2008, which will be held next weekend.
The revamped Sydney Motorsport Park will host the next V8 Supercars event on the calendar on August 25 and 26, after being added to the calendar in the reshuffle to cover the loss of a second international event that never materialised.
While V8 Supercars will use the original Eastern Creek 'Grand Prix' layout as opposed to the new 4.5km 'Long Circuit' extension, circuit organisers, the Australian Racing Drivers Club, are hoping a strong crowd over the weekend will land Sydney Motorsport Park a permanent spot on the calendar.
The event, to be known as the Sydney Motorsport Park 360, will offer a single pass providing general admission access including a paddock pass for the entire weekend for just $60 with a grandstand upgrade available for $35.
"It's exciting as I think Sydney is big enough for two V8 Supercars rounds," said ARDC CEO Glenn Matthews.
"These prices come as the ARDC marks its 60th anniversary, and we are making a one-off gesture to the motorsport-loving public of Sydney to celebrate the return of the V8s and kick-off a massive week of motor sport in Sydney, with the eighth Muscle Car Masters to be held the following weekend.
"We are very excited about the return of the V8 Supercars to Sydney Motorsport Park, and we want to share that excitement with the people of Sydney.
"We think that the amount of racing on offer, including 360km of V8 Supercar racing and four support categories, plus the fantastic ticket prices make for an unbeatable weekend of sporting entertainment.
"We're very much looking forward to it, and we hope the fans are too."
After Eastern Creek was accused of attracting poor crowds to its previous V8 Supercars events, a crowd of 30,000 is tipped for next weekend.
The Sydney Motorsport Park 360 will be held over two days in a bid to cut costs for teams following the calendar reshuffle.
To compensate for the loss of Friday action, two 30-minute practice sessions will be held on Saturday morning before the 20-minute qualifying session and 140km Race 18. There is a further practice session on Sunday morning heading into qualifying and the 220km Race 19.
Support categories for the weekend include the Aussie Racing Cars, Formula Vee, Production Sports and Improved Production/Production Touring.
"Taking an already exciting race meeting and condensing it into two days can only mean one thing - more on track action, and more excitement," said Matthews.
Eastern Creek last held a championship event in 2008 and hosted a V8 Supercars pre-season test in 2011, undergoing redevelopment to the tune of $12 million.
Tickets for the Sydney Motorsport Park 360 are on sale through Ticketek Australia.
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