V8s ready to rock NQ
THE V8 Supercars are back in North Queensland this weekend for the Townsville 400.
This is the second year the V8s have visited Townsville for the V8 Supercar Championship Series.
The Townsville 400 event will include two days of fun and excitement before the upcoming races.
Today the V8 Supercar Transporter Parade will start at 12pm. This will be when the V8 Supercar Transporters make their way into Townsville. Fans can watch from the street sidelines as their favourite teams drive past, beep their horns and wave.
Tomorrow there will be a welcome celebration at Riverway from 4pm – 9pm. The event will feature markets, exhibitions, a multi-cultural food court, V8 Supercar and Fujitsu driver signings, entertainment, amusements and much more.
From 4pm there will be a Ford versus Holden showdown at the Tony Ireland Stadium. V8 Supercar signings will then start from 5pm.
Entertainment on the stage will include Steel Dragon, Groove, Alien 8 and the Black Sorrows.
There will also be roving entertainers and rides for the kids and Showtime FMX will be showing off some of their freestyle motocross tricks.
V8 Supercars are bringing one of Australia’s greatest ever rock bands, INXS, to Townsville to play a one-off concert this Saturday July 10.
The lead-up to the Townsville 400 seems too good to be true, however July 9-11 is when the real action happens.
The 2.86km race track is located south of the Townsville CBD and runs through Reid Park.
Reid Park has roads that have been specially constructed and will make up about 70 per cent of the circuit. This track proved to be a difficult challenge in its first year in 2009. However, it quickly became a favourite track to race on for drivers.
Garth Tander holds the current qualifying record which was 1m12.4700s. This was set in Sunday’s qualifying session. The lap record is held by Fabian Coulthard who completed a racing lap in 1m13.4470s.
Last year’s winners were the two drivers who are fighting for the top spot of the 2010 Championship. Jamie Whincup won Saturday’s race and James Courtney won on the Sunday.
After the last round in Darwin, there are only 57 points separating Courtney and Whincup in the championship. Will Whincup gain back the top spot or will Courtney hold on? There is only one way to find out and that’s to be watching Channel Seven this weekend for all the V8 action.