V8′s hit Tasmania 11-13th November
THE V8 Supercars Championship will continue to race at Tasmania’s Symmons Plains circuit following the announcement of a new deal today.
Despite speculation over the future of the event, the Tasmanian Government has committed to invest $2.08 million to ensure V8 Supercars continue racing in Tasmania until at least 2014.
“V8 Supercars is delighted with this new agreement that will ensure our large fan base here in Tassie will get their annual fix of the world’s best touring cars,” said acting V8 Supercars CEO Shane Howard.
“It reinforces our intent to remain a truly national sport, supporting motorsport in Australia whilst also expanding our international footprint.
“The State Government has listened to the people to ensure the states’ largest annual event continues at Symmons Plains, injecting significant economic benefit and tourism profile to the region.
“All through our discussions with the Government and Motorsport Tasmania there was a strong will to make this happen for the state.”
Since first holding an Australian Touring Car Championship event in 1969, Symmons Plains hosted the nation’s top series continuously through to 1999 before a break of four seasons until the V8 Supercars returned in 2004.
Holden drivers Peter Brock and Garth Tander remain the most successful men in ATCC/V8 Supercars Championship history at Symmons Plains, each with seven race wins.
Last year’s races were won by Craig Lowndes and Mark Winterbottom, while Bottle-O driver Paul Dumbrell scored his first career podium finish in the Sunday race.
This year’s Falken Tasmania Challenge will be held at Symmons Plains on November 11-13 with V8 Supercars supported by Formula Ford, Formula 3, Australian Superbikes and Aussie Racing Cars.