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V8 looks to exciting future on Gold Coast
25 October 2009
Despite having to step up to the plate at almost the death-knock hour with just four days to turn around disastrous ticket sales, V8 Supercars Australia is delighted with the attendance given the difficult circumstances.
The four-day crowd of 205,260 would still easily rank it as one of the biggest sporting event crowds that Queensland, and Australia, has conducted over a weekend.
“The real heroes of this weekend have been our teams, drivers and team owners who have put in phenomenal hours at massive extra cost to ensure this event was a success for everyone concerned,” V8 Supercars Australia executive chairman Tony Cochrane said.
“Their professionalism and great Aussie pride have pulled this off and I'm sure I speak on behalf of all our fans in saying just how proud of our V8 Supercar teams we are.
“I know our teams really burnt the midnight oil last night preparing their cars for the second round of battle today after a huge day on Saturday. The crowd response has also been tremendous and we would like to thank each and every one of them for their ongoing support.”
Mr Cochrane said he had received plenty of feedback from spectators who revelled in what was a far better environment that perhaps in previous years.
“It was interesting to note that being a V8 Supercar only event this year how many more family groups were here and the overall better behaviour of sections of the public,” Mr Cochrane said.
“I've been told by Police that the crowds have showed enormous passion for motorsport and V8 Supercars but been the best behaved in many, many years.”
He added that V8 Supercars Australia would now develop a plan moving forward that would be presented to the Queensland Government early next month.
“For our part we are now going to spend the next fortnight developing an exciting future plan for the Gold Coast event for many years to come,” he said.
“Key objectives of this plan will include reducing the footprint to the Gold Coast event and ensuring that a quality program, including an international component, is developed.
“We will have this plan ready to roll out for the review set down by the Queensland Government.”
Mr Cochrane said it was in the best interests of all to play a major role in the event planning.
“V8 Supercars Australia is not interested in ending up in an embarrassing position again going forward with this event. Our reputation and our name in being involved with quality events is absolutely vital to the good health and future of our sport,” he said.
“Certainly IMG and the GCMEC must now recognise that this event can not do without V8 Supercars Australia and we will be demanding to be fully included in any plans going forward.”
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