Friday, 2 December 2011

Sydney Telstra 500 V8 Supercars, by Eva Rinaldi - 1st December 2011

V8 Supercars are moving into Sydney Olympic Park again, and the weekend event is about fun, fast cars and something for kids of all ages. Big boys toys, something for the little ones, rev heads - its all here.

In its third year, the Sydney Telstra 500 is one of the hottest annual events on the motorsport calender.

Fans will get the race but there's going to be more of a full on entertainment theme happening. try on for size the Armor All Auto Show with a large exhibition of famous, weird and wonderful cars from all across our great nation.

The Porsche City Index Carrera Cup Australia will visit Sydney Olympic Park, featuring a truckloads of tech identical 450 horsepower Porsche 911's.

Music - you've got Bliss N Eso, Jebediah, The Herd, Calling Al Cars, John Farnham, Hunters & Collectors, Noiseworks, James Reyne and Crooked Saint.

Disney’s Cars Truck Tour will also complete its final V8 Supercar stop at the happening. The life-sized Mack Transporter houses a mobile themed attraction area and features Ford V8 Supercar driver, Mark “Frosty” Winterbottom as its brand ambassador.

Winterbottom said the Sydney Telstra 500 is an event for everyone.

“We’ve got one of the biggest crowds that turn up at the street circuit so its always exciting,” Winterbottom said.

“It’s a very big family weekend because you’ve got all the activities there during the day and at night time the concerts bring in a whole new crowd.”

The Homebush circuit has lots of tricky turns, corners et al and can be extremely challenging to race race drivers says Winterbottom.

“Its one of the most physically demanding tracks we race on because there aren’t a lot of straights and there are lots of corners,” he said.

“You get rewarded when you drive the car to its limits but it also punishes you when you get it wrong.”

The Sydney Telstra 500 will run from December 2-4.

Tickets are now on sale. Be quick, as in Sydney, it's the quick and the dead. Be safe on your travels out to the stadium.

Promotional blurb reads:

There will be awesome in every moment at this year's Sydney Telstra 500.

See Hunters and Collectors reform for one exclusive show at the Grand Final of the V8 Supercars Championship. Experience three explosive days of racing and two massive nights of great Aussie acts with John Farnham, Noiseworks, James Reyne, Bliss n Eso and heaps more!

Joining all the Rock n Race action will be loads of off track entertainment including the Disney Pixar CARS Truck Tour and the massive Armor All Auto Show.

Note: All tickets to the Sydney Telstra 500 V8 Supercars at Olympic Park include entry and travel on public transport - to and from the game - on CityRail, Sydney Olympic Park Major Event Buses, regular Sydney Buses, Liverpool to Parramatta T-way Buses and Sydney Ferries.

For more information on traffic changes at Sydney Olympic Park to prepare for the Sydney Telstra 500 visit Sydney Olympic Park Authority website.

The Late Mail...

Whincup And Lowndes Win Giant Rubber Duck Challenge

Championship combatants Jamie Whincup and Craig Lowndes went head-to-head against lucky fans on Sydney’s Darling Harbour in TeamVodafone's Giant Rubber Duck Race.

Friends Benjamin Sutherland and Bradley Hyde took the helm of a 3m tall rubber ducky, and battled it out against the TeamVodafone drivers around a 200m Darling Harbour obstacle course.

While both teams ended up in the waters of Darling Harbour, Lowndes and Whincup proved victorious holding on to a narrow advantage.

Tomorrow (Friday) the action turns to the track, with first practice for the Sydney Telstra 500 kicking off at 10.35am AEDT.


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