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Symmons Plains could get two-year V8 lifeline

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Friday 29th July, 2011 - 4:18pm

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The start of Sunday's race at Symmons Plains last year

The start of Sunday's race at Symmons Plains last year

V8 Supercars may have the opportunity to remain in Tasmania beyond this year with a new two-year deal on the table.

V8 Supercars chiefs Tony Cochrane (Chairman) and Shane Howard (chief operating officer) met with Tasmania Government representatives to discuss new opportunities of keeping the V8s at the Symmons Plains circuit.

At this point, the V8 Supercars Championship will head to Symmons Plains for the final time this November after the original three-year deal (ending 2013) was cancelled when the state government withdrew its funding.

That original $1.7 million deal was signed by former Labor government premier David Barlett, who were replaced earlier this year by Lara Giddings.

Speedcafe.com spoke to a V8 Supercars representative, who confirmed that Cochrane and Howard met with the Tasmanian government and that the potential for a new deal is real, although a decision is not expected to be made in the very near future.

The V8 Supercars will head to Symmons Plains on November 11-13 for the Falken Tasmania Challenge.

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