Super Trucks set for Castrol Edge Townsville debut
The American-based Stadium Super Trucks have been added to a bumper support bill for the Castrol Edge Townsville 400 from July 8-10.
It will be the first time the high flying trucks, which run thumping modified LS7 V8 engines, have been seen at the Reid Park circuit in the North Queensland city.
Super Trucks convert Paul Morris, who raced at the Long Beach round of the series last weekend, helped launch the event alongside his 2014 Bathurst 1000-winning partner Chaz Mostert and DJR Team Penske driver Scott Pye.
Townsville joins last month’s Clipsal 500, October’s Gold Coast 600 and December’s Sydney 500 in featuring the Super Trucks.
V8 Supercars Managing Director Matt Braid said the Super Trucks will help stamp Townsville as the best event since it was inaugurated in 2009.
“From the Stadium Super Trucks and the Saturday night concert to the Disney Zone for our younger fans, we have everyone covered,” Braid said.
V8 Supercars have previously announced the off-track entertainment drawcard headed by the 1980s super group Icehouse and Choirboys.
Queensland tourism and major events minister Kate Jones said the V8 Supercars event continues to elevate North Queensland as an ‘events’ destination.
“The Castrol Edge Townsville 400 showcases the city as a world class sporting events destination, boosting tourism and creating jobs in the region,” Ms Jones said.
The addition of the Super Trucks to the event co-incides with the 150th anniversary of the area being declared a municipality.
“In our 150th year, it’s appropriate that it looks like this year could be the best one yet,” Townsville mayor Jenny Hill said.
“The event has always been very well supported by Townsville residents, and brings a huge influx of visitors and offers a fantastic boost to the local economy.”
General admission trackside tickets for the event start at $46.
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