True colour track walk rare opportunity on Sunday

  • 02/08/2014
  • By V8 Supercars
  • Virgin Australia Supercars Championship

The Coates Hire Ipswich 400 tomorrow presents a unique opportunity for fans to be in the thick of it with V8 Supercars offering a 55-minute True Colour Track Walk.

All 25 V8 Supercars will be out on Dick Johnson Straight, along with their drivers, giving fans the chance to see the cars up close, grab a few snaps and maybe even an autograph.

The track walk is free, as are kids aged 14 and under trackside when accompanied by a paying adult.

Fan favourite and motorsport stalwart Johnson says it's great to give supporters a real chance to admire the machines they see flying around the circuit with the True Colour Track Walk.

"It's pretty exciting because that's an experience not many people get the opportunity to do," Johnson told v8supercars.com.au.

"They all sit up on the hill, watch them go past and make a lot of noise - but it gives them the opportunity now to come down, have a look and see just how intricate and how sophisticated these cars really are, when you really get down and have a look from the inside.

"From the outside they just look like ordinary Falcons, Commodores, Mercedes Benz, Volvos and Nissans, but at the end of the day it's a faade we're looking at."

Johnson knows how important it is to the fans to learn more about the cars and sport, having recently staged an open day at the team's Stapylton workshop.

Always one of the pit lane personalities fans will stop for an autograph, Johnson was pleased to share Dick Johnson Racing's rich history.

He said seeing the fans pool in on the day was a really proud moment.

Queensland Raceway has been a successful track for the team, with young gun Chaz Mostert breaking through for his first V8 Supercars win last year, James Courtney clean-sweeping the event in 2010 on his way to the Championship title, and son Steven Johnson wining in crazy conditions in 2001, back when the event was a 500km dash and the pre-Bathurst enduro.

"It's always great to win in front of your home crowd and we've done that before, going back many, many years to Lakeside and certainly Surfers Paradise," Johnson said.

"So being here and winning here is pretty special for the team. And in the circumstances of last year, and even now to a certain point, it really gives everyone a bit of a lift.

"And certainly as you say, the hometown crowd always get behind it."

The True Colour Track Walk begins at 9.45am tomorrow and will run for 55 minutes.

Prior to that, grandstand and corporate ticket holders will be treated to a pit stop demonstration at 8.30am.

Click here for more information on the Coates Hire Ipswich 400.

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