A selection of Australia's champion V8 Supercar drivers including current Champion Jamie Whincup, Will Davison, James Courtney and Mark Winterbottom converged on the Gold Coast today for the official opening of the nation's first official V8 Supercar driving experience.
The V8 Supercars Official Driving Experience, located at the Performance Driving Centre and owned by Paul Morris, is located just 30 minutes from the heart of the Gold Coast and is the first and only performance driving centre in Australia to be officially endorsed by V8 Supercars.
V8 Supercars Chief Executive Officer James Warburton said the partnership with V8 Supercars will see the purpose-built facility offer a new range of adrenalin-pumping V8 Supercar experiences, in addition to its comprehensive driver training activities and road-safety programs.
"The partnership is centred on providing a high quality V8 Supercar experience and road safety which is a long-standing focus of the V8 Supercar community programs," Warburton said.
"Each year V8 Supercar drivers deliver presentations to hundreds of schools and community groups throughout the country with the aim of sharing the practical skills and know-how which surrounds safe driving on our roads.
"Our official partnership with the V8 Supercars Official Driving Experience means that from today, our fans will experience the thrills of the 2.2 kilometre race track in a replica V8 Supercar under the watchful eye of trained professionals in a controlled environment."
Paul Morris also gave the V8 Supercars Official Driving Experience his endorsement.
"I have been involved in driver training and drive experiences for over 25 years. It has always been a dream of mine to bring the V8 Supercars brand and driver training together. With our purpose built facility and the involvement of V8 Supercars, we offer an authentic experience in a safe environment where fans get the opportunity to see what is like to drive, ride and race in a V8 Supercar," Mr Morris said.
"When they leave the V8 Supercars Official Driving Experience, our aim is for them to have learnt something about our sport and about being a safer driver, but also give them a real V8 Supercars experience they will never forget."
V8 Supercars Official Driving Experience, Group General Manager, Scott Jennings said, "We offer not just experiences for thrill seekers but also practical training to make our roads safer. Now with the endorsement and partnership with V8 Supercars we can talk to a new audience which is essential for growing and showcasing our experiences to both the local and international markets."
The Experience is home to two genuine V8 Supercars, several V8 Supercar-based production cars, go-karts, a Barina Driver Challenge and features a skid pan; an off-road, four wheel drive training course; and the only mechanical 'TurnTable' in the Southern Hemisphere.