Get up close to the V8 Supercars

  • Virgin Australia Supercars Championship
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  • 16/07/2014
  • By V8 Supercars

Queensland fans have the rare opportunity to get up close and personal with all 25 V8 Supercars at upcoming race meeting the Coates Hire Ipswich 400.

In addition to over 400km of track time over the August 1-3 weekend, including practice and qualifying for the V8 Supercars, Sunday morning sees the first 'True Colour Track Walk' staged at the circuit.

All cars will gridupand fans will be let loose on-track to admire the cars and, of course, meet the pitlane personalities.

With drivers on hand for autographs and pics, the exciting experience gives all ticket holders almost an hour out on the grid.

Erebus Motorsport's Betty Klimenko - queen of the fans - is excited about the initiative and can't wait to meet the V8 Supercars supporters out there on Sunday.

"I think the more we as a sport can engage with our fans the better," she told

"I really enjoy talking with our fans on track and I have never, ever seen a fan like a motorsport fan - they are so loyal and knowledgeable about the sport and are always ready with a bit of advice."

The True Colour Track Walk will be similar to what was staged at the Test Day earlier this year, and is free for all event ticket holders, including those who have already purchased their passes.

"I know the fans really enjoyed the grid walk at the Test Day earlier in the year so I'm sure people will relish another opportunity to get up close and personal with their favourites in Ipswich," Klimenko enthused.

Erebus utilised the opportunity to mix with fans at the test day to present a $50,000 cheque the Children's Hospital in Westmead on the front straight - money the team saved by launching the cars' liveries online and at the test, instead of at a formal function.

For grandstand and corporate ticket holders, the True Colour Track Walk will be the second exciting initiatve onSunday morning at the Coates Hire Ipswich 400.

That morning pitlane will be open for fans to watch early morning pitstop practice. All teams are required to participate in two groups over 20 minutes, beginning at 9.20am.

"The pitstop practice sessions will be a big hit too as people don't often get the chance to see and appreciate just how talented some of these guys and girls are," Klimenko said.

The teams train hard to save every tenth of a second they can during the pit stop process.

Another great initiative at the Coates Hire Ipswich 400 is a new Park and View upgrade opportunity. For the first time, race goers can watch the action from the comfort of their own car.

Located on the peak of a bank, on the Falken Straight, just past the Dunlop Corner, fans will get an up close view as the V8 Supercars drivers fly down the straight.

Close to catering outlets and facilities, this is a great way to comfortably watch all the V8 Supercars action. Pricing options are listed per vehicle as an upgrade to your ticket price and each person in the car must have a valid event ticket. Upgrades must be pre-purchased and are not available on track. The cut-off date to purchase a Park and View pass for Ipswich is Wednesday, 23 June 2014.

Use the V8 Supercars App to follow the live timing and keep a closer watch on positions on track while enjoying the race in yourcar.

And remember, everyone who purchases a three-day pass to the Coates Hire Ipswich 400 goes in the running to win the ultimate hot lap prize, a lap around the circuit with Championship contender Shane van Gisbergen.

The competition closes at 9am on Thursday July 31, so ensure your ticket is booked before then.

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