V8 Supercars Perth SuperSprint is on this weekend (May 6-8)
One of more than 80 events sponsored by the State Government in 2015-16
Event to stay at Barbagallo Raceway until 2018 thanks to Tourism WA support
Tens of thousands of spectators will enjoy thrilling racing action this weekend as Australia’s top drivers line up at Barbagallo Raceway for the V8 Supercars Perth SuperSprint.
Western Australia’s largest motorsport fixture, proudly sponsored by the State Government through Tourism WA, is part of an exciting and growing events calendar for Perth.
Premier and Tourism Minister Colin Barnett said 1.47 million visitors came to Western Australia for events in 2015.
“These events contributed an estimated $1.3 billion to the State economy and generated valuable media exposure for WA in key tourism markets,” Mr Barnett said.
“The State Government is supporting more than 80 events in 2015-16. As well as making a major contribution to the State’s $9 billion tourism industry, events boost the vibrancy and profile of destinations throughout Western Australia.”
This year’s V8 Supercars event is the first fixture in a three-year deal Tourism WA signed with V8 Supercars and the WA Sporting Car Club, locking in the Perth SuperSprint at Barbagallo Raceway until 2018.
In addition to the thrills and skills on the V8 track, spectators can enjoy expert manoeuvring in the drifting grand prix, RAAF fly-overs, a kids’ zone, historic touring cars, public transport included with tickets and free entry for under-13s with a paying adult.
“The State Government recognised in 2010 that there was an urgent need to improve facilities at Barbagallo and committed $15 million to these redevelopments,” the Premier said.
“The V8 Supercars confirms Perth’s excellent reputation for hosting major sporting events.
“The new Perth Stadium, due to open in 2018, will provide the opportunity for us to continue to attract even bigger, better and more iconic events.”