The Bend Prepares for Second Supercars Race
In just over eight weeks the OTR SuperSprint, Round 10 of the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship, will return to The Bend Motorsport Park from Friday 23rd – Sunday 25th August.
Drivers across the Supercars field are already beginning preparation for the OTR SuperSprint, through participating in a range of upcoming events at The Bend. This weekend Tim Slade will take his father Gil Slade’s spot in the Excel Cup alongside a huge 46 entries in the CAMS State Championships (June 29-30) while Jamie Whincup, a winner at The Bend last year, will pair with Yasser Shahin aboard a Mercedes AMG GT3 in the Australian Endurance Championship as part of the Shannons Nationals (July 12-13).
The venue continues its preparation as well, for the biggest spectator event of the year. Whilst the main circuit, 100-room hotel, and karting track is in full operation, there have been a range of developments across the park since last August. The BIG4 Holiday Park completed last December is fully booked accommodating 1,400+ race fans, whilst another 600 campers will enjoy trackside camping.
Landscaping across the facility has included the planting of 3,000+ trees, and recently work has started on the construction of a permanent pit straight grandstand (previously temporary), providing additional undercover viewing for visitors to events at The Bend all year round. Plans are also in place to assist in an improved exit from the venue, with additional exits and parking attendants and provisions for an additional temporary lane on the Dukes Highway into Tailem Bend.
Managing Director at The Bend, Sam Shahin, explains “We received a lot of fantastic feedback from people who attended the inaugural event, and we have been working hard to make sure that year two is even bigger and better. The venue is constantly evolving, and we are looking forward to providing another first class experience for visitors.”
“People have really enjoyed exploring the circuit, and finding different viewpoints to watch the racing – our internal circuit shuttle will allow fans to jump on/off at different stops. Due to the popularity of Park n View, we’ve also increased the capacity and split it into two zones. Seeing cars parked and campers lining the circuit, and being so close to the action creates such a unique atmosphere” remarked Shahin.
A street party in Tailem Bend is amongst several new initiatives, which will kick off the event Thursday evening, with the closure of Railway Terrace from 3pm. Action on track includes popular categories such as Historic Touring Cars, and the Porsche PAYCE Carrera Cup plus Red Bull Air Racer Matt Hall, will light up the sky with displays throughout the weekend. Evening entertainment includes Friday night drifting and Saturday night live music on the paddock main stage. Fans eager to test their own driving skills can also book hire karts during each day of the event. Complete event and entertainment details are listed on The Bend website.
Race goers wanting to get a sense of the latest developments at The Bend can attend the CAMS State Championships this weekend, entry is free. Categories include HQ Holden’s, Improved Production, Saloon Cars, Historic Racing, Group N, and Sports Cars.