Fans from across Victoria raced to Benalla last week to meet their favourite V8 Supercar drivers ahead of the weekend’s racing at Winton.MONIQUE FREER April 11, 2014 8:58am
Fans from across Victoria raced to Benalla’s Drill Hall on Thursday night to meet their favourite V8 Supercar drivers ahead of the weekend’s racing at Winton.
Some of the world’s best drivers met fans of all ages, signed merchandise and posed for photographs before they competed in rounds seven to nine of the V8 Supercars Championship Series from Friday to Sunday.
Tanya Cannon and her six-year-old son Russell Finlay made the journey from Lake Rowan for the public appearance and signings, bringing with them a teddy bear covered with signatures.
‘‘He was given to me by a girlfriend of mine that passed away and I’ve had him for the past 20 years,’’ Ms Cannon said.
‘‘I reckon he’s got everybody’s signature on him now.’’
Ms Cannon said having the V8 Supercar Series in regional Victoria made it more accessible for locals.
‘‘I would never go if it was too far away, but being at Winton it’s easy travel,’’ she said.
‘‘I’ve been going for the last five years. I love the thrill, and the spills.’’
Geoff Sillett travelled from Gembrook for the event, and made a special Jamie Whincup poster that he had signed by the Red Bull Racing Australia driver.
‘‘I’ve been staying overnight for the last four years, I just love it,’’ Mr Sillett said.
‘‘I’ve been collecting autographs of the V8s (driver) for 40 years.’’
Australian motorsport legend and Red Bull Racing driver Craig Lowndes said the races at Winton always attracted a large crowd.
‘‘We go to Phillip Island — and Phillip Island’s a completely different style of track, but you struggle to get a crowd. We come here and get a really warm reception, it’s fantastic to see all the locals come out and support what hopefully is one of the biggest events happening around here,’’ Mr Lowndes said.
‘‘History here has been a little bit up and down but it’s a track that I know really well.’’
Erebus Motorsport driver Will Davison said returning to Winton Motor Raceway was important in maintaining the sport’s history.
‘‘Winton is really one of the true places of Australian motor racing, it’s rural Victoria and it’s (got) so much history,’’ he said.
‘‘I’ve come here many, many times and obviously raced here in the V8s since 2006. It’s different to some places we go but it certainly has its challenges, it’s very tight and twisty.
‘‘I sum it up by saying that it rewards a good car set-up and punishes a bad one.’’
The Bureau of Meteorology has released a severe weather warning for regions that include Shepparton. It includes damaging winds and the potential for flash flooding.
Pete O’Neill and Abby Hicks are national champions at the completion of the 2015 Australian Barefoot Championships held last week.
GVAC women Rachel Pratt and Jacquie Fitzpatrick showed the men, and the large crowd at Rushworth Speedway on Saturday, March 28, they have what it takes when competing in the men’s classes.
Two international backpackers have taken aim at contractors who hired them to pick fruit in the region without payment.
Rochester boxing coach Chris Trewin and his team of dedicated trainers have been hitting the bag for more than six months and the results are beginning to show.
Local MP calls for community applications
A special event will take place at Pioneer Park on Sunday.
Jerilderie's born and bred Madeleine Harris has been recognised for her banking and finance career
Concerned Costerfield residents had the chance to voice their antimony health concerns last week after an independent facilitator was appointed.
Strathmerton clinched a win in the high-scoring game against Mathoura on the weekend in the PDFL North West competition.
Deniliquin swimming dynamo Stephen Dalzell has finished 13th overall in his preferred event at the Australian Age Championships.
Murray Goulburn Co-operative has set a date for a special meeting to vote on a new capital structure.
Emergency services are on scene of a two-car crash on the Midland Hwy, near Benalla. Two people have died. Traffic is being diverted.
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