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V8 Supercars confirmed for Sydney Olympic Park

V8 Supercars confirmed for Sydney Olympic Park
September 30, 2008

V8 Supercars Australia Chairman Tony Cochrane has vowed that no expense would be spared to make next year's Sydney 400 race at Homebush Bay a world-class event.

Joined by New South Wales Premier Nathan Rees for the launch of the Sydney 400, Cochrane stated "this is great news for Australian motor sport and reflects the fact that Premier Rees and the New South Wales Government want New South Wales back in the event business."

The Sydney 400, which will run from 4th to 6th December, 2009, will consist of two 200km races during the weekend and will be the championship's finale.

Cochrane has said he would use his contacts in the music industry to attract a big-name act to perform on the Saturday night of the race for which he is predicting a crowd of more than 150,000 across the three-day race meeting.

He explained "Olympic Park is tailor-made as an entertainment and events precinct, and our grand finale will turn the area into a showcase street circuit which will make every Australian proud.

"Already we have been in talks with some of the country's largest companies about being an integral part in this signature event that will provide Sydney with just what it wants, an annual, international-scale event."

Joining the growing list of V8 Supercars street races, the race at the Olympic venue was initially approved by Premier Rees' predecessor Morris Iemma following years of lobbying by V8 Supercars Australia to get a major race in the NSW capital.

It joins Albert Park, Adelaide, Townsville, Hamilton in New Zealand and the Gold Coast in hosting the Ford versus Holden touring car series.

Cochrane also had made it clear the series would never return to Eastern Creek Raceway after a series of clashes with track officials.

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