V8 Supercars Championship bosses have announced today that the series will continue to stage a round in Tasmania after successfully negotiating to extend the Symmons Plains event’s contract until the end of the 2014 season.
The announcement follows the Tasmanian state government confirming it would inject a further $2 million in funding to safeguard the event, marking a dramatic U-turn from its position at the beginning of the year when it was threatening to abandon its support of the event, which is held just outside the city of Launceston.
The deal is also great news for V8SC management, which had copped plenty of heat from grassroots fans who were concerned that the series was steadily turning its back on local fans as it announced more offshore events.
“V8 Supercars is delighted with this new agreement that will ensure our large fan base here in Tassie will get their annual fix of the world’s best touring cars,” V8SC CEO Shane Howard said.
“It reinforces our intent to remain a truly national sport, supporting motorsport in Australia whilst also expanding our international footprint.
“The State Government has listened to the people to ensure the states’ largest annual event continues at Symmons Plains, injecting significant economic benefit and tourism profile to the region.”
Despite the short-track Symmons Plains venue being the recipient of some criticism due to its cramped conditions, the event has been a popular fixture on the ATCC/V8SC calendar since 1969, where it has hosted a round of the championship in all but four years since then.
This year’s Falken Tasmania Challenge will be held on 11-13 November.
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