V8 fans crowd raceway for Ipswich SuperSprint
IPSWICH fans know their motorsport according to V8 Supercars officials, and they proved it yesterday after packing the Queensland Raceway track shoulder to shoulder on the final day of the Coates Hire Ipswich SuperSprint.
Fans had the rare chance to step on the bitumen to meet and greet both their favourite drivers and the cars they race as part of the V8 Supercars True Colour Track Walk.
V8 Supercars spokesman Cole Hitchcock said fans took full advantage of the event in an "off the planet" morning.
"I reckon we had 7000-8000 people out there," he said.
"It was almost a crush."
A total 46,356 people attended the V8 Supercars championship over its three days before the event wrapped up yesterday afternoon with Race 20, a mammoth 200km, 65-lap race.
A mixed and motorsport-mad crowd combined with strong racing and winter sunshine helped deliver Ipswich's sensational atmosphere.
"It always is here," Mr Hitchcock said of the trackside-feeling.
"They're a crowd that really understands their motorsport."
"We try and raise the bar every time we come here."
Winterbottom was one of several happy drivers to share their weekend efforts on social media.
Rick Kelly paid credit to the excited Ipswich crowd and shared a snap of fans on the track walk. Chaz Mostert shared his excitement to return to Queensland Raceway and said the track had been a good hunting ground for him.
The exciting V8 young gun was proven right after winning yesterday's big event, Race 20.