Australian V8 Supercars created history yesterday by announcing that the Australian Superbike Series will join them at the L & H 500 at Phillip Island in September. The event will showcase Australia's premier four and two wheel motorsport ...
Australian V8 Supercars created history yesterday by announcing that the Australian Superbike Series will join them at the L & H 500 at Phillip Island in September. The event will showcase Australia's premier four and two wheel motorsport categories at the world renowned circuit.
The idea was hatched back in 2003 by V8 Supercar Operating Officer Shane Howard and has taken until now for the concept to come to fruition.
Two of the stars of the Superbike Championship, Glenn Allerton and Josh Waters, both first and second respectively in the series, were at the press conference and later both screamed around the Sandown track, demonstrating their skills and the speed these two wheelers can reach.
Although the planned two 10 lap races will not be part of a championship round this year, it is anticipated that the success will be built upon in 2010 and from there the round will be billed as a motorsport festival of speed. With that success will come the fans who have the opportunity to experience something not seen in this country for many years. Of importance is the fact that further sponsors would come aboard and enable the event to provide entertainment on a new level.
Rider Glenn Allerton said, "I'm excited, our racing will give the crowd another element on the day. It will be great to race with the V8 Supercars, our manufacturers are wrapped". Shane Howard said that despite it being a non-championship round "With our TV at the circuit it will give the Superbikes quality exposure".
Superbike promoter Yarrive Konsky of Frontline Media Group said that he expects between 30 and 40 riders to be at Phillip Island for the first of many years to come and if the Superbikes are successful "It will be good for both the V8 Supercars and enable us to showcase our product".
To promote the event, V8 Supercars Australia is offering deals to the paying public with free pit walks for grandstand seats, a hold on ticketing costs at 2008 prices, and providing camping facilities and entertainment which will include food, bands, drivers and riders, creating a festival atmosphere.