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Hamilton City Council backs V8s

Published: Fri 17 Dec 2010 03:05 PM
Hamilton City Council backs V8s
17 DECEMBER, 2010
For immediate release
Hamilton Mayor Julie Hardaker has confirmed Council’s commitment to V8 Supercars Australia and its promotion of the V8s in the city next year.
Ms Hardaker says the recent publication of the cost of the V8s and the fact that it is much more than Council and ratepayers would have wanted should not detract from the fact V8 Supercars Australia is now behind promoting and managing the event in Hamilton.
“As well as being owners of the international series, V8 Supercars is very experienced at successfully running individual rounds in a number of Australian cities and it is good news for Hamilton that they will be fulfilling the same role here. I have found them very professional to deal with and they are committed to a successful event in Hamilton.”
V8 Supercars took over the promotion and management of the event this year and the financial risk that they are undertaking including the commitment to spend more than $1m on the major world class entertainment for 2011 for race fans and locals alike, underlines the level of support that they are making not only to the event but to the people of Hamilton and New Zealand as a whole.
“Nearly 70 per cent of V8’s $10m budget is spent on people, suppliers and the retail community in the Waikato region which represents an enormous financial shot in the arm for our region, especially in these economic times where many businesses are finding it challenging.”
Ms Hardaker said it is important for the people of Hamilton to support the 2011 event. “I urge all residents and businesses to get behind this unique Hamilton event and ensure it’s a successful event for our city. The new Rock n Race format will see bands ZZ Top and Good Charlotte perform concerts and I hope that Hamiltonians take the opportunity to attend.”
April’s event is the third round of the 2011 International V8 Supercars Championship and attracts a massive global television audience.
Tickets for the ITM 400 Hamilton on April 15-17 can be purchased from Ticketek agencies or by calling 0800 TICKETEK.
ENDS

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