Tailem Bend revs up for Supercars double header

RARING TO RETURN: Red Bull Holden Racing Team's Shane van Gisbergen and Jamie Whincup with Coorong District Council mayor Paul Simmons ahead of The Bend Motorsport Park's 2019 OTR SuperSprint.
RARING TO RETURN: Red Bull Holden Racing Team's Shane van Gisbergen and Jamie Whincup with Coorong District Council mayor Paul Simmons ahead of The Bend Motorsport Park's 2019 OTR SuperSprint.

A boost to the economy and confidence is expected as Tailem Bend and the wider Coorong council district welcome motor sport teams and fans for two weekends of V8 Supercars racing.

The Bend Motorsport Park is hosting a double header of SuperSprint races on September 19-20 and September 26-27 as part of the 2020 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship.

It came as a welcome announcement on August 31, after the racetrack's endurance event was spectacularly dumped from the championship calendar in June as organisers dealt with impacts of coronavirus.

Coorong District Council mayor Paul Simmons was delighted The Bend would be hosting the V8 Supercars for the third year in a row, as it would provide local businesses and the wider community with a boost, both in economy and in confidence.

He said the races would be the first large-scale events the region had seen since before coronavirus hit.

"It is fantastic to see events of this calibre being delivered again, after what has been a very subdued six months - events like Supercars Championship generate a lot of buzz and excitement," he said.

"People are wanting a reason to get out of the house and back to normal life.

"The two rounds will attract 5000 visitors each, and we look forward to welcoming them to Tailem Bend and the surrounding region."

Mr Simmons said local businesses were ready to welcome race-goers.

"Following the impact that COVID-19 had on tourism and the economy, operators are now looking forward to the expected economic boost," he said.

"There will be increased sales and confidence in the community.

"We are already seeing local success stories like the Tailem Bend Bakery, who have been called up to provide catering to The Bend over the course of the two race rounds."

A potential street party the Friday before the second weekend of racing is being planned, but is yet to be finalised.

Mr Simmons was keen to see both locals and visitors reengaged with the community, and hoped it would be the start of returning to some sort of normalcy.

"We hope that 2021 will build on the momentum of this year's events, and that we can welcome even more visitors to our region next year," he said.

This weekend, there will be three Supercar sprint races of 24 laps on the International Circuit, and the Top 15 Shootout returns on day one.

Other categories of racing include the Aussie Tin Tops and Combined Sedans.

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