Premier Speedway a major tourism driver

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Two big weekends of motorsport in Warrnambool begin with the Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic from January 19-22 followed by the Australian Sprintcar Championship from January 26-27.

Warrnambool Mayor Cr Ben Blain congratulated Premier Speedway General Manager Michael Parry and his team on organising two huge events for the region.

“The team at Premier Speedway do an amazing job, and we at Council are very proud to support them,” he said.

“It will also be really exciting to see Premier Speedway broadcast on free-to-air TV when they host the Australian Sprintcar Championship later this month. I’m looking forward to this being a key driver in growing national interest in the sport, but also tourism to Warrnambool – the best place in Australia to see sprintcar racing.

“The fan appreciation day is on at the Warrnambool Showgrounds this Saturday from 10am until 12pm, where you will be able to get a close look at the cars and meet the drivers.

“And of course, it’s not too late to get tickets to the racing itself at Premier Speedway to experience the thrill of motorsport and to see first-hand why this is such a popular event that attracts thousands of fans each year.”

Cr Blain said that late January was one of the busiest times of the year for Warrnambool, with sprintcars playing a big part.

“In 2023, 84 per cent of the visitors to the Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic were from outside of the Warrnambool City area, with over 70 per cent coming from outside of Warrnambool, Moyne and Corangamite. 

“These are visitors from places like Geelong, Mt Gambier and Greater Melbourne who are travelling specifically for the event.

“With approximately 12,000 unique individuals attending over the course of the event, and when you consider that the majority are travelling, it goes to show just how big a drawcard this is, and how significant it is for Warrnambool.”

Premier Speedway General Manager Michael Parry said that he was looking forward to multiple big nights of racing.

“It’s not just the week before, we start planning almost 12 months in advance,” he said. 

“(The Classic) is the largest sprintcar event in Australia and we’ll be racing on Friday, Saturday and Sunday night. We’re expecting some big crowds in the venue this weekend.”

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