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Supercars commit to another 10 years at Ipswich - Photo: Supplied

Supercars commit to another 10 years at Ipswich – Photo: Supplied

Supercars have committed to another 10 years at Ipswich Motorsport Park/Queensland Raceway this week.

The new agreement between Supercars and Ipswich City Council will see the Ipswich track feature of the Supercars calendar until 2028.

Ipswich Acting Mayor Paul Tully welcomed the long-term agreement, saying it would underpin Council plans for a $52.3 million redevelopment of the facility.

“Ipswich has a long-standing relationship with Supercars and will continue to do so as we embark on what will be the most significant redevelopment of a motorsport precinct in South East Asia,” Cr Tully said.

“Plans call for a new extended track layout, Australian-first corporate facilities and vastly improved amenities for all patrons and new spectator areas all aim to elevate Ipswich to an improved standard for international motorsport events.

“This major national event also contributes to bringing a total of more than 250,000 motorsport fans to the park annually and knowing that Ipswich will remain on the Supercars calendar is a significant boost for our city’s growing tourism industry.

“Looking into the future, as the motorsport park expands further, the Coates Hire Ipswich SuperSprint and new high profile events will bring tens of millions of dollars in direct economic benefit and associated broadcast value.”

Supercars CEO James Warburton, who was also on hand at the announcement, said locking the long term future of Supercars at the venue would deliver certainty to the much overdue upgrade the facility.

“Ipswich is one of our biggest and most popular permanent circuit events which the region is incredibly passionate about, and proud of,” Mr Warburton said.

“Our fans love us coming to Ipswich, but we also want to see the circuit improved for all motorsport categories who use the track 365 days a year, and better facilities for our fans.

“We and all of Australian motorsport look forward to critical safety and facilities upgrades to bring the circuit to FIA standards, as part of the circuit realising its overall master plan.

“This agreement is subject to these safety and facility upgrades proceeding to enable Supercars to continue competing at Queensland Raceway.”

The announcement comes ahead of the next round of the Virgin Australia Supercars at Queensland Raceway this weekend.

Auto Action will have more details about the proposed redevelopment of Queensland Raceway in an upcoming issue. In the meantime make sure you follow us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram for the latest news in the lead up to the next Supercars round.