Fan-tastic: V8 Supercar driver Jamie Whincup with
some of his fans.
YOU have seen them burn up the track at Mount Panorama, zoom around Albert Park and breeze through the Surfers Paradise street circuit.
And now you can see your favourite V8 Supercar drivers right here in Ipswich.
With the City of Ipswich 300 set to burn up the Queensland Raceway track this weekend, V8 fans can meet the drivers in the lead-up to the big race.
The unique opportunity to rub shoulders with some of motorsport's elite off-track kicks off tomorrow night when Garth Tander visits Red Rooster at Booval Fair from 4pm.
The Holden Racing Team favourite, who won the 2007 V8 Supercar championship, said such meetings with fans gave drivers the opportunity to thank their supporters.
"It is great to be able to take the time to meet the fans away from the track," Tander said.
"An activity such as this allows us to spend a greater amount of one-on-one time with Toll Holden Racing Team supporters."
Perhaps the biggest meet-and-great will be on Thursday night, when Craig Lowndes, Mark Winterbottom and Michael Caruso will speak to fans at Redbank Plaza from 6pm.
V8 Supercars Australia media manager Cole Hitchcock said the Thursday night fans' session had been increasing in popularity each year, with hundreds turning up.
"It always extremely popular with the fans and the drivers enjoy seeing the great support they have," he said.
WHERE TO MEET THE DRIVERS
TODAY: Russell Ingall and Greg Murphy at Llewellyn Motors from 6pm.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 28: 2007 V8 Supercar Champion Garth Tander will meet fans at Red Rooster, Booval Fair, from 4pm to 6pm. Bottle-O Racing's Paul Dumbrell will visit the One Mile Hotel from 5pm.
THURSDAY, APRIL, 29: Craig Lowndes, Mark Winterbottom, Michael Caruso will be at Redbank Plaza shopping centre from 6-7pm.
Garth Tander and Will Davison will be special guests at a Variety Queensland fundraising dinner at the Metro Hotel Ipswich International from 6.30-9pm
FRIDAY, APRIL 30: Drivers not taking part in practice sessions will sign autographs at the Queensland Raceway track, behind the V8 garages, from 11.30am to 12.10pm.
SATURDAY, MAY 1: All drivers will be at autograph sessions at the Queensland Raceway track, behind the V8 garages, from 1.45pm-2.20pm.