Eyes of a nation focus on sprintcars in Rockhampton

THE arrival of the World Series Sprintcars in Rockhampton next week has sparked nationwide interest.

A crowd of about 5000 is expected to hit the Rockhampton Showgrounds for round two of the international event on Wednesday night.

The Rockhampton Saloon Car Club is preparing for a sell-out, with tickets being sold as far away as Darwin.

"It's the most prestigious speedway event in Australia,'' Rockhampton Saloon Car Club vice-president Mark Hogan said.

To cope with the huge demand, the Rockhampton Saloon Car Club has brought in temporary grandstands.

The championships start at Archerfield Raceway in Bris bane tomorrow night before heading to Rockhampton.

An open practice session will be held on Tuesday night, starting from 5.30, followed by a meet and greet with the drivers and crews.

There is a $10 entry fee.

In a first for Central Queensland speedway enthusiasts, a 4.6 metre television screen will be trackside to provide spectators with action replays.

The Rockhampton round will also feature on SBS television's Speed Week program. This 19-race series, contested over eight weeks, races on tracks from Queensland to New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania. Racing starts at 6.30 on Wed-nesday night.



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