With only a few weeks left before Newcastle rubbles under the horsepower of the second COATES HIRE NEWCASTLE 500, we take a close look at everything you need to know in order to make the event as special as possible. [Coates Hire Newcastle 500 2017 review]
So let’s have a look at the track. My personal pick is turn 2 at the top of Watt St.
Ranging from Grandstand, Trackside and Pit Lane Walks, there’s a price range that can fit everyone’s budget, and if you happen to be 12 or under, you can get free track-side admission with a paying adult. Sweet.
Grandstand tickets are obviously to most expensive, and at this moment, all but three grandstands have sold out. Available are Grandstand 10 (inside hairpin), Grandstand 11 and 12 (inside with pit straight views). Three day tickets cost $315.00, concession $295.00
Trackside tickets come in 3 Day (adult $120, concession $100), 2 Day (Saturday + Sunday, adult $115, concession $95) and single day versions (Friday adult $50, concession $35; Saturday adult $90, concession $65; Sunday adult $80, concession $65)
Also available are Pit Lane Walk tickets at $30 a shot.
It’s not all about the Supercars. Over the weekend, there’s a wide range of support categories to keep the track hot.
Dunlop Super2 Series : The series remains the core breeding ground for future Supercar stars and can’t go unmissed with past drivers graduating to race in the main game.
East Coast Bullbars SuperUte Series : SuperUtes will storm onto the circuit in 2018, representing a whole new automotive segment on-track. Replacing the traditional V8 Utes, this next era of Ute racing, dual-cab, turbo diesel machines are set to give the 2018 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship an exciting new feel.
Toyota 86 Race Series : The Toyota 86 Race Series, under the official banner of Toyota Racing Australia, has been running at Supercars events annually since 2016. As a one make category it gives developing grass roots talent the chance to race on even terms against select high profile drivers.
Touring Car Masters : Touring Car Masters is Australia’s top series for retro Touring Cars from the classic period of muscle car competition between 1964 and 1979. The series, more ‘retro’ than ‘historic’, brings together some of the most iconic brands and models from Muscle Car history and creates a racing series full of unique sounds, sights and an on-track product like no other.
Last year we had Cold Chisel and Spiderbait. This year it is legendary Scottish rock band Simple Minds, supported by Aussie favourites Birds of Tokyo.
The Glasgow rockers with famous world-wide hits including ‘Don’t You (Forget About Me)’, ‘Alive and Kicking’ and ‘Belfast Child’ will play in Newcastle as an exclusive Australian performance. They will be joined by Birds of Tokyo, the Aria and APRA Award winners know for rock anthems like ‘Plans’, ‘Lanterns’, ‘Wild at Heart’, ‘I’d Go with You Anywhere’, ‘Brace’ and their new single ‘Unbreakable’.
Concert is free with your Saturday race ticket
When: Saturday 24 November
Where: No 1 Sportsground, Newcastle
When the focus turns away from the track, there are many options available. The kids, big and small will love the Lego Play Zone, you can get all you Supercar march at the Merchandise Alley, and you can then walk over to the Autograph Sessions to get it signed.
And there is one final special event that occurs prior to the Supercars let rip – the Grand Final Breakfast. Held by and in support of the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service, you will mingle with the Drivers, be the first to see the 2018 track, enjoy a delicious breakfast and raise funds for the Westpac rescue Helicopter Service.
What’s included: Barista made coffee, Breakfast and be entertained listening to the stories, hearing the banter of your Coates Hire Newcastle 500 Divers as they prepare to take the track. All 26 will be in attendance.
When: 7am – 9am, Thursday 22nd November
Where: Unibet Sports Lounge (within the Supercars Event Precinct), top of Watt Street, Newcastle East
Tickets: $80 *plus booking fee [purchase tickets HERE]