22 Sep 2008

Hamilton 400 gets change of format

10:22 am on 22 September 2008

The second Hamilton 400 motor race has received a major boost from V8 Supercars Australia with next year's race given significantly more status.

The Hamilton 400, set for the 17th to the 19th of April next year, now becomes an endurance event and will now consist of two 200km races instead of the three shorter sprint races.

Organisers have reduced the number of tickets for the 2009 event by 10,000 per day, but increasing grandstand capacity and improving other viewing opportunities to offer fans even better value for money.

The change to the new format is based on the outstanding success of the inaugural event. As part of the format change one race will be held on Saturday 18 April and the second on Sunday 19 April... that's similar to the highly successful Clipsal 500 format in Adelaide.

This year's sell-out Hamilton event was a great success in its first year with 172,000 people attending over the three days.

Hamilton 400 Event Director Steve Vuleta says they're delighted with the change of format... it'll definitely add considerable interest for spectators both with the effects of a longer race and also the compulsory pit stops for both tyres and now refuelling.