Proserpine family win big at V8's
PROSERPINE'S Hadlow family got the surprise of their life when they were greeted at the gates of the fourth Sucrogen Townsville 400 by general manager of events Kurt Sakzewski, who awarded them the half-million ticket-holder prize.
Mr Sakzewski handed Amanda and her children Nathan (11) and Lara (9) an oversized winners' voucher, treating them to a host of prizes including helicopter flights over the track, merchandise and free grandstand seats to the 2013 event.
Mrs Hadlow said the family had just driven 3.5 hours that morning from Proserpine and couldn't believe their luck.
"We didn't know anything was going on and then all of a sudden we were presented with this big voucher," she said.
Mrs Hadlow said her family travels to the event every year and loves the racing.
"My 11 year-old son Nathan dreams of being a V8 race car driver and was so thrilled to shake hands with Craig Lowndes this weekend. He holds distant family member Mark Skaife as one of his heroes. We are really looking forward to coming back next year and enjoying the grandstand seats," she said.
A crowd of 152,161 people attended this year's Sucrogen Townsville 400, which saw the conclusion of rounds 14 and 15 of the V8 Supercars Championship.
V8 Supercars Chief Executive Officer David Malone said the fourth annual Townsville 400 was a "rip-roaring success".
"Once again we are just blown away at how Townsville and the North Queensland community continue to welcome the V8 Supercars with open arms. Our event is going from strength to strength. Our crowd numbers have increased and we had the biggest attendance on record at our Saturday night concert...We absolutely love coming here," he said.