World champion to ride first lap
FORMER world supersport champion motorcycle racer Chris Vermeulen will be riding the first ever laps at the new Whitsunday Raceway and Driver Education Training Facility when it opens on Sunday, December 4.
Vermeulan burst onto the World motorcycle racing scene in 2003 and in that year he won the World Championship Supersport class conducted over 15 races around the world.
Vermeulan said he was honoured to be the first to ride on the Whitsunday Motosports Club's new track.
"I can't wait to get home and head up to beautiful North Queensland to experience the new facility and our awesome summer weather," he said.
Whitsunday Motosports Club member and rider James Dwight said the club was proud to have Vermeulan on hand to help open the track.
"It's been a long time coming but the dedication and hard work of a small band of Whitsunday Motosport Club members is about to bear fruit," he said.
"We've had to travel to Townsville, Darwin or Brisbane to be able to race so the new track will give us a chance to show the locals how we do it in a safe and controlled environment.
"It'll also provide the opportunity for people new to the sport and the budding young 'Casey Stoners' to learn how to enjoy motorsport safely."
Queensland Supermoto state champion Ross Taylor will also be at the opening of the new track.
A range of other attractions will also feature at the track including the Supermotard racers, spectacular drift cars, racing motorcycles, go karts, a V8 supercar and static displays of rare cars and bikes.
Entry is free and a licensed bar and food will be available with a jumping castle to be set up for the kids.