Chequered flags now line the main street of Tailem bend as the town prepares to welcome 30,000 visitors for the first V8 Supercar race to be held at The Bend Motorsport Park.
The OTR Supersprint kicks off tomorrow with Ford driver Scott McLaughlin to cross the River Murray on the Tailem Bend Ferry this morning. He currently leads the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship, 89 points ahead of Holdens’ Shane Van Gisbergen.
McLaughlin is hoping to bounce back this weekend after being outgunned by the Red Bull Holden duo of Shane van Gisbergen and Jamie Whincup at the recent Red Rooster Sydney SuperNight 300.
That result edged van Gisbergen closer to McLaughlin the championship race, with the two kiwis now separated by just 89 points at the top of the points table with just six rounds remaining before a new Supercars champion is crowned.
Drivers will get their first chance on track tomorrow when practice begins at The Bend, before the first ever OTR SuperSprint race is held on Saturday afternoon.
The Bend Motorsport Park makes its debut on the Virgin Australia Supercar Championship calendar this year, making it the fourth venue in South Australia to ever host a round of the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship.
The first ever practice session for the OTR SuperSprint begins at 11:15am AEST tomorrow.