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Newcastle 500 has wide-reaching benefits for city

Motorsports boast some of the most dedicated and passionate fan bases in the world and, in 2017, Newcastle enticed one of the country's biggest motorsports attractions to the East Coast: the Supercars Championship.

Beyond creating memories for Supercars fans that would last a lifetime, the event brought about a range of economic and non-economic benefits to the city.

The Hunter Research Foundation Centre (HRFC) undertook an independent investigation and found that the inaugural event attracted 83,000 visitors to Newcastle and led to an input of more than $30m to the local economy.

The event was also featured in 344 media stories and reached a combined domestic audience of more than 14 million people, helping put Newcastle firmly in the spotlight.

Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes said, "The planning, the dedication and the passion of everyone involved has really shone through and made this a landmark weekend in Newcastle’s history."

"I want to thank everyone – the people of this great city and the people who came here as visitors for this event – for helping make it such a wonderful success."

Race organisers recorded a total of 192,242 people attending the three-day spectacle, making it one of the most popular events in the country. Newcastle 500 returned for 2018 and 2019 but was postponed in 2020. Newcastle is scheduled to host the season opener in 2022.

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