One Month Out From Sydney Telstra 500 Marked With V8 Supercar Floating Off Bondi

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November 3, 2010



Bondi Beach locals were treated to a rare site today courtesy of V8 Supercars Australia as James Courtney’s

Jim Beam Racing car was floated down the Harbour and came to rest out the back of Bondi’s infamous surf.

Marking one month out from the second ever Sydney Telstra 500, which is held at Sydney Olympic Park from 3-

5 December 2010, drivers James Courtney,

Alex Davison and Jonathon Webb came to Sydney in true V8

Supercars rock and race style on the back of jet skis and to the riffs of Guns N’ Roses!

James Courtney, Jim Beam Racing and winner of the inaugural Sydney Telstra 500 said,

“We regularly use jet skis as part of our fitness regime to improve our instincts and reaction timings so we

thought we’d come to Sydney to show off some of our tricks to get everyone geed up before the upcoming race.

Courtney continued, “The Sydney Telstra 500 is only one month away now and is also the Championship

Series grand final so I can’t wait to come back to Sydney Olympic Park to drive the challenging street circuit

designed by our very own Mark Skaife and see if I can’t get another win out of the track.”

Joining them was Current World Champion Ironman Shannon Eckstein representing the national beneficiary of

the 2010 V8 Supercar Championship Series, Surf Life Saving.

Surf Life Saving Australia’s CEO Brett Williamson OAM said,

“Surf Life Saving is honoured to be recognised as the official charity of Sydney Telstra 500 for the second year


“This event last year helped us raise vital funds for our lifesaving services and we hope everyone who attends

this exciting sporting event will make a gold coin donation to

our surf lifesavers and pick up their very own

limited edition Telstra 500 cap,” Williamson said.   


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The streets of Sydney Olympic Park will ignite over three days for the Sydney Telstra 500 as V8 Supercars’

best drivers push the limits at the season’s final battle from Friday December 3 to Sunday December 5.  Last

year over 180,000 people raced by day and rocked by night and V8 Supercars is expecting to smash that

record in 2010 when legendary rockers Guns N’ Roses come to town to headline the heart-thumping ride that is

the Sydney Telstra 500.

2010 is set to deliver even more excitement and explosive action both on and off the track with ‘Master of Skate’

Tony Hawk adding another layer of excitement to the Greatest Show on Wheels.  Hawk will be performing four

heart-stopping shows to showcase his signature moves as part of the action-packed V8 Supercar

Championship grand final.

Racegoers can expect a family friendly experience with a festival atmosphere and all the drama and excitement

of a motor race.  Kids 12 and under receive free entry with a VIK coupon from the Sunday Telegraph and a

paying adult across the three-day event.

Tickets can be purchased through Ticketek and prices range from just $91, or a three-day pass from just $156,

representing incredible value for money. 


For further information or photography please contact:  

Claire Jobe, Instinct PR, M: 0406 068 763/ E:

Notes to editors:


A Video News Release (VNR) from today’s event off Bondi Beach will be sent to networks by 3.30pm

(AEDST).  Footage will include coverage of the event, Jet Ski footage, headshots and interviews.  The

file format available downloading is:

MOV, Quicktime settings, Bit rate:  best, Frame size:  1280 x 720:16x9, Video Codec:  H264, FPS:  25

A preview of the feed can be viewed at once uploaded


For Sydney Telstra 500 media accreditation please email Dan Jordan at V8 Supercars Australia on


In August, V8 Supercars Australia announced that they were throwing their support behind one of the

country’s iconic organisations Surf Life Saving, who were named the national beneficiary of the 2010

V8 Supercar Championship Series. The partnership

will see vital funds raised for Surf Life Saving

through a number of fundraising activities held during the V8 Supercar Series.


Ticket price includes free public transport

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