COMMUNITY SPIRIT: Craig Lowndes and Mayor Paul McVeigh with the new 2019 Commodore Supercar.
COMMUNITY SPIRIT: Craig Lowndes and Mayor Paul McVeigh with the new 2019 Commodore Supercar. Andrew Green

Thousands race to see Craig race

DALBY welcomed champion supercar driver Craig Lowndes and the team at Red Bull and Holden for the launch of the latest supercar on Saturday.

Mr Lowndes said that he was excited to come to Dalby and put a smile on the faces in the crowd.

"It's been fantastic, very well received,” Mr Lowndes said.

"There's a lot of passion out here. It's nice to put a smile on a lot of the farmers' dials because of the drought and what everyone's going through.”

Dalby Aerodrome was packed out with about 3000 fans from all over Queensland and some parts of New South Wales, who travelled to see Mr Lowndes take the new 2019 Commodore Supercar for its first ride in front of an audience.

"I've done a few air strip runs with race cars,” Mr Lowndes said.

"For this one to be here close to home is really special. To take some people for a ride in the car was even more special.”

Mayor Paul McVeigh emphasised how important these events are in order to strengthen community spirit.

"We've got about 3000 people here... some are from Darwin, Canberra, Bundaberg, they've come from everywhere for this event,” Mr McVeigh said.

"It's about lifting the spirits of our community. We can handle droughts, and some of our times have been tough, but when you get the opportunity to deliver something that people can enjoy, where you can have a laugh and enjoy the show, that's what's good for our community.”

Mr McVeigh also wanted to thank the people who bought their own cars for the 'Show and Shine'.

"For them to go to the effort and bring their cars along for people to look at while we're waiting for the Supercar is great,” Mr McVeigh said.

The new car will be raced competitively for the first time at the Superloop Adelaide 500 in March.


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