When you have to host a Supercars event, then there’s plenty of organising and work that’s needed to be done.
And if you want to learn from the best, then it makes sense to come along to the Bathurst 1000.
Newcastle lord mayor Nuatali Nelmes was in Bathurst on Sunday, watching the Great Race.
Her city is preparing to host the final round of the Supercars Championship in late November, following on from when Newcastle hosted its first ever Supercars event last year.
She said there’s plenty that both Bathurst and Newcastle have in common.
“We’re the only two races in NSW,” she said.
“We look at it as if we were like sister cities, in terms of hosting Supercars, and sharing the challenges and rewards in hosting an event like this.
“Even though we’re a metropolitan area, we’re not a capital city and that comes with the challengers, similar to Bathurst.”
She said that last year’s Supercars event in Newcastle attracted 192,000 across three days.
Ms Nelmes said it’s exceptional difficult, in terms of logistics, to host the race in Newcastle.
“It’s raced in the streets and in a historic part of the city,” he said.
“From hosting the event, we’ve been able to raise our stakes up for hosting other events.
“People now look at Newcastle different and see that is more than an industrial city.”
This year’s Race Week attracted the second largest crowd, with 206,755 people flocking to Mount Panorama from Thursday to Sunday.
That number surpasses that of last year’s, however it fell just short of the record set in 2012, when 207,205 showed up.