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Mark Winterbottom and Andre Heimgartner have met with hundreds of school students in Hobart this morning in the build-up to this year’s Tyrepower Tasmania Super400.

This year’s event will for the first-time feature the fan-favourite Stadium Super Trucks as part of one of the strongest support cards ever announced for the event.

Also hitting the track at Symmons Plains will be the Dunlop Super2 Series, currently led by Brodie Kostecki after a dominant weekend in Adelaide and the Aussie Racing Cars, one of the most popular support categories in Australia.

Announced today is the inclusion of the Tas GT Series, featuring 25 modern and classic vehicles on the grid, some with minimal changes and some will be highly modified ensuring close exciting racing from first to last.

Today, Holden driver and former Supercars Champion Mark “Frosty” Winterbottom from Irwin Racing and Andre Heimgartner from Ford’s Ned Racing met with over 200 students at Gagebrook Primary School and Montrose High School in Hobart.

Drivers spoke to students about the new Super400 format for 2020 where there will be 200km of racing on both days of the event, in a move to boost the Saturday action.

In 2020, Super400 events are scheduled for Symmons Plains, Winton, Darwin and Sandown.

One of the most popular off-track initiatives in Tasmania is the Students on Track program, where close to 1000 students from across the state spend time touring garages, attending press conferences and learning about all things Supercars at the event.

Winterbottom is a one-time race winner in Tasmania and in 2019 recorded an emotional first pole position in 1000 days at Symmons Plains, his first in a Commodore and first at Team 18.

Frosty currently sits 8th in the Championship following the opening round in Adelaide, finishing 8th in Saturday’s opening race of 2020 and 11th in the Sunday race.

Heimgartner will take confidence out of his first weekend of racing his new Ned Mustang. With limited preparation the young kiwi recorded an 11th and 10th placing for the Blue Oval.

Drivers will now prepare for the Beaurepaires Melbourne 400 at the Formula 1 Rolex Grand Prix before descending on Symmons from 3-5 April.


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