Words and photos: Jan Glovac
It may be affectionately known as the Wild West, but Perth is set to become motoring heaven in November when Mark Webber attempts to break the lap record at Wanneroo Raceway in a current Red Bull Racing Formula 1 car.
At a media launch today, event chairman, Terry Mader, announced the program that is set to include Webber's dash around the track not once, but three times. Red Bull is sending an 11 man team (not including drivers) to support the Formula 1 car, which was said to have cost the organisers "a big six-figure amount" - no doubt it'll be worth it.
Webber will race the clock, as well as talking live about the year just gone. The featured track test will be supported by other categories, including V8 Super Cars, Rally Cars, Sport Sedans, Formula Cars, Race Bikes, Street Cars and Historic Racers.
In addition, footy fans will be able to watch Eagles and Dockers players battle it out in a Toyota versus Hyundai race, based on Top Gear's Star in a Reasonably Priced Car segment.
Jeff Kendrick will put a sprint car through its paces on bitumen when he takes to the track, while a 1997 Dallara Indy Car will be out doing several laps.
Various events will be held throughout Perth in the leadup to the event, culimating in the Festival of Speed's race day on November 28. Tickets range from $30-$85 with special packages available.
The Australian Automobile Club is hoping to expand the event next year, exactly what Perth needs after losing Rally Australia and the Red Bull Air Race.
For more information head to the Festival of Speed's website by clicking here.