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Supercars announce 2018 Newcastle 500 charity partner

PARTNERSHIP: Westpac Rescue Helicopter air-crew officer Glen Ramplin, with driver Michael Caruso, pilot Andre Smith, driver Cameron Waters and Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service CEO Richard Jones. Picture: Simon McCarthy.Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service will be the official charity partner of the 2018 Coates Hire Newcastle 500.
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Supercars announced the linkon Tuesday at the Service’sBroadmeadow HQ, wheredrivers Cam Waters andMichael Caruso testedthe pilots’flight simulator.

It’s a partnershipthat will see the organisation supported for a second consecutive year, after receiving close to $30,000 from last year’s inaugural event.

“The funds raised in the lead up and during the event will help us to continue flying as a free service in our community 24 hours per day, 7 days per week,” Westpac Rescue Helicopter Servicechief executive Richard Jones said.

Supercars announce 2018 Newcastle 500 charity partner SUPERCARS: Newcastle 500 Champion Jamie Whincup. Picture: Jonathan Caroll

SUPERCARS: Newcastle 500 Champion Jamie Whincup. Picture: Jonathan Caroll

SUPERCARS: Newcastle 500 Champion Jamie Whincup. Picture: Jonathan Caroll

SUPERCARS: Newcastle 500 Champion Jamie Whincup. Picture: Jonathan Caroll

SUPERCARS: Newcastle 500 Champion Jamie Whincup. Picture: Jonathan Caroll

SUPERCARS: Newcastle 500 Champion Jamie Whincup. Picture: Jonathan Caroll

SUPERCARS: Newcastle 500 Champion Jamie Whincup. Picture: Jonathan Caroll

CHAMPION: Red Bull Holden Racing Team driver Jamie Whincup WINS! Picture: AAP Image/Darren Pateman

Supercars Championship leader Jamie Whincup fastest and Scott McLaughlin 7th at the end of P1 for the Coateshire Newcastle 500. Photo: Mark Horsburgh

Harrison Chapman checks out the Aussie Touring Cars as the V8s speed around the Newcastle track. Photo: Simon McCarthy

Ivan Stevovski, John Graham, Irek Janiszewski were trackside for the three-day event. Photo: Simon McCarthy

Dave, Katrina and James Spruce from Newcastle. Photo: Simon McCarthy

Allira and Koby Jones at the track. Photo: Simon McCarthy

Bruce, Karen, Justin and Marcus Piper snacking on some

Leigh Hudson from the Central Coast checks out the race merch at the Supercars precinct. Photo: Simon McCarthy

Lisa Horan had a great view of the track from near Fort Scratchley on Sunday. Photo: Simon McCarthy

Tim Blatch and Ian Billett, trackside at the Newcastle Supercars. Photo: Simon McCarthy

Peter McHugh and Steve Karbowiak just past the hairpin. Photo: Simon McCarthy

Elise Pope, Chelsea-Anne Lewis and Denise Downing at Foreshore Park in the Newcastle Supercars precinct. Photo: Simon McCarthy

Riley and Koby Bambach from Newcastle race the miniature version at the Newcastle Supercars. Photo: Simon McCarthy

Harrison Chapman checks out the Aussie Touring Cars as the V8s speed around the Newcastle track. Photo: Simon McCarthy

Michael Johnson and Tracey Nicholson trackside at the Newcastle Supercars. Photo: Simon McCarthy

Harvie Oldham at the Newcastle Supercars. Photo: Simon McCarthy

A scene from the grandstands at the Newcastle Supercars. Photo: Simon McCarthy

At the Newcastle Supercars. Photo: Simon McCarthy

Peter and Charlie Barnett near the hairpin at the Newcastle Supercars. Photo: Simon McCarthy

Red Bull Racing Team fans Lucas and Kathy Moore from Sydney. Photo: Simon McCarthy

Colby Brooks near Fort Scratchley. Photo: Simon McCarthy

A scene from the grandstands. Photo: Simon McCarthy

Armidale boys Pat and Glen Frost taking in the atmosphere at the Newcastle Supercars. Photo: Simon McCarthy

Brayden Ward from Port Macquarie. His folks said they were loving the Supercars and would be back for next year’s race. Photo: Simon McCarthy

V8S: James Condon living it up at the Newcastle Supercars. Photo: Simon McCarthy

Kyah Fuller and Veronika Augustinova. Veronika is from the Czech Republic, but is now living in Brisbane. Photo: Simon McCarthy.

V8S: Big crowds for the Supercars Newcastle 500. Picture by Simone De Peak

Emma and Daniel spotted at the Newcastle 500. Photo: Simon McCarthy

Matt Mac, James Hannigan and Jacky C on the water at the Newcastle 500. Photo: Simon McCarthy

Hunter Baxter from Adamstown. Photo: Simon McCarthy

Luke, Gabrielle and William Darcy taking a walk along the water as the Supercars scream by on the track. Photo: Simon McCarthy

Gracy and Steve Tattersell from Newcastle outside Customs House on Saturday. Photo: Simon McCarthy

Allan Williams (right), a Novocastrian now living in Brisbane, has been close friends with Ken Fraser for more than 40 years. They organised to meet up again at the Newcastle Supercars. Photo: Simon McCarthy

Shayley Crisp, Marnie Newsam and Jamie Walpole were on the grid to checkout the V8 Supercars. Photo: Simon McCarthy.

Troy and Nate Petley from Sydney traveled up for the Supercars. Photo: Simon McCarthy

Cayden Lobach from Charlestown was trackside for his first Supercars event. Photo: Simon McCarthy

Spotted at the Newcastle 500. Photo: Simon McCarthy

SUPERCARS: Tempest Solution/Pastro Custom driver Zach Loscialpo has his car extinguished after fire broke out underneath during race 14 of the Toyota Racing Series on the Newcastle street circuit, Saturday, November 25, 2017. Picture:AAP Image/Darren Pateman

SUPERCARS: Layne Woodhead of Wyonga and Brett Springett of Tuggerawong showing their allegiances. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Photo: Supercars, Twitter

Photo: Simone de Peak

Photo: Simone de Peak

Photo: Simone de Peak

Photo: Simone de Peak

Photo: Simone de Peak

Photo: Simone de Peak

Photo: Simone de Peak

Photo: Simone de Peak

Photo: Simone de Peak

There was carnage on the Newcastle streets in Toyota 86. Photo: Twitter

Photo: Supercars, Twitter

Photo: Jonathan Carroll

Lord mayor Nuatali Nelmes after her hot lap with Craig Lowndes in his Triple Eight Commodore. Photo: Jonathan Carroll

Lord mayor Nuatali Nelmes after her hot lap with Craig Lowndes in his Triple Eight Commodore. Photo: Jonathan Carroll

Lord mayor Nuatali Nelmes after her hot lap with Craig Lowndes in his Triple Eight Commodore. Photo: Jonathan Carroll

Lord mayor Nuatali Nelmes after her hot lap with Craig Lowndes in his Triple Eight Commodore. Photo: Jonathan Carroll

Lord mayor Nuatali Nelmes after her hot lap with Craig Lowndes in his Triple Eight Commodore. Photo: Jonathan Carroll

Lord mayor Nuatali Nelmes after her hot lap with Craig Lowndes in his Triple Eight Commodore. Photo: Jonathan Carroll

Lord mayor Nuatali Nelmes after her hot lap with Craig Lowndes in his Triple Eight Commodore. Photo: Jonathan Carroll

Lord mayor Nuatali Nelmes after her hot lap with Craig Lowndes in his Triple Eight Commodore. Photo: Jonathan Carroll

Lord mayor Nuatali Nelmes after her hot lap with Craig Lowndes in his Triple Eight Commodore. Photo: Jonathan Carroll

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Supercars Championship leader Jamie Whincup fastest and Scott McLaughlin 7th at the end of P1 for the Coateshire Newcastle 500 today. Photo: Mark Horsburgh

Supercars Championship leader Jamie Whincup fastest and Scott McLaughlin 7th at the end of P1 for the Coateshire Newcastle 500 today. Photo: Mark Horsburgh

Supercars Championship leader Jamie Whincup fastest and Scott McLaughlin 7th at the end of P1 for the Coateshire Newcastle 500 today. Photo: Mark Horsburgh

Photo: Edge Photographics

Photo: Edge Photographics

Photo: Edge Photographics

Photo: Edge Photographics

Photo: Edge Photographics

SUPERCARS: Hunter driver Charlotte Poynting was given the honour of driving the first lap of the new Newcastle street circuit in her Aussie Racing car during practice, Friday, November 24, 2017. Picture: AAP Image/Darren Pateman

SUPERCARS: Newcastle 500 on Friday. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Touring Car Masters, Number 3 driven by local- Cameron Mason. Proud mumma Wendy Mason is just shining it up ready for the race!

SUPERCARS: Violet Fitzgerald of Thornton sleeping in her mum Karen Green’s arms, next to the track at Newcastle 500 on Friday. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

SUPERCARS: Newcastle 500 on Friday. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Mick Myles, Glen Thackteray and Bruce Conroy are enjoying the atmosphere outside the bars in Foreshore Park.

Shane Green, Lee Harris and Dean Wyman, all of Taree

Carolyn Taylor

Lincoln Godwin

Shannon and Michael Gibbons from Tamworth

Shane and Alex Mead from Elemore Vale

It seems everyone is at the Supercars today! Picture sent in by Glen Fredericks

“My hubby and daughter have been there since 8am. They are loving it!” – Susan McBride

David Murray and Graeme and Fran Edman from Medowie

SUPERCARS: Newcastle 500 on Friday. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

SUPERCARS: Newcastle 500 on Friday. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

SUPERCARS: Young spectators peeking out from the footbridge at turn 1 of the Newcastle 500 on Friday. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

SUPERCARS: Newcastle 500 on Friday. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

SUPERCARS: Newcastle 500 on Friday, race goers arriving on the ferry from Stockton. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

SUPERCARS: Police out for the Newcastle 500 on Friday. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

SUPERCARS: Mark Ferguson of Hamilton and his dog Patch who are wandering around town soaking up the atmosphere before attending on the weekend. Newcastle 500 on Friday. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

SUPERCARS: Free travel this weekend for ticket holders to the Newcastle 500 on Friday. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

SUPERCARS: Volunteer Stephen Mudd of Maitland helping Tasmyn Gray and Georgia Melliger of Belmont at the Newcastle 500 on Friday. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

SUPERCARS: Newcastle 500 on Friday. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

SUPERCARS: Newcastle 500 on Friday. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Warren Leadbeatter

Warren Leadbeatter

Keith Griffith

Warren Leadbeatter

Warren Leadbeatter

“Pole position on Pitt straight with harbour views for us” – Fleur Morgan

“Well done Newcastle great track, great atmosphere and the right place! Having so much fun with family and friends.” – Domenic Albanese

Kelly Gamage

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Spotted at the Newcastle 500. Photo: Simon McCarthy

A scene from the Newcastle Supercars. Photo: Simon McCarthy

A scene from the Newcastle Supercars. Photo: Simon McCarthy

Sam Webber from Sydney in the granstand overlooking the straight into the Nobbys Beach hairpin. Photo: Simon McCarthy

Inderjeet Singh from Toronto. Photo: Simon McCarthy

Harold Cutrubi and Rod Pritchard from Muswellbrook. Photo: Simon McCarthy

Matt Osborne and Maddy Smith from Newcastle in the heart of the race precinct. Photo: Simon McCarthy

Azar Spooner from Newcastle was in the race precinct to see the impressive aerial acrobatics performed by the RAAF Williamtown. Photo: Simon McCarthy

James Smith and Luke Dorgan from Gosford

Novocastrains Megan and Les at the Newcastle 500. Photo: Simon McCarthy

Bec Sommerlad and Alex Munro. Photo: Simon McCarthy

Zarra Mason and Jasmine Markovski were promoting WD40. “We can fix anything,” Zarra said. “We’re superheroes.”

Baby Abigail Hardes was sporting pink earmuffs for the race. Photo: Simon McCarthy

Stuard Gill helps young Amarlia Gill get a better view of the track. Photo: Simon McCarthy

Trackside, Jackson Kirkwood. Photo: Simon McCarthy

V8S: Big crowds for the Supercars Newcastle 500. Picture by Simone De Peak

V8S: Big crowds for the Supercars Newcastle 500. Picture by Simone De Peak

V8S: Big crowds for the Supercars Newcastle 500. Picture by Simone De Peak

V8S: Big crowds for the Supercars Newcastle 500. Picture by Simone De Peak

V8S: Big crowds for the Supercars Newcastle 500. Picture by Simone De Peak

V8S: Big crowds for the Supercars Newcastle 500. Picture by Simone De Peak

V8S: Big crowds for the Supercars Newcastle 500. Picture by Simone De Peak

V8S: Big crowds for the Supercars Newcastle 500. Picture by Simone De Peak

V8S: Big crowds for the Supercars Newcastle 500. Picture by Simone De Peak

V8S: Big crowds for the Supercars Newcastle 500. Picture by Simone De Peak

V8S: Big crowds for the Supercars Newcastle 500. Picture by Simone De Peak

V8S: Big crowds for the Supercars Newcastle 500. Picture by Simone De Peak

V8S: Big crowds for the Supercars Newcastle 500. Picture by Simone De Peak

V8S: Big crowds for the Supercars Newcastle 500. Picture by Simone De Peak

V8S: Big crowds for the Supercars Newcastle 500. Picture by Simone De Peak

V8S: Big crowds for the Supercars Newcastle 500. Picture by Simone De Peak

V8S: Big crowds for the Supercars Newcastle 500. Picture by Simone De Peak

V8S: Big crowds for the Supercars Newcastle 500. Picture by Simone De Peak

Big lines at the autograph session. Picture: Mark Horsburgh

Big lines at the autograph session. Picture: Mark Horsburgh

Big lines at the autograph session. Picture: Mark Horsburgh

Big lines at the autograph session. Picture: Mark Horsburgh

Big lines at the autograph session. Picture: Mark Horsburgh

Big lines at the autograph session. Picture: Mark Horsburgh

Big lines at the autograph session. Picture: Mark Horsburgh

Newcastle 500 Supercars – Newcastle Foreshore. Day Three. Picture shows Kylie Jane singing the National Anthem. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

SUPERCARS: Red Bull Holden Racing Team driver Jamie Whincup celebrates winning Race 26 and the Supercars Championship. Picture: AAP Image/Darren Pateman

SUPERCARS: Red Bull Holden Racing Team driver Jamie Whincup celebrates winning Race 26 and the Supercars Championship. Picture: AAP Image/Darren Pateman

SUPERCARS: Red Bull Holden Racing Team driver Jamie Whincup celebrates winning Race 26 and the Supercars Championship. Picture: AAP Image/Darren Pateman

SUPERCARS: Red Bull Holden Racing Team driver Jamie Whincup celebrates winning Race 26 and the Supercars Championship. Picture: AAP Image/Darren Pateman

SUPERCARS: Red Bull Holden Racing Team driver Jamie Whincup celebrates winning Race 26 and the Supercars Championship. Picture: AAP Image/Darren Pateman

SUPERCARS: Red Bull Holden Racing Team driver Jamie Whincup celebrates winning Race 26 and the Supercars Championship. Picture: AAP Image/Darren Pateman

SUPERCARS: Newcastle 500 – Newcastle Foreshore. Day Three. Picture shows kids playing in the fountain outside Customs House. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

SUPERCARS: Newcastle 500 – Newcastle Foreshore. Day Three. Picture shows kids playing in the fountain outside Customs House. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

SUPERCARS: Newcastle 500 – Newcastle Foreshore. Day Three. Picture shows kids playing in the fountain outside Customs House. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

SUPERCARS: Newcastle 500 – Newcastle Foreshore. Day Three. Picture shows kids playing in the fountain outside Customs House. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

SUPERCARS: Newcastle 500 – Newcastle Foreshore. Day Three. Picture shows kids playing in the fountain outside Customs House – Tyler John, front. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

SUPERCARS: Red Bull Holden Racing Team driver Jamie Whincup celebrates winning Race 26 and the Supercars Championship. Picture: AAP Image/Darren Pateman

SUPERCARS: Red Bull Holden Racing Team driver Jamie Whincup celebrates winning Race 26 and the Supercars Championship. Picture: AAP Image/Darren Pateman

Newcastle 500 Supercars Sunday grand finale. Winner Jamie Whincup sprays team mates with champagne from the top of his car at the podium. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

TweetFacebook Faces of the Newcastle SupercarsSupercars Newcastle event manager Kurt Zakzewski says the Championship was delighted to continue the partnership with the iconic Hunter rescueservice.

“The Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service provides an invaluable service to the local and wider community,” Sakzewski said.

“The men and women in this team who put their lives on the line to save others are true heroes.”

Supercars fans will get the chance to meet their heroes this weekend, as anticipation for the second Newcastle 500 buildswith a community fan day in Newcastle’s Civic Park.

The day givesNovocastrians an exclusive chance to buytickets with a 10 per cent discount before they are fully released on Sunday.

Last year’s fan day attracted an estimated 10,000fans and Supercars are expecting a similarcrowd for Saturday’s10am to2pm event.

UP AND AWAY: Waters and Caruso watch the Westpac Rescue Helicopter take off. Picture: Supplied.

Both Waters and Caruso expressed how eager they are to return to the Newcastle circuit for the final round of the Supercars season.

Caruso, 34,who finished fifth in the Sunday race of last year’s Newcastle 500, commended the helicopter link but joked he hopes he doesn’tsee the pilots at work.

“It’s brilliant to see Supercars supporting such a fantastic charity,” he said.

“I know it’s a popular charity amongst Newcastle and the Hunter, so to have that connection with us is fantastic.

“Hopefully when we see them it’s on a nice basis and not with them in the chopper to come and pick us up.”

Sydney-raised Carusoand 23-year-oldWaters, of Mildura,were given the reigns toa helicopter simulator and gained a further appreciation of the role the service plays.

“It really give you an appreciation of how hard it is,” Caruso said.

IN CONTROL: Michael Caruso and Cameron Waters in a flight simulator at the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service base at Broadmeadow, Newcastle. Picture: Simon McCarthy.

“Particularly in something that everyone admires.

“Watching the guys in the chopper and speaking to them about how passionate they are about their job, the respect they have for the equipment.

“You can see that when you actually have to get in their and do it for yourself, it’s not as easy as it looks, or how they make it look.”

The 2018Coates Hire Newcastle 500 is on November 23-25.

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