By Sam Watson

LAST WEEK, the Australian Grand Prix Corporation and Destination Phillip Island announced the Bass Coast Festival of Motorsport, set for October 22-24.

The festival will take place at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit and the Supercars will be the headline event.

The Bunnings Trade Phillip Island Supersprint will be the last event before Bathurst 1000, but the festival will also feature the Mi-bike Motorcycle Insurance Australian Superbike Championship and the Porsche Carrera Cup.

The festival will be a much welcome boost for the Phillip Island tourism industry, and local businesses, artists and producers will be showcased at the event itself.

Bass Coast Shire Mayor Cr Brett Tessari was stoked to see motorsport return to the region.

“It’s just wonderful to see action back at the greatest grand prix track in the world,” he said.

“The Island and the whole Bass Coast will be rapt; it’s uplifting and fantastic.”

Destination Phillip Island general manager Kim Storey said it would be a massive benefit to the local economy.

“Forty-four per cent of our local economy is based on the tourism economy,” she said.

“We’re ready to welcome event visitors and be back in the spotlight for our iconic motorsport venue. The event will deliver a vibrancy we have missed.”

The Australian MotoGP was cancelled last month, but the new festival will step in to replace it on the same dates.

Details on ticketing arrangements and on-sale dates will soon be provided on grandprix.com.au.

You can also register your interest for the Bass Coast Festival of Motorsport on the same website.