Why wasn’t it being hosted in the City of Wanneroo, the home of host track Barbagallo Raceway, she asked.
No such problem this V8 round for the first-term mayor, having hosted a welcoming function in the Wanneroo Library and Cultural Centre last Wednesday night with Eventscorp and local MP Paul Miles.
She told guests, including compere Basil Zempilas and drivers Todd Kelly and James Moffat, that the weekend’s annual race meeting was a fantastic event.
‘An iconic event in Wanneroo not only for the local community but for the heaps of visitors into the area,’ she said.
‘You have to come to get the real atmosphere; there’s nothing like at the starting line and they’re all cranking up their engines.
‘That’s only as a spectator; goodness knows what it’s like being in the car.’
Mrs Roberts told the Times she had received good feedback to her idea of having a ball similar to the Hopman Cup’s at next year’s event.
‘It could be linked to, say, Telethon and be held in the marquees at the track on the Wednesday night before the racing,’ she said.
She said she would involve the local community. For example, catering students at West Coast Institute could have a role at the ball.
Mr Miles said the WA Sporting Car Club did a great job in providing the many volunteers to make the weekend a success.
‘From flag marshalls to first-aid providers and everything in between, they are a great team dedicated to making Barbagallo Raceway the home of racing in WA,’ he said.