With just over a week to go until racing starts, nib Newcastle Knights players Nathan Ross and Jamie Buhrer were given a tour of the Supercars Newcastle 500 track.
Title contender Scott McLaughlin, veteran Jason Bright and Newcastle’s own Aaren Russell were happy to show the players around the track and give them a close up look of pit lane.
“It's very exciting for the region and everyone knows how sports crazy Novocastrians are,” said Buhrer.
“It's certainly exciting to have a Supercars event of this scale right here in our home town.”
Ross was amazed by the amount of infrastructure that goes into an event like this.
“It's fantastic for the region, Newcastle and the Hunter,” Ross said.
“We get a lot of tourism here and the more that people come here and see how beautiful our town is, the more that is going to be invested here.
As a Novocastrian, Russell admits it’s special to see the Supercars race come to his home town and to meet some of his sporting idols.
“Being a Newcastle guy, I love the Knights and support them and I think they have a pretty good team for next year,” Russell explained.
“It's good to have them come down and be so excited about everything that we do.”
McLaughlin agreed it was great to meet the Knights on their home turf.
“Jamie and Nathan are awesome blokes,” smiled McLaughlin.
“I’m from Melbourne so hopefully I can get to a game.
“Knights games are one of the most popular in the NRL competition, so hopefully we get as good as turnout as they get.”