Fans "limited" to 24 beers at Aussie V8 race

Updated: Oct 06, 2009, 13:03 PM IST

Melbourne: Adult fans at one of Australia`s most popular motor sport races, the Bathurst 1000, will be limited to one "slab" of beer a day -- or 24 375 ml cans -- as police focus on reducing alcohol-related crime.

The 24-can rule would also be placed on mixed drinks for the V8 car race starting on Thursday which draws thousands to the rural town of Bathurst in eastern New South Wales state, the NSW police said on Tuesday.

But more restrained spectators would be able to slake their thirst, if not their craving for alcohol, with up to 36 cans of low or mid-strength beer.

Wine lovers must make do with no more than four litres of cask wine per day and combinations of the options would not be allowed, the police statement said.

"This is one of the greatest motorsport events in Australia and for some it is a pilgrimage that they make every year," Assistant Commissioner Alan Clarke said.

"Police respect people`s rights to enjoy the race weekend, but will promptly act when the law is broken.”

"Every year thousands of race fans attend and enjoy the event and Police will not allow their safety to be compromised by a drunken few.”

"As such we will once again be focussing on alcohol related behaviour," he said.

Police were also urging people travelling to Bathurst to drive safely and closely monitor their speed and fatigue.

The race runs from Thursday to Sunday.

Bureau Report