Bahrain Int'l Circuit - quotes on new venue

SUPERCAR DRIVERS GET TO GRIPS WITH BIC Manama, 24th November 2006: The star drivers of the Australian V8 Supercars Series have given their verdict on the Bahrain International Circuit: and it is a rousing thumbs-up for the Home of Motorsport in...

SUPERCAR DRIVERS GET TO GRIPS WITH BIC

Manama, 24th November 2006: The star drivers of the Australian V8 Supercars Series have given their verdict on the Bahrain International Circuit: and it is a rousing thumbs-up for the Home of Motorsport in the Middle East. The teams have all found that the circuit has put a premium on grip and tyre wear, making the 27-lap race today an edgy affair that brought many 'slippery moments' in a 300km/h game of snakes and ladders. The prospects for tomorrow's two 37-lap races are for high drama, high speed and relentless racing action.

Rick Kelly, Toll HSV Dealer Team Holden Commodore VZ - Championship Leader: The qualifying results were actually a bit of a surprise. We were struggling a bit with the braking so had to make some changes last minute then at the Shootout we were really conservative so we're surprised we were so high up. The thing with today and the tough track conditions is the person who doesn't make the mistakes will win, that's the only way it's going to be today.

Craig Lowndes, Team Betta Electrical Ford Falcon BA - 2nd in Championship: The layout of the Paddock Track is best-suited for those with the most horse power - and that's not for our car. If we could use the full track that would be perfect for us, but it's no problem at all for our cars to run here, they'll hold up under these temperatures for sure, we've actually seen temperatures 25 degrees hotter at home - we don't even need a cooler. Tyres seem to be the only issue, after not such a great Shootout for us, but our cars are great on long distance runs and we tend not to burn the tyres up too much, which will be important here.

Greg Murphy, Supercheap Auto Racing Holden Commodore VZ: It's been a great first impression of the Middle East for everyone who has come to Bahrain. The facilities are the best in the world, which makes us feel pretty special to come here, to receive such a warm welcome and to take our cars out onto this track. It's an abrasive surface so we have to make the tyres last as long as possible. Personally I'd say it's a shame we're not racing on the full circuit, but that's just because the bits we're driving on are all so good! I'm loving it so far, and to be running in the top ten is really good. There's going to be a lot of tough racing here but the position we're in at the moment is really great.

Steven Richards - Jack Daniel's Racing Holden Commodore VZ: We're a world-class tour racing series so it's appropriate that we've come to a nation with facilities to match! I'm really pleased with the weekend so far, we've got a good chance now and I hope the who have come here - our die-hard fans, the many European petrolheads around and the local guys seeing these cars for the first time - I really hope they enjoy it. I'm really proud right now: I think ours is a great sport and I'm pleased it's being bought to a new audience.

-credit: bahrain-international-circuit

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Series Supercars
Drivers Greg Murphy , Rick Kelly , Craig Lowndes , Steven Richards