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BRIGHT READY FOR HAMILTON STREET FIGHT Fujitsu Racing's Jason Bright will take a new engine package to a new event on the V8 Supercar Championship calendar, the Hamilton 400 in New Zealand this weekend. The acquisition of new engines, along...

BRIGHT READY FOR HAMILTON STREET FIGHT

Fujitsu Racing's Jason Bright will take a new engine package to a new event on the V8 Supercar Championship calendar, the Hamilton 400 in New Zealand this weekend.

The acquisition of new engines, along with input from Fujitsu Racing's own engine department, is a vital addition ahead of what is expected to be a very tough fight across the Tasman.

After years of planning, the all-new Hamilton street race event is sure to be a highlight on the New Zealand sporting scene. Bright is looking forward to the new track and engine package.

"I know that the Kiwi organisers have been trying for many years to get an event like this off the ground," said Bright.

"The people of Hamilton and the surrounding Waikato area have done an excellent job with the facility and I'm sure it will be a great event.

"With a new track no one is a clear favourite. The last time a track debuted was Bahrain two years ago and I won it! I don't want to predict a victory, but we would be very happy with a top-10.

"We have a new engine package for this event and I'm sure we can make some gains on our opposition.

"Street racing usually takes its toll on cars. We want to keep out of all the mess and I'm sure if that happens we can really score a good result"

A new track creates new challenges for the Fujitsu Racing team. However, Chief Engineer Geoff Slater has been gathering as much information as possible ahead of the weekend's racing.

"Yes it's a new track, but we have done our research," said Slater.

"We have been studying everything from circuit diagrams, through to YouTube of people driving the course and even a virtual lap they have produced for a video game.

"The circuit is much like Adelaide or the Gold Coast in terms of the type of corners. However, practice on Friday is going to be very important to fully understand the track ahead of qualifying."

Cars first hit the track on Friday for extended practice. The elimination-styled qualifying format will be held just before lunchtime on Saturday with the opening 36-lap race that afternoon. The final two 36-lap races will be held on Sunday.

-credit: bammedia.com.au

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