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The latest Ford verses Holden war will have a "local" flavour at next month¹s VIP Petfoods Queensland 500 for V8 Supercars at the Queensland Raceway. Once regarded as the playground of the leading Ford teams in the Shell Championship Series,...

The latest Ford verses Holden war will have a "local" flavour at next month¹s VIP Petfoods Queensland 500 for V8 Supercars at the Queensland Raceway.

Once regarded as the playground of the leading Ford teams in the Shell Championship Series, the Queensland "sandpit" was well and truly invaded by Paul Morris and his Big Kev Commodore at Calder Park yesterday.

Morris, 33, won the seventh round of the Shell Series with two wins and a second in the three-race sprint format to well and truly mark himself as a serious player in Australia¹s leading motorsport championship.

Morris¹ main opposition yesterday came from fellow Gold Coaster Steve Johnson in a Shell Helxix Racing Falcon.

"We have all been working very hard and it is all starting to come together," said Morris.

"It is a matter of everyone having the same goal and working tirelessly to achieve it.

"We are looking forward to Oran Park in a couple of weeks and then flying the Holden flag at the Queensland Raceway on August 26.

"We will have plenty of local Ford teams in the mix, but now we would like to think the "local" Holden fans will have someone to cheer for at the front of the pack.

"I think the Queensland 500 will really come of age this year and with double points on offer there won¹t be any holding back."

Johnson, who finished second overall yesterday to cement his place in the top four of the championship, is looking forward to going head-to-head with Morris in the VIP Petfoods Queensland 500 in a "local-derby" worth the price of admission alone

"Of course I would have liked to have won the meeting, but I think the victory by Paul and the Big Kev team is great for the sport," said Johnson. "The team will now be considered a serious threat at each round, especially the VIP Petfoods Queensland 500. "I think a Holden in the mix of leading Ford teams in South-East Queensland is great for the build up to the Queensland 500 which really is shaping as the most important race of the season."

Tickets for this year¹s VIP Petfoods Queensland 500 can be purchased through Tickmaster7.com or by phoning 1300 888 086.

-Brett Murray

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