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Murphy eyes Marcos in Gillette V8 Supercar Challenge. The V8 Supercar 'man of the moment' Greg Murphy jetted into Brisbane today to launch the Gillette V8 Supercar Challenge at the Lexmark Indy 300 on the Gold Coast from October 23 to...

Murphy eyes Marcos in Gillette V8 Supercar Challenge.

The V8 Supercar 'man of the moment' Greg Murphy jetted into Brisbane today to launch the Gillette V8 Supercar Challenge at the Lexmark Indy 300 on the Gold Coast from October 23 to 26.

Murphy (K-Mart Racing) was the victor in the Bob Jane T-Marts 1000 at Mount Panorama in Bathurst on Sunday, and now has his sights set on the Gillette V8 Supercar Challenge in his pursuit of Gold Coaster Marcos Ambrose in the overall series standings.

Murphy was joined by fellow Bathurst podium finishes Craig Lowndes and Steve Ellery, along with local V8 Supercar stars David Besnard and Steve Johnson in the Queen Street Mall today to launch the Gillette V8 Supercar Challenge.

Murphy's historic third Bathurst win has shot him to within 76 points of Ambrose (Pirtek Racing) in the V8 Supercar Championship Series with Russell Ingall (Caltex Havoline Racing) lying in third.

The Gillette V8 Supercar Challenge is round 11 of the 13-round V8 Supercar Championship Series, and will feature two 100km races around the challenging 4.47km Surfers Paradise street circuit.

The 31-year-old Holden driver, Murphy, brings plenty of experience and capability to the tight circuit. The Kiwi finished third in the Gillette V8 Supercar Challenge last year and won in 1997 when it was a non-points scoring round of the series.

A strong challenge will be thrown out by the cars that finished just behind him in Bathurst -- the Ford Falcons of Lowndes (Ford Performance Racing) and Ellery (Super Cheap Auto Racing).

Lowndes finished second on the Gold Coast last year and will be striving to go one step higher on the podium this time around for new team Ford Performance Racing.

If form is anything to go by, one of the favourites will be another Gold Coast local Steve Ellery who has placed second and third in the past two championship rounds at Sandown and Bathurst.

Johnson (Shell Helix Racing) and Besnard (Ford Performance Racing) both know what it feels like to stand on top of a V8 Supercar podium being previous Queensland Raceway winners, and will be hoping they can do the same in their home region of the Gold Coast.

But the driver everyone is out to catch at the moment is Ambrose who has won five of the 10 V8 Supercar Championship Series rounds to date including Phillip Island, Winton, Barbagallo, Hidden Valley and Oran Park.

Race one of the Gillette V8 Supercar Challenge will be on Saturday October 25 with race two on Sunday October 26. The V8 Supercars will hit the track on the Friday for practice.

This will be the second successive year that the Gillette V8 Supercar Challenge has been an official round of the V8 Supercar Championship Series.

Tickets for the Lexmark Indy 300 are available through Ticketek on www.ticketek.com or phone 1300 303 103, or visit the official event website at www.indy.com.au for further information.

-www.indy.com.au

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Series Supercars
Drivers David Besnard , Greg Murphy , Russell Ingall , Craig Lowndes , Bob Jane , Steve Johnson , Phillip Island