Surfers Paradise: Fujitsu Racing preview

Following a strong run at Bathurst, the Fujitsu Racing team head to one of the toughest sprint races of the V8 Supercar Championship Series, the Coffee Club V8 Supercar Challenge to be contested as a part of the Nikon Indy 300 Event on the Gold ...

Following a strong run at Bathurst, the Fujitsu Racing team head to one of the toughest sprint races of the V8 Supercar Championship Series, the Coffee Club V8 Supercar Challenge to be contested as a part of the Nikon Indy 300 Event on the Gold Coast over October 23-26.

Along with Adam Macrow, Jason Bright brought the Fujitsu Racing Ford home in ninth place at Bathurst and he is confident of an even better performance on the streets of Surfers Paradise.

"Bathurst was a very good run and we believe we have the package for another strong performance at Indy," said Bright.

"We have a very good handle on the chassis and we have made some gains in the engine department. Plus we have always had a good brake package which is vital at Surfers Paradise.

"Indy is tough, as I found out last year when an incident in practice put us on the back-foot before an accident in the opening race ended our weekend early.

"Our Bathurst performance has lifted everyone on the team and it would be great to pay-back all that hard work with a top-five run.

"The key is to keep it clean and steer well away from all those concrete walls!"

A strong preparation for the Gold Coast event is a key to success according to Fujitsu Racing Chief Engineer Geoff Slater.

"Our strong run at Bathurst, including no damage has been a bonus heading into the Gold Coast event," said Slater.

"Despite having had the car in the workshop for only a handful of days, we have been able to give the car a full onceover and actually have it ready early for the trip from Melbourne to the Gold Coast.

"This has meant everyone on the team has been fully rested, plus once the car leaves they will get a couple more days to focus on the race ahead.

"The enthusiasm amongst the whole team is very infectious right now and I'm sure we can show further improvement at the Indy event."

The Fujitsu Racing Falcon takes to the track for practice and qualifying on Friday. The opening 27-lap race will be run on Saturday afternoon, with another two 27-lap races on Sunday.

V8 SUPERCARS ON TV
*All programs are shown on Channel 7

Saturday 25 October
11:00am -- 5:00pm (Perth)
11:30am -- 5:30pm (Adelaide)
12:00pm -- 6:00pm (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane)

Sunday 26 October
10:00am -- 5:00pm (Perth)
10:30am -- 5:30pm (Adelaide)
11:00pm -- 6:00pm (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane)

*Times subject to change. Check local guides

ABOUT THE TRACK

The Surfers Paradise temporary street circuit was first constructed on the streets of the Gold Coast in 1991 to host the opening round of the 1991 PPG Indycar World Series. It was the first venue to host an Indycar race outside of North America. The V8 Supercars first raced at Surfers Paradise in 1994 and after not competing in 1995 have raced on the Gold Coast every year since. After many years as a Non-Championship event it joined the Series in 2002. The Gold Coast event is extremely popular with drivers, teams and spectators, all 300,000 of them!


Circuit length: 4.47km
Circuit direction: Anti-clockwise
Average speed: 136 km/h
Maximum speed: 260 km/h
Current Qualifying Lap Record: Garth Tander, Holden Commodore VE, 1m48.6322s, 2007
Current Race Lap Record: Garth Tander, Holden Commodore VE, 1m49.8352s, 2007

-credit: bammedia.com.au

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Series Supercars
Drivers Garth Tander , Jason Bright , Adam Macrow