Surfers Paradise: IRWIN Racing preview

MARSHALL KEEN TO STRETCH THE LEGS OF THE IRWIN FALCON ON GOLD COAST STREETS IRWIN Racing's Marcus Marshall will take on the Coffee Club V8 Supercar Challenge, which will be contested as a part of the Nikon Indy 300 Event on the streets of the...

MARSHALL KEEN TO STRETCH THE LEGS OF THE IRWIN FALCON ON GOLD COAST STREETS

IRWIN Racing's Marcus Marshall will take on the Coffee Club V8 Supercar Challenge, which will be contested as a part of the Nikon Indy 300 Event on the streets of the Gold Coast this week, with an air of confidence following a strong run at the recent Bathurst 1000.

Marshall and co-driver Matt Halliday brought the IRWIN Racing Ford home in 14th position after a day long battle at Mount Panorama.

The Gold Coast Indy event is a different challenge, but a strong car package, plus Marshall's outstanding fitness will be the keys in what is regarded as one of the toughest races on man and machine.

"I'm looking forward to this event," said Marshall.

"I actually live on the Gold Coats and it's always great to race in front of family and friends.

"A lot of people will enjoy the party atmosphere, but in the car it is one of the toughest races we do.

"It's usually hot outside, plus add around 20 degrees inside to that. I work very hard on my fitness and certainly over a full race distance that's a key advantage I do have.

IRWIN Racing engineer Marcus Clarke is fully aware of the challenge that the Gold Coast Indy brings.

"Any mistake is punished against the concrete walls that line the track, but we will keep it clean and make our way forward," said Clarke.

"We have had an excellent preparation following our strong performance at Bathurst. The final result, plus bringing a straight car home has allowed the boys plenty of time to have the car ready for the trip north.

"Brakes will be a key area for a strong run at Indy. We feel our brake package is one of our strengths and that along with Marcus's fitness will be a telling factor in all three races."

The IRWIN Racing Ford hits 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 , Marcus Marshall , Matt Halliday