Surfers Paradise: Orrcon Racing preview

ACTIVE INDY LEAD UP FOR ORRCON RACING Surfers Paradise is well known for its sun, surf, theme parks and is all about fun and relaxation. In the build up to this weekend's Lexmark Indy 300 on the streets of Surfers Paradise Larkham -- Orrcon...

ACTIVE INDY LEAD UP FOR ORRCON RACING

Surfers Paradise is well known for its sun, surf, theme parks and is all about fun and relaxation.

In the build up to this weekend's Lexmark Indy 300 on the streets of Surfers Paradise Larkham -- Orrcon Racing drivers Jason Bargwanna and Mark Winterbottom have sampled some of the Gold Coast's best attractions.

On Monday Winterbottom tried his hand at surfing for the first time in his life courtesy of the expert tutelage from former Ironwoman Champion Linda Halfweeg as a part of the launch for this weekend's Gillette V8 Supercar Challenge.

"Growing up in the Western suburbs of Sydney I never went to the beach but after some expert tips from Linda I was happy to give surfing a shot," said Winterbottom.

"However for those who seen me surf there are no plans for me to look at a career change. The closest I plan to get to a surfboard in the future will be an Indy trophy and hopefully that will be this weekend."

Joining Winterbottom and Halfweeg in the surf was fellow V8 Supercar drivers Paul Weel, Max Wilson and Paul Morris and Ironmen and women Champions Ky Hurst, Wes Berg and Karla Gilbert.

Bargwanna arrived on the Gold Coast yesterday before immediately joining up with Winterbottom, Team Australia Champ Car drivers Alex Tagliani and Will Power and Bartercard Miss Indy and V8 Supercar Jane Lee O'Neill and Renee Maurer for an afternoon of "Zorbing".

At first Bargwanna was a little hesitant to climb inside the three metre high plastic ball, affectionately known as the Zorb, which was filled with 40 litres of water but when Winterbottom climbed inside for the first solo run it wasn't long before Bargwanna stepped up to the task.

"The aim is to try and run all the way down the hill inside the ball, apparently one person a month gets to the bottom, well unfortunately I wasn't one of them. I got about half way down the hill before falling onto my butt and sliding the rest of the way down, it was a lot of fun," said Winterbottom.

Bargwanna was joined inside the Zorb by O'Neill and Maurer who let out the high pitched squeals that could have broken windows for hours if it wasn't for the industrial plastic that forms the giant ball.

"I had no idea what to expect when I first got there but once I seen Frosty go down and finish with a big smile on his face, it seemed like something pretty cool, and it was," said Bargwanna.

"Each time someone went down the hill they had a ball, literally. I would highly recommend it for a relaxing day out on the Gold Coast."

For both drivers today began with the Ford Super Breakfast at Movie World before Winterbottom unveiled a giant sized bandanna covering his Orrcon Racing Falcon in support of CanTeen, which is an official charity for the Gold Coast event.

Winterbottom is an ambassador for CanTeen and is delighted to show his support for CanTeen and their major fundraiser, National Bandanna Day which will be held next Friday October 28.

"I am delighted to be helping CanTeen with all of their work with Indy. It's a great cause and I am once again thrilled to be behind them," said Winterbottom.

"CanTeen is a charity that I have supported since joining the V8 Supercar Series and this year is no different. It is good to be able to bring some joy to the members of CanTeen and also promote National Bandanna day in the process."

Both drivers will be a part of the driver's parade through the streets of Surfers Paradise tonight before the on track action begins tomorrow. Qualifying for the V8 Supercars will be conducted on Friday with one 31-lap race on Saturday. The round will be highlighted with twin 22-lap features on Sunday.

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Series Supercars
Drivers Alex Tagliani , Max Wilson , Paul Weel , Jason Bargwanna , Paul Morris , Mark Winterbottom , Will Power