Bright launches Surfers Paradise challenge

Jason Bright has eyes for Holden Racing Team Series 1-2. The Holden Racing Team has never finished 1-2 in the V8 Supercar Championship Series -- Jason Bright has the chance to do something about that in the Gillette V8 Supercar Challenge at next...

Jason Bright has eyes for Holden Racing Team Series 1-2.

The Holden Racing Team has never finished 1-2 in the V8 Supercar Championship Series -- Jason Bright has the chance to do something about that in the Gillette V8 Supercar Challenge at next weekend's Honda Indy 300 on the Gold Coast.

Bright's team-mate Mark Skaife wrapped up his fifth national crown by winning last week's Bob Jane T-Marts 1000 at Bathurst's Mt Panorama and Bright has slotted comfortably into second place after finishing third in the 1000km enduro.

A big result from Bright on the streets of Surfers Paradise will help HRT closer to achieving one of the few goals to have alluded it, according to Bright who was on the Gold Coast today at Wet'n'Wild Water World to officially launch the Gillette V8 Supercar Challenge.

Skaife has an unassailable lead of 1975 points with three rounds remaining in the V8 Supercar Championship Series while Bright sits second with 1224.

Steve Richards took a big jump to third in the title chase after his second placing at Bathurst and sits 113 points behind Bright on 1111 from Greg Murphy (1102) and Marcos Ambrose (1053).

"Obviously to finish 1-2 in the championship is now the main focus of the team," said Bright.

"To help that cause we need to have a strong weekend in the Gillette races on the Gold Coast next weekend and then finish it off with New Zealand and Sandown.

"Racing for championship points on the Gold Coast is going to be pretty exciting and we won't be wanting too many close shaves out on the track."

It was only a couple of years ago that Bright was heading to the Gold Coast to drive a Champ Car in a round of the FedEx Championship Series.

While Bright drove a Champ Car at the 10th anniversary event in 2000, he was sidelined last year with a bout of tonsillitis.

Today's event at Wet'n'Wild Water World was also attended by Bright's fellow Holden driver Craig Baird and a group of Ford drivers including David Besnard, Steve Johnson, Paul Weel, Craig Baird and Cameron McLean.

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V8 SUPERCAR CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS
1: Mark Skaife (Holden) 1975
2: Jason Bright (Holden) 1224
3: Steve Richards (Holden) 1111
4: Greg Murphy (Holden) 1102
5: Marcos Ambrose (Ford) 1053
6: Todd Kelly (Holden) 1046
7: Russell Ingall (Holden) 876
8: David Besnard (Ford) 819
9: Craig Lowndes (Ford) 802
10: Garth Tander (Holden) 771

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Series Supercars
Drivers David Besnard , Garth Tander , Marcos Ambrose , Jason Bright , Greg Murphy , Russell Ingall , Mark Skaife , Craig Baird , Paul Weel , Craig Lowndes , Todd Kelly , Cameron McLean , Bob Jane , Steve Johnson , Steve Richards
Teams Holden Racing Team