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V8 Supercars Ready To Roar At Honda Indy 300 One of the strongest fields of V8 Supercars ever assembled will line-up on the streets of Surfers Paradise next week as part of the Honda Indy 300. Following one of the most successful V8 Supercar...

V8 Supercars Ready To Roar At Honda Indy 300

One of the strongest fields of V8 Supercars ever assembled will line-up on the streets of Surfers Paradise next week as part of the Honda Indy 300.

Following one of the most successful V8 Supercar 1000s at Bathurst just two weeks ago, all the major V8 Supercar teams will field cars in what is expected to be a furious four days of action, according to Honda Indy 300 Chief Executive Officer, Geoff Jones.

"I have no doubts that the V8 Supercars will again put on a show that we will all remember," said Jones.

"The V8 Supercar 1000 at Bathurst was a fantastic event and one which got everyone's heart racing and the adrenalin levels will be pumped up again next weekend.

"The V8 Supercar races at the Honda Indy 300 have almost become like a State of Origin weekend with all the Queensland teams taking on the rest."

Shell Helix Ford driver Steve Johnson lives only streets from the Honda Indy 300 circuit and is looking forward to a hassle-free weekend after a disappointing run at Bathurst.

"Luck did not go our way at Bathurst and we are keen to make up for it at Indy," said Johnson.

"This might not be a championship round, but the support races at Indy have more and more prestige attached to them each year. It will be great to wake up and walk to the track.

"My team mate Paul Radisich has won the V8 Supercar event for last two years at Surfers Paradise and it would be nice to keep the Indy trophy in Queensland."

The Queensland Holden contingent will be led by Paul Morris and his Big Kev Commodore.

Morris won a round of the Shell Championship Series at Calder Park earlier this year and is expected to be one of the front-runners on a track made up of streets on which he grew up.

"Indy is such a unique event and obviously you always want to do well in front of your home crowd," said Morris.

"It's just one of the tracks where you cannot afford to make a mistake, but you can be sure there will always be someone who does."

Fellow Gold Coaster David Besnard is also looking forward to his first run in a V8 Supercar on the Gold Coast streets.

Besnard competed in the inaugural Gillette Young Guns competition last year and was rewarded with a full-time V8 drive with Stone Brothers Racing this season.

"To run in the Young Guns competition last year was a great experience and hopefully I learnt a few things that will help me out in the V8 next weekend.

"There is no doubt that the track will be a totally different place in a V8 and I am looking forward to getting my eye in during the early practice sessions."

The V8 Supercars will be on track for two practice sessions on Thursday. There will be a 40-minute qualifying session on Friday, followed by a top-10 shootout in the afternoon.

The V8 Supercars will then have two races on Saturday before putting on a final curtain-raiser to the Honda Indy 300 on Sunday.

Other categories supporting the Honda Indy 300 next weekend include Nations Cup, GT Performance, V8 Brutes and the Gillette Young Guns.

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Series Supercars
Drivers David Besnard , Paul Morris , Paul Radisich , Steve Johnson