Second race added to Surfers Paradise

EXTRA V8 SUPERCAR RACE ADDS TO INDY ENTERTAINMENT Get set for a bumper V8 Supercar program at this year's Lexmark Indy 300 to be held from October 20 to 23 on the streets of the Gold Coast. Lexmark Indy 300 General Manager James O'Brien and...

EXTRA V8 SUPERCAR RACE ADDS TO INDY ENTERTAINMENT

Get set for a bumper V8 Supercar program at this year's Lexmark Indy 300 to be held from October 20 to 23 on the streets of the Gold Coast.

Lexmark Indy 300 General Manager James O'Brien and AVESCO Chairman Tony Cochrane have announced the race program for the Gillette V8 Supercar Challenge at the Lexmark Indy 300, which will feature an extra Sunday race to excite motorsport fans.

The V8 Supercars will hit the track on Friday for two Practice sessions of 35 minutes each, a 40-minute Qualifying session, followed by the Top 10 Shootout to be staged only 15 minutes after the completion of Qualifying.

The Saturday program will feature a Gillette V8 Supercar Challenge race at Indy of 140km, while a 'Super Sunday' program has been formulated to create one of the most anticipated days for motorsport fans in 2005.

Race two of the Gillette V8 Supercar Challenge will be 100km with a start time of approximately 11am. The Champ Car race will now commence an hour earlier at 1.15pm and feature the traditional 57 high speed laps. Then to round out the program, a new 100km race three of the Gillette V8 Supercar Challenge will be staged at 3.45pm.

Lexmark Indy 300 General Manager James O'Brien said the changes to the program provide an enhanced and more entertaining V8 Supercar presence at Indy.

"Thursday will be the opportunity for fans to meet their V8 heroes in person at autograph sessions, driver appearances and during pit walks," said O'Brien.

"Friday will be the full package of Practice and Qualifying sessions, culminating with the Top Ten Shootout. Fans will be able to leave the track knowing who is on pole position for the first race.

"Saturday features a 140km race, you could almost dub an endurance race given the rigourous nature of the 4.47km Surfers Paradise street circuit.

"Then Sunday is something special - a feature program that starts with race two of the Gillette V8 Supercar Challenge, followed by the 15th annual Champ Car race on the Gold Coast, and then concludes with a third V8 Supercar race over 100km."

Mr O'Brien said the changes were made to add to the overall entertainment for fans and to adhere to new V8 Supercar rules for 2005.

One of those rules is that there will be only a 15-minute window between Qualifying and the Top 10 Shootout meaning teams will not be able to make major modifications to their cars in this time. This rule was introduced to make it fairer and reward all teams that make the Top 10 Shootout.

AVESCO Chairman Tony Cochrane said that V8 Supercar fans will benefit from this year's rule changes and the new race program at Indy.

"This year's Indy race program provides a complete V8 Supercar package for fans, and that is what we endeavoured with the modification of a few of our rules," said Cochrane.

"Thursday is fan day, Friday sees a new one-day qualifying package, Saturday pits the V8 Supercars in an appetite-whetting 140km race, while Sunday's two V8 Supercar races really cements the day as something unique for fans."

The Lexmark Indy 300 will be held on the Gold Coast from October 20 to 23. The Gillette V8 Supercar Challenge will be round 11 of the V8 Supercar Championship Series, while the Champ Car race will be round 13 of the Champ Car World Series.

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Series Supercars
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