Shanghai: Inaugural race preview

V8 Supercars hit Shanghai International Circuit Thirty-two V8 Supercars have arrived at Shanghai International Circuit ahead of the inaugural V8 Supercars round in Shanghai, China this weekend. This historic round of the V8 Supercar Championship...

V8 Supercars hit Shanghai International Circuit

Thirty-two V8 Supercars have arrived at Shanghai International Circuit ahead of the inaugural V8 Supercars round in Shanghai, China this weekend. This historic round of the V8 Supercar Championship Series will mark the first 'fly-away' international event for the series and is expected to be a landmark event for the sport and Australia.

Two 747-400 Series Freighter Aircrafts landed at Pudong Airport, Shanghai on Sunday carrying 32 V8 Supercars strapped into custom built car racks as well as more than 20 purpose built aircraft containers used to hold team equipment as well as spare engines (one per car), gear boxes (two per car) and wheels which were packed into communal cargo in the aircrafts.

The first car was wheeled out onto the Shanghai International Circuit yesterday morning as freight was unloaded and preparation for round five of the series began.

The first shipment of drivers, teams, media and officials have started to make their way to China. More than 66 team members and media flew into Pudong Airport Shanghai last night, 129 tonight and a further 197 on Wednesday night.

Drivers have already started a hectic week of promotional activities, sponsorship commitments and interviews with Chinese media in the lead up to the first ever V8 Supercar event in China.

This morning V8 Supercar drivers Rick Kelly, Brad Jones, Craig Baird, Greg Murphy, Max Wilson and Cameron McConville visited Pund Park for their first full glimpse of the Pudong area including the Oriental Pearl Tower.

"This country has so far been unbelievable," Super Cheap Auto Racing's Greg Murphy said. "It is such a contrast to what we have in New Zealand and Australia and I would never have imagined how different the Chinese lifestyle and culture would be until we arrived here.

"We have already received an overwhelming response from local media as well as the community and I can guarantee I'm not the only driver who can't wait to get out onto the Shanghai International Circuit on Friday."

A group of twelve V8 Supercar drivers including Team Buick's Rick Kelly, Team Perkins Racing's Steven Richards and Larkham-Orrcon Racing's Jason Bargwanna will endure a full day scenic tour of Shanghai tomorrow with Chinese and Australian media. Sites include Yu Garden Pudong, Central Park, Oriental Tower, Nanpu Bridge and Binjiang Park.

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Series Supercars
Drivers Max Wilson , Greg Murphy , Cameron McConville , Rick Kelly , Brad Jones , Craig Baird , Jason Bargwanna , Steven Richards