Shanghai: Orrcon Racing preview

ORRCON RACING ARE ALL SET FOR THE SHANGHAI SHOWCASE The Larkham -- Orrcon Racing team has landed in China in readiness for this weekend's historic V8 Supercar event at the Shanghai International Circuit. Words are hardly enough to justify the...

ORRCON RACING ARE ALL SET FOR THE SHANGHAI SHOWCASE

The Larkham -- Orrcon Racing team has landed in China in readiness for this weekend's historic V8 Supercar event at the Shanghai International Circuit.

Words are hardly enough to justify the venue and its facilities, however as you enter the new Shanghai International Circuit the only words that come to one's mind are impressive and big, very big.

The Chinese have left now doubt that the purpose built motorsport facility is the best in the world, with a grandstand that can seat 35,000 spectators, pit garages that are double the size of what teams commonly work out of in Australia and a very technical circuit that is sure to test the drivers and teams, it is simply magnificent.

Putting it in simple terms, the Shanghai International Raceway is out of this world.

The circuit to be used this weekend is slightly different configuration than what was used during the Chinese Formula One Grand Prix last September. It consists of 14 corners that include a set of turns similar to the California's Laguna Seca, Queensland Raceway type double right hander, back straight that is appears as long and as straight as the Nullabour, hairpin as tight as Symmons Plains and a Pukekohe type chicane, but bigger.

In regards to the grandstands, when you look at the extravagant grandstand on the main straight you could be mistaken to think that someone has straightened out the stands from the Gabba. The grandstands either side of the one-kilometre long back straight are reminiscent of the Warwick Capper days at Carrara stadium. Adding to these two stands are the normal motorsport stands, but much bigger, located throughout the circuit and the George Jetson like stands at the hairpin.

"The sheer magnitude of this place is simply amazing and the way it stands out on the horizon as you approach the circuit is like something out of this world," said Jason Bargwanna.

"In a few words the circuit is very long, very fast and has some very unique corners.

"I have been fortunate to race in a few countries one some of the world's best tracks around the world but this Shanghai circuit is certainly something very special. The opportunity to race on a circuit that is setting a new standard in the world of motorsport is phenomenal.

"Car set up is going to be a key and a real clever set up with be rewarded this weekend. Turn one and the corner coming onto the back straight are like nothing I have ever experienced and television simply doesn't justify the undulation of the circuit."

Bargwanna's Larkham-Orrcon Racing team-mate Mark Winterbottom is also amazed by the Shanghai circuit and its facilities.

"I always thought the circuit was going to be good but this place is simply amazing," said Winterbottom.

"It is a top class world facility and I think for once Bathurst will have some competition when a driver speaks about their favourite circuit.

"The track is certainly unique in its layout and has a bit of everything. I think it will be a real high speed driver's circuit."

The V8 Supercars will take to the circuit for the first time this afternoon.

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Drivers Jason Bargwanna