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  • Surfer's attendance (merged)

    back by popular demand!

    let her rip!

    DAY TWO REPORT

    Friday, 21 October 2005

    Despite fluctuating weather conditions on the Gold Coast today, a record day two crowd of 64,111 filed through the gates to witness the debut of the green-and-gold Team Australia Champ Cars, a huge program of Gillette V8 Supercar Challenge action and the Friday Night Racing. That takes the combined two day crowd to more than 120,000 – a marvelous achievement given the irregular weather conditions.

    Champ Car World Series: US-based Frenchman Sebastien Bourdais (Newman/Haas Racing) secured a front row start for Sunday’s race by topping the time sheets in this afternoon’s first qualifying session with a best lap of 1:45.739. Team Australia’s Alex Tagliani made it a memorable day for the Aussie team debuting on its home track by clocking the second fastest time of the day of 1:46.010. Canada’s Paul Tracy (Forsythe Championship Racing) rounded out the top three, while local Gold Coast talent Marcus Marshall (Team ) finished 10th and second fastest rookie. In his first-ever Champ Car experience for Team Australia, Toowoomba’s Will Power finished the session as 17th fastest out of the 19 participating drivers.

    Gillette V8 Supercar Challenge: Super Cheap Auto Racing’s Greg Murphy claimed pole position with a blistering Top 10 Shootout lap of 1:51:3434. Joining Murphy on the front of the grid will be Todd Kelly (Holden Racing Team) who posted a Shootout lap of 1:51:8668. Kelly’s HRT teammate Mark Skaife was third fastest, while Marcos Ambrose (Pirtek Racing) had the fastest Falcon and is starting at position four. Steven Richards (Team Perkins Racing) was less than a second behind Murphy to be fifth fastest in the Shootout.

    Friday Night Racing: Twenty Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars lit up the track to start the Friday Night Racing component of today’s program. With their headlights on and illuminated by the highrises lining the 4.47km street circuit, the Porsches were contesting race two of the Wright Patton Shakespeare Carrera Cup. Young gun Fabian Coulthard was the victor in the seven-lap encounter to increase his championship lead. Then a spectacular entertainment session enthralled the crowd including an F1-11 dump’n burn before the Haymans Electrical V8 Utes concluded the program. Another young gun in Ryal Harris took the honours in front of his home crowd.

    With fine weather forecast for the weekend, organisers are confident of another record breaking four day crowd at the Lexmark Indy 300.

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    Team Australia seem to be doing well - just waiting for conspiricy theorists to get a hold of this one.

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    • #3
      Let me beat Kimble to it
      These are phony numbers that were decided months ago.

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      • #4
        Friday attendance.

        http://www.theage.com.au/news/Sport/...775947124.html

        "A crowd of 64,111 poured through the gates on Friday, despite 7.5mm of rain falling up to 3pm AEST, boosting total attendance figures to 120,897 at the halfway point of the glamour event."

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        • #5
          hikari beat ya.

          http://www.trackforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=67013

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          • #6
            Originally posted by ptistheboss
            http://www.theage.com.au/news/Sport/...775947124.html

            "A crowd of 64,111 poured through the gates on Friday, despite 7.5mm of rain falling up to 3pm AEST, boosting total attendance figures to 120,897 at the halfway point of the glamour event."
            Do we have a yawn smiley?

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            • #7
              Do we have a jealous smiley?

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              • #8
                do we have a merge thread smiley?

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                • #9
                  That race is quite an event. Wasn't there the Miss Indy pagent contest today?

                  Might explain the healthy attendance. rain, cool, girls in thin lycra bathing suits.
                  Trump, he's one of the nicest, most decent human beings possibly ever to walk the planet..

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                  • #10
                    bump coz my thread was FIRST! :mad: (stoopid ptistheboss)

                    and has a picture!

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by hikari
                      bump coz my thread was FIRST! :mad: (stoopid ptistheboss)

                      and has a picture!
                      Oh big deal, it's a picture of a car!

                      Here's what we really want to see.






                      and the lovely winner is....



                      Trump, he's one of the nicest, most decent human beings possibly ever to walk the planet..

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Indyknut
                        Might explain the healthy attendance. rain, cool, girls in thin lycra bathing suits.
                        And the V8 Supercars:

                        Murphy will start his 100th V8 Supercar round from pole position, thanks to a hair-raising Top 10 Shootout lap that included a hit on one of the track's barriers.
                        Link

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                        • #13
                          Bump back to the top.

                          PS

                          Chitownfan give up - you have no idea, nor the skill of Jim to twist things to make a constructive argument in relation to 'how and why' the event draws.

                          Its a great event with more racing than you can shake a stick at and thats what makes the 'event' what it is. People like percieved 'glamor' or the exotic open wheel cars mixed with that which they are familiar with. If they were only here for the V8's every V8 race australia would draw the same crowd.

                          BTW we also did this one last year and the year before - in detail.

                          There was a lot of people buying and wearing Team Australia gear. Quite alarming really as this marks a drastic change in how the race is being marketed here. This has not been discussed yet though here - maybe after the weekend as I want to enjoy my local 'indy style' race and not be writing essays.

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                          • #14
                            Surfer's attendence Saturday - 90K

                            Over 90 thousand is the figure announced. Wow! Here is a pic of Servia after taking the pole, my question: where are the people in the grandstands? Heck you can see more grandstand than people!

                            http://www.champcarworldseries.com/P...playSize=BY800

                            Not to rain on parades but geez, where did they go?

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                            • #15
                              You can see the grandstands in that pic? You must have superman vision. I can't see S***.

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