V8 Supercars – Kings Of The Mountain Tackle A Very Different Peak

August 30, 2011

V8 Supercars

The Kings of Mount Panorama took on a very  different peak today, challenging themselves on the famous ski fields of  Perisher  Valley in the build-up to  the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000.

As the snow season draws to a close  the season of endurance begins for V8 Supercars with the L&H 500 at Phillip  Island as the prelude to the world famous Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000,  followed by the internationally renowned Armor All Gold Coast 600 where 28 of  the globes best internationals join the homegrown drivers.

Multiple Bathurst winners Craig  Lowndes, Jamie Whincup and  Russell Ingall, joined with 2009  winner Will Davison and  Fabian Coulthard, remembered for one  of the fiercest crashes at the Mountain in last year’s  event.

They were taken out of their  racetrack comfort zones at Perisher today by a series of challenges, a little  over a month out from the Mount Panorama classic which will engulf the  nation.

Five-time Bathurst Champion Lowndes  was not quite the master in the snow in contrast to V8 Supercar leader Whincup  who is a semi-professional wake boarder on water and powder. It is those two who  have the most to win, or lose, in the season of endurance.

Fresh from winning all three races  at last week’s Coates Hire Ipswich 300, Lowndes was excited to challenge himself  on a different mountain.

“How awesome is this,” said Lowndes  who is defending the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 with six-time winner Mark  Skaife. “It’s one of the best things I’ve done and a heap of fun. Now the  serious stuff starts.

“To see the boys flying down the  slopes was certainly an eye opener, not quite like 300km/h down Conrod Straight  but still pretty challenging. Perisher is an incredible place and some of the  black runs are almost as tough as Bathurst.

“At first we were all taking it  pretty easy, but as always once you cross the line the fever starts. We all know  there are no friends at Mount Panorama outside of your  team-mate.

“Coming into my absolute favourite  part of the year I feel incredibly confident. But as we all know anything can  happen at Bathurst and generally always  does.”

Wily veteran Ingall is always a  challenger at his favourite Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 event and was in the  running last year with his then team-mate Paul Morris before finishing eighth.  Like Lowndes he is far more comfortable behind the wheel than on  skis.

“I’m like Craig, I absolutely love  Bathurst. Mind  you Perisher is not too bad either, a bit bloody cold though. I really like our  chances at Bathurst this year; I think Jack Perkins and I  are the real surprise packets.

“It’s fantastic to be here having a  bit of fun with Craig, Jamie, Will and Fabian. We spend so much time training  and preparing for an event that it was a real pleasure to come here and have a  lot of fun while promoting the Supercheap Auto Bathurst  1000.

Ingalls’ enthusiasm only grew when  looking forward to the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000.

“After F1 driver Jenson Button  visited Bathurst  earlier this year you only needed to hear how excited he got about the mountain  to realise how special an event it really is,” he said.

“Quite simply it’s the pinnacle of  racing in Australia and one of the great  motorsport events in the world. I know I speak for all the drivers when I say  that we all look forward to this time of the year. Personally I can’t wait take  it on again.”

Drivers took part in several skiing  and snow boarding races past a replica of a Team Vodafone Supercar. The car was  placed on the slopes and the vibrant red of last year’s winning Team Vodafone V8  Supercar glowed in the pure white snow of Perisher.

Professional snowboarders and skiers  couldn’t resist the temptation to use the car as a base for an aerial display,  performing an array of stunts and tricks high above the car and drivers during  the film shoot.

V8 Supercar Championship leader  Whincup is an avid snowboarder and looked right at home as he tore up the  powdery slopes. But even he ogled at some of the  snowboarders.

“I just love Bathurst and I love  snowboarding. When I heard that the Champions of the mountain were coming to  this mountain, well, I just had to be a part of it,” he said. “It’s (Supercheap  Auto Bathurst 1000) getting closer and like Rusty (Russell Ingall) said I can’t  wait”.

From October 6–9, Mount Panorama will play host to 28 V8 Supercar  drivers and their co drivers as they fight for the much coveted Peter Brock  Trophy.

More than 180,000 racegoers and  30,000 campers will be on hand to see V8 Supercars reaching speeds up to  300km/hr as drivers push the limits of their skill and stamina to conquer the  mountain and secure their place in history.

On-track the action will be  never-ending with Fujitsu V8 Supercars, Touring Car Masters, GT Championship,  Porsche Carerra Cup and the V8 Ute Series all racing at the iconic Mount  Panorama.

Fans can create an ideal event  experience with a range of ticketing and accommodation options including  corporate, grandstand or general admission. Four-day general admission tickets  are available from just $120 and weekend general admission from  $105.

Kids 12 and under will be admitted  free to general admission and paddock areas with a paying adult.  All tickets can be purchased from  ticketek.com.au.

Visit http://www.v8supercars.com.au for  more information.

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