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Photo Feature: 2000 FAI Insurance Challenge
Part 1
Michael Shaw
Mark Alan Jones
Captions: Shane Rogers
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A blast from the past
Believe it or not - In the old days, there was once a permanent circuit at Surfers Paradise. The last ATCC meeting held there was in 1987, when Jim Richards won in a BMW. The circuit land is still used as an airstrip, and for some Movieworld stunts, but is no longer an active race circuit. Here's the old control tower.
That name rings a bell...
1998 Bathurst 1000 winner Jason Bright made his champ car debut at Honda Indy 300.
Bright in Action
After a slow start, mainly due to interrupted practice sessions, Bright drove a stunning race to be in fifth position when he hit Max Papis trying to avoid the spinning Roberto Moreno.
Backmarker Brad
Brad Jones ended up in front of the field, but one lap down in race two, following a tangle with Paul Weel.
Skaife Attack!
Skaife attacks a chicane. Skaife twice during the weekend hit the tyre walls when going through chicanes, but only caused superficial damage to the Commodore.
Consistent Larkham
Mark Larkham was lucky (for once) to end up with a fifth place overall finish after being hit from behind by Murphy.
Skaife leans
Skaife flys through the first part of the first chicane.
Jason Bargwanna had one of his best performances of the season, finishing fourth overall, despite not qualifying in the top ten.
Baird's improvement
Craig Baird's ninth position overall was his best since round five, and could be a sign that improvement in the SBR camp is finally coming just in time for Bathurst.
News! Romano scoops new sponsor
Have a look at the radiator of Paul Romanos's Commodore in this picture. Half of the air flow to the front scoop is obstructed by debris including a page of newspaper. This is what forced John Bowe out of race two with overheating problems. Romano has gained new sponsorship from Betta Electrical.
Tander's Early Exit
Tander's weekend was cut short when he crashed the Valvoline Commodore on Friday. It also ended his record breaking run of most consecutive shootout pole positions.
Ingall on the inside
Lowndes side by side with Ingall into the Honda Hairpin.
Too excited over the kerbs?
Paul Morris gives a fine example of Kerb hopping at the chicane. Over 200 reports were made to officals during the first sessions on Thursday, and while nobody got black-flagged, some drivers got the black and white triangle flag for unsportsmanlike driving during the races.
Bowe goes to EL
John Briggs elected to run John Bowe in the CAT racing EL for the Indy 300 supports; like Morris, preserving their primary chassis for the FAI 1000.
Brad Jones leads Dugal McDougall and Paul Morris through the WorldCom Chicane on Friday.
Flaming Kid
Lowndes works the wheel at the Honda Chicane