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Van Gisbergen bound for Bahrain
by Stone Brothers Racing  


· Black Bullet ·
Shane Van Gisbergen
Stone Brothers Racing will head to Brisbane Airport tomorrow morning (Friday) with its two BF Ford Falcons and air freight containers, bound for the Bahrain International Circuit in the Kingdom of Bahrain.

The Desert 400 in Bahrain is one of only two fly-away rounds in the V8 Supercar Championship Series, the other being the Hamilton 400 in New Zealand.

With the Bahrain round now in its third year of existence, and with six fly-away races now under its belt, SBR's preparation for an overseas round is just as slick as that of a domestic round.

While space is at a premium in the team's two 18m3 air freight containers, the three-time championship team is well prepared for any eventuality.

A full set of panels is included for each car along with extra rear quarter panels, wing mirrors, head lights, tail lights and front and rear windscreens. Spare components include four complete steering racks, ten brake pad and disc sets, two rear axle housings, two gear boxes, three radiators and two tail shafts just for starters.

Add to that all the data equipment for the engineering team, four SP tool boxes, power and fabrication tools and all the parts required to repair all types of damage and it becomes clear that managing the logistics of a fly-away race is essential.

Finally, each car takes two front and two rear bars, one engine and 16 wheels in addition to the air freight containers while the JELD-WEN Motorsport and SP Tools Racing Falcons are loaded one-above-the-other onto a two level cradle, ready to be loaded on to the 747 400 Series Freighter Aircraft.

SBR will also take both of its passenger ride seats to Bahrain for the first time to provide six lucky Australian Navy personnel with a hot lap in the JELD-WEN Motorsport and SP Tools Racing Falcons.

Focusing on the race, SBR will be hoping to turn its fortunes around in Bahrain after a difficult home round at the Nikon Indy 300.

With the team currently sitting fifth in the team championship standings and James Courtney in eighth and Shane van Gisbergen in 15th in the driver's championship, the SP Tools Racing and JELD-WEN Motorsport crews are aiming for strong results to move up the rankings in the last three rounds of 2008.

The Desert 400 commences next Thursday 6 November with practice, followed by qualifying and race one on Friday and races two and three on Saturday.

Shane van Gisbergen, #9, SP Tools Racing Falcon
"I really liked the circuit in Bahrain last year, my first year there.

"It seemed to suit both the SBR-prepared car and my driving style. We struggled in qualifying which hurt us for the rest of the weekend but the track was definitely a lot of fun.

"It's quite tight and twisty in the first section and then it opens up to some very wide and fast areas. You need a car that is good in both the slow and high speed corners so it's a real challenge to get the set up right."

James Courtney, #4, JELD-WEN Motorsport Falcon
"I have really good memories from last year's round in Bahrain where we brought the JELD-WEN Falcon home in second position.

"The Bahrain circuit is pretty challenging; it's very hard on tyres so you have to manage that as best you can over the whole weekend. If you can get on top of your tyres it puts you in good shape.

"Last weeks result at Indy dropped us down a spot in the championship to eighth so it's head down-bottom up now to claw back up the ladder as far as we can in the final rounds of the year."
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