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Contenders announced for 6 Degrees of Acceleration
SMSP, 12 February 2014
F1 car to be pushed to its limits in the Ultimate Speed Showdown
The gloves are off as six of the world’s greatest and most powerful engines prepare to square off against one another to claim glory at this year’s Top Gear Festival Sydney. The six challengers will be battling to take the title of “King of the Track” in the Ultimate Speed Showdown.
Featuring Team F1, Team Superbike, Team V8, Team GT3, Team World Time Attack Challenge and Team WRC, the Ultimate Speed Showdown will settle the age old argument about which of these racing machines truly is the greatest.
There are no foregone conclusions in this 6 Degrees of Acceleration race – as each team will be given staggered starts to ensure the conclusion is a nail-biter in a 5-lap race around the Sydney Motorsport Park circuit
The drivers behind these mechanical monsters, which will line up to race on 8-9 March at Sydney Motorsport Park, are just as impressive with Infiniti Red Bull Racing driver Daniel Ricciardo attempting to take the title for Team F1; Ducati rider & ex-world champion Troy Bayliss taking to the track for Team Superbike and Erebus Motorsport’s Will Davison taking the Team V8 hot-seat.
They will be joined by Davison’s Erebus Motorsport team mate Lee Holdsworth in Team GT3, former World Time Attack Challenge champion Garth Walden and multiple Rally Championship winner Neal Bates.
Infiniti Red Bull Racing driver Daniel Ricciardo is looking forward to taking on all-comers at the Festival as he looks to take victory for Team F1.
“I’m super excited about the battle ahead for the Ultimate Speed Showdown, especially against Troy Bayliss who is an absolute legend on two wheels.”
Erebus Motorsport’s Will Davison & Lee Holdsworth cannot wait to give the Ultimate Speed Showdown a crack in the V8 and the SLS GT3, as the opportunity to race against other categories, head to head on the same track, doesn’t come around too often.
“Having the chance to race again an F1 car, a World Time Attack Car and a Rally Car will be absolutely unique … I am sure it will never happen again in my career! Said Will Davison
“It’s going to be a great battle and really interesting to see the performance comparison between each type of car”
Flying the flag for all the motorbike enthusiasts at Top Gear Festival Sydney will be former 3-times World Superbike champion Troy Bayliss.
“With 52 World Superbike victories under my belt, I’m pumped to give these guys a run for their money. I know Sydney Motorsport Park and Turn 1 on a Superbike is FAST, which will make it a great shootout.”
In addition to the Ultimate Speed Showdown, several other Speed Showdowns will feature over the weekend in a range of motoring mash ups that will see Bayliss take on Ricciardo and teammates Davison and Holdsworth go head-to-head.
Fans are encouraged to buy their tickets now to witness history in the making at Top Gear Festival Sydney, and see for themselves who will be crowned “King of the Track”.
About Top Gear Festival Sydney 2014
Offering a variation on more traditional motor shows the Top Gear Festival Sydney brings the spirit of the UK TV programme to life, allowing fans to immerse themselves in their passion for Top Gear and motoring in general.
Transforming Sydney Motorsport Park into the ultimate outdoor motoring spectacular, Top Gear Festival Sydney is taking place on 8-9 March, 2014 and will once again feature a host of never seen before action and stunts. Following a highly successful inaugural event in 2013, which attracted over 40,000 motoring enthusiasts over two days, the 2014 event will be attended by Top Gear presenters Jeremy Clarkson, James May and The Stig, along with some of their legendary racing mates and celebrity friends, live in non-stop racing action. For more information, please visit: www.topgearfestivalsydney.com.au
FORMULA ONE LEGENDS LINE UP FOR SYDNEY RETRO SPEEDFEST
SMSP, 10 February 2014
THE ROAR of legendary Formula One cars will once again echo around Sydney Motorsport Park, as a dozen examples of the spectacular racers from the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s take to the track for the inaugural Sydney Retro Speedfest on May 3 -4.
With only around 20 examples in Australia, there will arguably never be a better time to see these amazing machines in action. The F1 cars will be trackside for display, hot laps and will also be racing over the weekend of the Speedfest, which promises close classic competition and fantastic off-track entertainment for fans of all ages.
One of the main attractions will be the Williams FW07, driven by Alan Jones to victory in the 1980 Formula 1 World Drivers’ Championship, and also took out the Constructors’ Championship. The 3.0-litre Cosworth Ford-engined machine will be driven by Victorian owner Paul Faulkner in its NSW debut. Another car driven by Jones in 1985 and now owned by Ian Ross is the turbo-engined Beatrice Lola Hart; one of the last used by the World Champ on the international scene before he embarked on his touring car career.
A significant inclusion will be the Repco-Brabham BT24 used by Sir Jack Brabham to secure second place in the 1967 World Drivers’ Championship behind team-mate Denny Hulme. A winner of the French and Canadian Grands Prix, the BT24 played a big part in taking the Brabham-Tauranac team to a second consecutive F1 Constructor’s Title.
Current Race Director of V8 Supercars, Tim Schenken, also had his hand in F1 racing history as a factory driver with the Surtees Formula 1 team in 1972. His car, the Surtees TS9B, will be driven at Sydney Retro Speedfest by John Gale, who has enjoyed success on the track since acquiring the stunning racecar in 2009.
Also featured will be the fearsome Benetton B186 driven by Gerhard Berger in six Grands Prix in 1986. Powered by a turbocharged BMW engine which reportedly produced 1500 horsepower on full boost, current owner Les Wright will opt for a more conservative boost delivering a mere 800 horses…
Other legendary marques include Arrows, Ferrari, March, Spirit-Honda and Tyrrell.
The Retro Speedfest will showcase a feast of racing, with the best of classic touring cars, historic sedans, production sports cars, open-wheel and pedigree sports racers, and formula fords and vees, with 28 races including trophy feature races over the two-day weekend.
Early-bird ticket pricing is now available: call the ARDC office on (02) 9672 1000 to secure your place in Motorsport history! For more information, please visit www.sydneyretrospeedfest.com or contact email@example.com.