Jason Bargwanna is ready to take on Holden rival Paul Morris in a V8 Supercar duel around Mount Panorama after the engine for the Team Australia Champ Car failed to be delivered to the WPS Bathurst Motorsport Festival from the United States in time. Stepping in to cover the cancelled Champ Car demonstration laps, Morris will be driving a V8 Superschool Holden against Bargwanna in a WPS Ford around the 6.213 kilometre circuit.
WPS Racingâ€™s Director of Motorsport, Shane Gore, was disappointed with the engine no-show, however assured fans that the Team Australia car will tear around Bathurst in 2007. â€œItâ€™s with much disappointment that we have been forced to withdraw the Champ Car from completing the much anticipated demonstration this weekend,â€ said Gore.
â€œThere was an issue with the engine which required it to be shipped back to America several weeks ago and it was planned for the engine to arrive back in Sydney this week before being fitted by the engineers yesterday. â€œUnfortunately there has been a delay in the shipping and we havenâ€™t been able to get it here in time. â€œI personally apologise for the Champ Car not being in action this weekend but the Champ Car will be at the Festival next year with the aim of lowering the current lap record.â€
The Festival Director James Oâ€™Brien promised fans a suitable replacement for the Team Australia demonstration with the substitute V8 Supercar showdown between Morris and Bargwanna. â€œUntil early yesterday there was still hope that the engine would arrive in Bathurst in the nick of time to be fitted but unfortunately it hasnâ€™t,â€ said Oâ€™Brien.
â€œWhile it may be a little disappointing not to see the Champ Car race around Mount Panorama this weekend it has been replaced by a demonstration between two of the biggest names in V8 Supercar racing, which will be a great spectacle for the fans.â€ Morris and Bargwanna will fight it out around the Mount Panorama track supporting the V8 Utes, Australian GT championship, Aussie Race Cars and Historic Tourers.
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