Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Racetrack in Lockdown

Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Racetrack in Lockdown

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Candyce Braithwaite


COULD Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond or even James May be in Warwick?

Morgan Park Raceway was abuzz yesterday, but unless your name was on the list getting a sneak peek at the action was a no-go.

It was revealed last week that Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson would be test driving the new Microsoft Xbox-sponsored Triple Eight Race Engineering built V8 Supercar at Morgan Park.

The deal was arranged by racing legend Mark Skaife and was originally meant to take place at the Holden Driving Centre at the Gold Coast.

While Top Gear publicity officers tried to steer the Daily News off track, we knew something big was going down when it was rumoured Southern Downs Regional Council had an order for road blocks.

If we were to believe what the BBC publicity officers told us, why would there be a need to lock Morgan Park down tighter than the equine influenza outbreak?

The Daily News had a tip off on Friday that the Top Gear action would be starting at the crack of dawn.

The Daily News headed out into the dark at 5am with hope of getting a glimpse of what was happening.

A plain white race transporter with a single V8 Supercars Australia logo on the back door sat behind the locked gates of Morgan Park raceway.

As the morning grew brighter the Daily News was asked to leave the property when the gates were opened and many cars trailed in locking the gates behind them.

Southern Downs Regional Council workers started putting up road blocks at 7am just near the entry to the polocrosse fields.

Fans hoping to get a closer look from Kenilworth St were stopped in their tracks by a police officer and council workers making sure no-one made a dash to get closer to the track.

With all hope lost of getting into the track the Daily News took to the sky to get a bird's eye view of the action.

From above Daily News correspondent John Towells and pilot Peter Lindores circled the track and grabbed some exclusive images. …

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