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Surfers Paradise starts taking shape.

The Gold Coast is a step closer to the 2008 Nikon Indy 300 today; after the first step in construction for the street circuit was completed ahead of the October race.

Nikon Indy 300 Event Director David Bennett was joined on the Gold Coast Highway by reigning Bartercard Miss Indy Kate Hockly as the first pedestrian bridge was put in place near Tedder Avenue, with the focus ahead of the event being on accommodating for the changing needs of the IndyCar series.

“We are continually looking for ways to improve our motorsport precinct design to keep its working as efficiently as possible, and that process has continued this year,” Bennett said. “With 24 cars coming here from the IndyCar Series, nine more than we have had in recent years, that has required some changes such as more pit bays and team sheds for instance, so that has been a challenge for the design.

“We are now happy with how we have been able to accommodate the series; however the racers aren't the only ones for who changes have been made.

“The spectators certainly haven't been forgotten with a new addition to the precinct for them – the XXXX Gold Retreat will feature on drivers' right at the exit from turn two.

“The Retreat has been a big hit with fans at V8 Supercar rounds across the country so far this year, so everyone here at the Nikon Indy 300 is very excited about giving our spectators the chance to get on board.”

Amongst the things to be put in place ahead of the race are over 2,500 concrete barriers, 100km of cabling and nine pedestrian bridges.

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