Gold Coast 600 Internationals rev up world motorsport

The gloves will be off around the streets of Surfers Paradise for the Armor All Gold Coast 600 across October 21-23 if weekend performances by three of the race's international participants - Will Power, Boris Said and Tony Kanaan - are any indication.  All three have been in the spotlight and putting them on the 2.96 kilometre Surfers Paradise concrete canyon with 25 other internationals and Australia's 28 V8 Supercars Championship aspirants makes for a tantalising prospect.  The V8 Supercars drivers will be back in action after a short break this weekend at the Coates Hire Ipswich 300, as the buildup to the Armor All Gold Coast 600 intensifies.  Toowoomba's Power - who will partner Mark Winterbottom in the #5 Orrcon Steel FPR Falcon - received worldwide coverage after his uncharacteristic outburst towards IZOD IndyCar Series officials.  "I was begging him (IZOD IndyCar Series President of Competition, Brian Barnhart) not to go green - it was too slippery," said Power straight after the incident, which saw him make his now infamous gesture towards race control.  "He (Barnhart) makes such bad calls all the time. This has got to be it. They can't have this guy running the show because that was a decision that put a lot of drivers in danger. It was no condition to race in - shame on him."  Nevertheless, Power was almost outdone by Boris Said - who has threatened to visit fellow NASCAR driver - Greg Biffle's house - and not for dinner and a XXXX Gold:  "He (Biffle) is the most unprofessional little scaredy cat, if someone texts me his address, I'll go over to his house and show him what he really needs," exclaimed Said on live television. "He needs a whoopin' and I'm going to give it to him."  Said - who will partner 2010 Armor All Gold Coast 600 winner, Steve Owen in the Paul Morris Motorsport VIP Petfoods machine - was restrained by Biffle's crew after getting out of his car at Watkins Glen, then further labelled the 41-year-old a 'chump' and promised to find him off-track.  The outburst came after an astonishing race at Watkins Glen - won by double V8 Supercar Champion, Marcos Ambrose.  Brazillian racer, Tony Kanaan - who will partner Jason Bargwanna in the #14 Jana Living Commodore at the Armor All Gold Coast 600 - also got involved in a controversial accident across the weekend, coming together with Tomas Scheckter and Marco Andretti, ultimately rolling his IndyCar.  Kanaan became embroiled in a Twitter argument with fans and Scheckter, whilst Andretti declined to become involved.  "To see this level of passion from racers around the world - and especially those that will form a major part of the Armor All Gold Coast 600 in October is exciting," said V8 Supercars Chairman, Tony Cochrane. "They wear their heart on their sleeve and that is what V8 Supercars is all about.  "When you add them into the mix for the Armor All Gold Coast 600 with Australia's best V8 Supercars drivers and those from other categories, including no less than seven drivers with Formula 1 race experience - I can guarantee there will be awesome in every moment come October 21-23!"  With the Armor All Gold Coast 600 concluding the 2011 V8 Supercars Season of Endurance - and this year already proving to be one of the closest Championships in history - tensions among all 28 V8 Supercar racers will be at an all time high.  The addition of the 28 internationals - many of them sharing frustrations like those of Said, Power and Kanaan - will ensure the gloves are off on the streets of Surfers, October 21-23.  Aside from the on-track battles, the Rock 'N' Race format returns with the 600 Sounds concert series at the Broadwater Parklands, headlined by legendary Scottish band, Simple Minds on the Saturday night.  Three-day tickets for the 21st annual Gold Coast party start at just $136 and are available now through ticketek.com or by calling 132 849.  This weekend, the build-up towards the Armor All Gold Coast 600 resumes as the V8 Supercars are back on track at Queensland Raceway for the Coates Hire Ipswich 300 after a short winter's break.