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Miss V8 Supercars entrant knows her cars

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    Miss V8 Supercar contestants Sara Elemam, Britta Warn (centre), Karenna Andrews. Picture: Regina King Photo Gallery

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Sydney Miss V8 Supercars entrant the brains behind an innovative seating and storage system.

galleryShe may be eyeing off the Miss V8 Supercars crown but Britta Warn is not just a pretty face. She also knows a thing or two about cars. The 24-year-old Cammeray resident has an honours degree in industrial design and is the brains behind the "san.s Seating System"- a sit, store and secure front seating system to maximise the interior space of light vehicles.

"It's ironic my two passions - design and fitness - have collided," Ms Warn said. "My automotive knowledge should come in handy when I'm quizzed on V8s as part of the Supercars competition." Ms Warn fell into beauty pageants a year ago after vowing to start a health kick through winter to avoid putting on weight.

She hired a trainer, changed her diet and entered the Miss Snow Bunny winter model search. "I thought, the only way I'm going to force myself to get bikini ready is to enter a competition where I have to wear a bikini," she said.

Describing herself as "naturally curvy", Ms Warn said her new regime of weight training and watching calorie intake saw her drop kilos and change her body shape. "I now have abs, which is bizarre."

While there might be negative stereotypes about 'grid girls' being 'airheads' and 'self-obessed', Ms Warn said pageants also required entrants to showcase a wide range of skills, including the ability to be articulate, confident and creative.

And far from encouraging young women to be superficial, Ms Warn said competitions were "grounding" because they taught girls how to be gracious in defeat. "I can now deal with criticism in other aspects of my life much better," she said.

"I always get nervous before walking out on the catwalk but its challening and confidence-boosting." Twenty women from across Australia and New Zealand are vying for the Miss V8 Supercars crown at the Armor All Gold Coast 600 this weekend.


● 20 beauties from across Australia and New Zealand are vying for the Miss V8 Supercars model crown at the ARMOR ALL Gold Coast 600 this week.

● Finalists will be judged on their photographic performance, interviews, sportswear and bikini wear before the winner is named on Friday 26 October.

● In the past year, Ms Warn has been named a national finalist in the Miss Snow Bunny and Miss Bondi pageants and was chosen for a Maxim Magazine calendar shoot.

Watch the Miss V8 Supercars video here.

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  • "My automotive knowledge should come in handy when I'm quizzed on V8s as part of the Supercars competition." Yes, i'm sure that the crowd would love to know which car is your favourite, based upon your engineering expertise and in-depth knowledge of aerodynamics and expertise in design. Now jump up and down for a bit and then turn around for the crowd...

    Bazza Posted on 06 November 2013 4:09pm
  • Where Anti Pervert? properly she not showing yet. But more will come

    Joe Lovestick Posted on 30 October 2013 6:40pm
  • Really. Can we drop the whole grid girl thing? I find that your average motorsport fan isn't remotely interested in them (we want the cars - there are strip clubs for the other stuff) and it is demeaning to have to try to continue to explain to your significant other that this is in fact a serious sport when there are dolly birds prancing around.

    PeterH of Burleigh Heads Posted on 29 October 2013 1:07pm
  • awesome . the whole perfect package ;p)

    feed mymind of East Universe Posted on 29 October 2013 8:40am
  • Given its Ms. V8 Supercars... maybe they should do some racing as part of the competition?

    Anthony Park of Australia Posted on 28 October 2013 3:19pm
  • She wouldnt even get into the semi finals in the Townsville "beautiful bum"competition.

    bronco bullfrog of belgian gardens, townsville. Posted on 28 October 2013 12:22pm
  • Super sexy girls, should have become a photographer ...

    John Thompson Posted on 26 October 2013 3:30pm
  • I don't have problem with this so trust me. I know girls would always love men & their cars. Those girls are hot.

    Kirk Mosslock Posted on 25 October 2013 5:54pm
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