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Red Bull V8 Supercar v stunt plane | video

In the lead-up to this weekend's Gold Coast 600 V8 Supercars round, Red Bull has put the tourist destination's famous beach to far better use than working on a cancer-incipient tan.

They've sent their star driver Jamie Whincup -- who could pick up his fifth V8 Supercar championship this year -- out for some sand training against an aerobatic stunt plane.


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And it's a close race. Very close... with the plane's deft pilot Joel Haski buzzing Whincup's V8 Supercar near enough to drift smoke across the roof.

The V8 Holden wouldn't be your first choice for beach driving, and Whincup shows some spectacular skills in trying to keep it on the line in the slippery sand. Still, all good practice for the GC600 -- the first of the year's three final rounds in which he'll be looking for points to add a fifth crown.


Watch the Red Bull V8 Supercar v stunt plane video here.


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