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Top Gear burns rubber on Abigroup road

The popular series used Australian engineering and contracting company Abigroup’s two-lane segment of Pacific Highway in New South Wales to test-drive the 2009 model Nissan GTR.Abigroup’s section of highway, running from Karuah to Bulahdelah, was opened to the public on October 31, and is the first of many project stages, according to the company.After test-driving the Nissan, nicknamed Godzilla, Top Gear presenters remarked on the “smoothness” of the concrete road, with the series producer Lour Dimovitch telling the company the portion of road was the “best the series has experienced”, Abigroup said.“The flat concrete is God’s gift to race cars. Forget Hoover Dam, this is now one of the new engineering wonders of the world,” Top Gear presenter Steve Pizzati said.NSW Roads and Traffic Authority major infrastructure director Brian Watters said the company maintained high standards in safety, quality and environmental performance throughout the highway’s construction.According to the company, the upgraded highway includes five twin bridges, two twin arches and signals the completion of the first stage.“The new section will carry a significant amount of inter-regional traffic in an effort to reduce freight transport costs, average travel times and accidents and fatalities,” Abigroup said.The NSW and federal governments have jointly funded the highway enhancement as part of the $2.2 billion Pacific Highway upgrade program improving road conditions, safety and travel times.