BILO BOY RACES TO THE TOP

Central Telegraph - - FRONT PAGE - An­drew Thorpe an­drew.thorpe@ news­re­gional­me­dia.com.au

The TV doesn’t show when you’re there all night fix­ing the car and we’ve def­i­nitely had to do that for sure. — Kris Goos

MO­TOR RAC­ING: Kris Goos is work­ing hard to stay at the top of the sport he loves.

The Biloela born and raised me­chanic is the work­shop man­ager for Triple Eight Race En­gi­neer­ing, home to Red Bull Holden Rac­ing, the top team com­pet­ing in the Vir­gin Aus­tralia Su­per­cars Cham­pi­onship.

This year he has also taken on the role of crew chief, in charge of keep­ing things run­ning smoothly on the track.

“The game is chang­ing day by day and the com­pe­ti­tion is ris­ing,” Kris told the Cen­tral Tele­graph.

“It’s easy to look in and think it’s all cham­pagne and tro­phies, but there’s a lot of hard yakka.

“Un­for­tu­nately the TV doesn’t show when you’re there all night fix­ing the car and we’ve def­i­nitely had to do that for sure.”

The team has started the 2017 sea­son in top form, with Com­modore driver Shane van Gis­ber­gen kick­ing off his ti­tle de­fence in pole po­si­tion and first-place fin­ishes in both races at the Clip­sal 500 sea­son opener in Ade­laide last week­end.

Van Gis­ber­gen and Red Bull team­mate Jamie Whin­cup fin­ished in first and sec­ond places re­spec­tively in last year’s cham­pi­onship, with fel­low Triple Eight Race En­gi­neer­ing work­shop driver Craig Lown­des (rac­ing un­der the TeamVor­tex ban­ner) com­ing a close fourth.

“It’s been a mega year for the lads,” Kris said.

“We’re ded­i­cated to the cause, mov­ing for­ward with new de­vel­op­ments, just chip­ping away to be at the top.

“We’ll do what’s needed to stay at the front – if the car starts to go slow, we’re all look­ing for new jobs.”

Kris de­vel­oped a love for en­gines grow­ing up at the fam­ily home in Biloela. a grain crop and herb farm on Valen­tine Plains Rd.

“At the end of the day, farm­ing just wasn’t the right thing for me,” he said.

“Mainly grow­ing up it was dirt bikes. My brother and I did mo­tocross up at Stoney Ridge.

“I’d al­ways been around dirt bikes and then slowly got into rac­ing cars out at the drag strip at Be­naraby.”

He got his first job as an ap­pren­tice me­chanic at Reef City Ford, where he de­cided to do ev­ery­thing he could to achieve his goal of work­ing with race cars, even­tu­ally leav­ing town at the end of 2003 af­ter land­ing a spot on a V8 Su­per­car de­vel­op­ment se­ries team.

“I just did what I could to get my foot in the door some­where,” he said.

“I didn’t work there for that long be­cause I’d spo­ken to mul­ti­ple peo­ple try­ing to get my foot in the door.

“One of the level one teams soon picked me up and I started at Larkham Mo­tor Sport in mid-2004.”

From Larkham, he moved from team to team, build­ing a name for him­self.

At one point he worked for Dick John­son Rac­ing, be­fore end­ing up at Triple Eight Race En­gi­neer­ing as the num­ber one me­chanic for Team Voda­fone driver Jamie Whin­cup in 2011.

A name change to Red Bull Holden Rac­ing Team and a three-year ex­clu­sive fac­tory sup­port deal with Holden at the end of last year led the team to where it is to­day.

“It was a mega de­ci­sion for us which re­ally shook up the his­tory of the sport. For Holden to change their fac­tory back­ing ex­clu­sively to us was a mas­sive deal,” Kris said.

“It’s been re­ally good to be in­volved with like-minded peo­ple who are happy to go that ex­tra mile to win.”

The team’s next stop is the For­mula 1 Grand Prix in Mel­bourne from March 23–26, be­fore the sec­ond round of the Su­per­cars cham­pi­onship in Tas­ma­nia on April 8–9.

PHOTO: VUE IMAG­INES 2017

CHAMP: Shane van Gis­ber­gen pulls out dur­ing the Vir­gin Aus­tralia Su­per­cars Cham­pi­onship Test Day at Syd­ney Motorsport Park on March 3.

PHOTO: VUE IM­AGES 2017

FO­CUSED: Kris Goos.

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