Bathurst blitz with Lown­des is unreal

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CRAIG Lown­des made me car­sick this week in a three­lap race at Bathurst. And we weren’t even in a car. Lown­des beat Greg Mur­phy to the flag and set the quick­est lap with me along­side, but he didn’t have to go any­where near Mt Panorama for his lat­est Bathurst win.

In­stead, we were strapped in a V8 Su­per­car sim­u­la­tor at Dream­world on the Gold Coast, the new­est ride there and one that does a great job of putting you in­side a V8 Su­per­car.

‘‘This is great fun. It’s not real, but it gives you an idea of what it’s like,’’ Lown­des says.

The V8 Su­per­cars Red­line ride has four cars, and an­other 21 vir­tual cars in­side the com­puter sim­u­la­tor, with ev­ery­thing from a re­al­is­tic V8 en­gine note to steer­ing-wheel vi­bra­tions.

Driv­ing the Red­line ride costs $10 and a passenger-car ride an ex­tra $5. It’s prob­a­bly worth spending a lit­tle ex­tra on a pa­per bag if you are along­side some­one who at­tacks like Lown­des.

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