Keep contest national
THERE is a break before we race at Darwin because of the unfortunate loss of the Perth round from the calendar.
Our sport needs to be national and not having Western Australia in the calendar is a real shame. I hope they can do something about ensuring we are back there next year. On a personal level, it is a shame because Perth was one of my best results last year.
However, next stop is Darwin a track I love and where I’ve had some great results in past years.
I love the heat and, from what I understand, we are using the sprint tyre there again, but not for the whole meeting as we did at Ipswich and Winton.
We get one set of softs to be used only in Sunday’s race. So it’s back to hard tyres for qualifying and Saturday’s race, and half to two-thirds of Sunday’s race. Should make things interesting. Speaking of interesting, you just can’t help getting caught up in all the hype about State of Origin football. It’s like our Bathurst. It’s the main game of the year.
It’s like Holden versus Ford, only it’s NSW versus Queensland.
There has always been a battle between the two brands and the two states and there always will be.
Though I grew up in Victoria and still have a real passion for AFL, I’ve now been living in Queensland for 13 years and I’ve grown to love rugby league as well and consider myself a Queenslander through and through. So I just hope the Maroons can go on and make it a five-series winning streak. Not only because I’m a Queenslander but also because Billy Slater is a good mate, having done the Rexona Greatest Athlete show with him.
He is the consummate athlete and having competed against him in that show it’s now great to sit back and watch him perform.
Finally, I want to make a plea for people to support the Fatality Free Friday road safety campaign today.
There is no one magic solution to the road toll, but it all helps.For me, the biggest thing is driver education.
We work in a program with Jim Murcott driver training in which we have drive-days. We go out and give people rides in the race car and educate them on braking, vision, seat position, fatigue and more.
For race drivers it’s all just commonsense because we have been driving for so long. But for some people, they have to be shown the correct methods.
My opinion is that people only learn how to get a licence: many never really learn how to drive a car properly.
I get frustrated watching people driving on the streets.
My pet hates are people sitting in the right-hand lane doing 10km/ h under the speed limit, people who don’t indicate when they change lanes and people who stop on merge lanes instead of getting up to the correct speed and merging smoothly.
But the main one is young people who drive from almost the back seat with their seat-back right down.
It’s something to do with peer pressure. But if they observed race drivers they’d see we sit up nice and close so we are in total control of the vehicle.
Bring it on: State of Origin withNSWversus Queensland is like Holden versus Ford. And part of the fun is seeing Billy Slater in action.