Kit keeps steer­ers cool in hot seat

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - ROHAN O’NEIL

suit, race boots, cool suit if we are us­ing that, gloves, ear plugs, bal­a­clava and hel­met.”

The strict safety re­quire­ments are a given in the ac­tion- packed en­vi­ron­ment of a V8 Su­per­cars race and driv­ers need to have full faith in their pro­tec­tive kit in the event of an ac­ci­dent.

While a top of 26C has been forecast for to­day, Slade said the mer­cury would be ris­ing much higher in the cab­ins of the cars out on track.

“Once the car has been run­ning, the am­bi­ent tem­per­a­ture is rel­a­tively warm and when you jump back in for the next ses­sion it’s def­i­nitely hot,” he said.

“When we are out there in the car rac­ing around, it’s at least 20C hot­ter in­side the cabin com­pared to the am­bi­ent out­side tem­per­a­ture.”

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