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NAV­I­GAT­ING the Townsville 400 track in a “he­li­copter” proved dif­fi­cult for V8 Su­per­cars driver Lee Holdsworth.

“They ( the army) let me have a go in a he­li­copter flight sim­u­la­tor,” the 32- year- old Walkin­shaw Rac­ing driver said. “I tried to do a lap of the track in the sim­u­la­tor but I missed the apexes by a mile. Af­ter that I think I would rather be in the car on the


Holdsworth toured RAAF Base Townsville on Wed­nes­day, and got up- close- and- per­sonal with Chi­nooks and the new MRH90 he­li­copters.

A lone Chi­nook will take to the skies over Reid Park with three fly­overs sched­uled for the Townsville 400. The first will be at 10.38am to­day, the sec­ond at 1pm to­mor­row and the third at 10.28am on Sun­day.

Army Cap­tain Tye Master­son will be in charge of the fly­over to­day and to­mor­row. He said his Chi­nook was

of­ten the sub­ject of jokes, with some re­fer­ring to it as an “egg­beater” or say­ing the he­li­copter was “so ugly the ground re­pels it”.

“But I love it. The noise, the size. They are al­ways im­pres­sive to see,” Capt Master­son said. “We will be fly­ing down pit lane and then do­ing a bit of a loop of the track.”

Ma­jor An­drew Mitchell said it had been a few years since the Chi­nooks had par­tic­i­pated in the V8s event due to de­ploy­ments. “It is good to show the Townsville com­mu­nity what we have got but it’s also good fun for the crews,” he said.


TOUR: V8 Su­per­cars driver Lee Holdsworth ( front) with ( from left) Cap­tain Charles Ford, Cor­po­ral Todd Ro­bi­son and WO2 David Han­ney.

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