Lost in the blur of a thrilling Reid Park hot lap

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - DALE FLETCHER Sports editor

A HOT lap of the Reid Park cir­cuit is cer­tainly not for the faint- hearted.

Af­ter ex­pe­ri­enc­ing the speed of a tour­ing car at the Hid­den Val­ley track in Dar­win last month, the two laps, or 150 sec­onds of breath­tak­ing ac­tion, was sim­ply amaz­ing at the Townsville 400 yesterday.

Rid­ing with Su­percheap Auto Rac­ing’s Tim Slade, the big­gest dif­fer­ence be­tween the Dar­win and Townsville tracks is the con­crete walls. They’re right in your face and boy it must hurt when your kiss them at 260km/ h.

The open­ing straight seemed to be over in a flash, the world goes fuzzy in front of your eyes and all of a sud­den you think you’re about to go through the wind­screen with Slade slam­ming on his brakes.

Slade’s cor­ner­ing was su­perb and the ride of the rip­ple strips at turns three, seven, eight and 11 is a stom­ach- turn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. Luck­ily I held off on lunch be­fore the joy ride. With such a big crowd around the cir­cuit, you don’t no­tice any of the fans as you con­cen­trate on the track. Reid Park could be in the mid­dle of nowhere and you wouldn’t know the dif­fer­ence.

Safety is para­mount and the mea­sures put in place make the ride as en­joy­able as you want it to be I’m ac­tu­ally a fan of the race suit, af­ter I fi­nally got it on.

Sure, there are times through­out the lap you want to close your eyes, but I rec­om­mend you don’t. This is a once- in- al­ife­time ex­pe­ri­ence.

Pic­ture: SCOTT RAD­FORD- CHISHOLM

LET’S GO: Townsville Bul­letin his hot lap yesterday.

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