Cow­boys lap up the ex­cite­ment

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - TRENT SLATTER trent. slatter@ news. com. au

THE North Queens­land Cow­boys will not be tak­ing things slowly dur­ing their bye week­end as they suit up for some high- oc­tane thrills at the Townsville 400.

Cow­boys stars Kyle Feldt, Ethan Lowe, and An­to­nio Win­ter­stein, coach Paul Green, and for­mer player Glenn Hall will all be treated to a hot lap ex­pe­ri­ence in the Toyota 86s.

They’ll tear around the Reid Park street cir­cuit at speeds of more than 190km/ h, with ex­pe­ri­enced rally driv­ers Neal and Harry Bates do­ing their best to get the adrenalin pump­ing.

Green had the chance to ex­pe­ri­ence a hot lap with Su­per­cars driver Will Dav­i­son last year and he joked that he would ask the Toyota 86 driv­ers to take things a lit­tle eas­ier with his star play­ers.

“I’ve told the driv­ers to stick to the speed limit, just for safety rea­sons, but I don’t know how much they’ll lis­ten to me,” Green said.

“There’s no brake pedal in front of your side, that’s the only down­side.

“Ev­ery time you come to a cor­ner, you’re look­ing for the brake, but it’s re­ally ex­cit­ing.

“I’ve told them to just hang on. It’s a bit of an adrenalin rush, so the boys are pretty ex­cited about it.”

Neal Bates is a four- time Aus­tralian Rally cham­pion while his son Harry leads the se­ries and the duo said they were de­ter­mined to show the rugby league stars what it was like be­hind the wheel of a rac­ing car.

“If I got on the foot­ball field with them, then I’d be scared spit­less,” Neal said.

“Even though they’re big, tough men they will prob­a­bly feel the same with us.”

Harry added: “For sure, we’ll be go­ing as fast as we can and try to put on the best show we can for them.

“I’m sure they’ve been around here be­fore and know the road, but they’ll just be go­ing around that road a lit­tle bit faster.”

It’s the first time the Toyota 86 Rac­ing Se­ries will come to Townsville, with two spe­cial Cow­boys- branded cars to help mark the oc­ca­sion.

The Cow­boys don’t of­ten have the chance to en­joy the Townsville 400, but with no foot­ball com­mit­ments this week­end, Green said they were keen to get be­hind the event.

“It’s per­fect tim­ing for us with the week­end off. We’re hav­ing a bit of a break, so we’re re­ally ex­cited to get out and have a look at how the cars get around there,” Green said.

“It should be a good week­end for Townsville. It’s a great event up here and I’m glad we can get be­hind it.”

FAST FRIENDS: North Queens­land Cow­boys coach Paul Green with fa­ther and son team from the Toyota 86 rac­ing se­ries Harry and Neal Bates. Pic­ture: ZAK SIM­MONDS

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