Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - DANNI SHAFIK

JUST a hug is all five- year- old Liam Chap­man wanted from his hero Craig Lown­des at the Townsville 400 yes­ter­day.

Liam’s mother Sonya said he didn’t want an au­to­graph, just a cud­dle.

“We come ev­ery year, and he never wants an au­to­graph. Lown­des is his one and only,” she said.

Liam said he al­ways got lots of cud­dles from Lown­des and that he was look­ing for­ward to re­turn­ing through­out the event. “I’ll have more cud­dles in the morn­ing,” he said. Liam was quick to meet his favourites, and had al­ready vis­ited Betty Kli­menko, owner of Ere­bus Mo­tor­sport, who in­vited him to watch TV in her trans­porter to­day.

Liam and his mum, Sonya Chap­man, travel ev­ery year from Ma­reeba.

Sonya’s hus­band and daugh­ter vol­un­teer at the event which sees them stay in Townsville for all three days.

“They work and then they get to come in and have a look around. It works well,” Sonya said.

Liam and Sonya are cheer­ing for Lown­des to win this year.

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