Vol­un­teer Sandy’s best seat in house

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - DOMANII CAMERON

FOR 25 years, Su­per­cars team of­fi­cial Sandy Gold­ing has been watch­ing over the track in a bid to keep the driv­ers safe.

And the rac­ing vet­eran be­lieves it hap­pens to be the best seat in the house.

The Townsville res­i­dent has vol­un­teered to stand track­side and mon­i­tor the races for eight years at Townsville’s event. “I’m a revhead,” she said. “It’s al­ways been dif­fer­ent ev­ery year I’ve done it.”

Ms Gold­ing said while she was bi­ased to­wards her home track, Bathurst was the “pin­na­cle”.

Fel­low vol­un­teer and Cairns res­i­dent Jim Cav­ill has given his time for all nine of Townsville’s events af­ter fall­ing in love with mo­tor­sport as a teenager.

“I started 45 years ago when I was 13,” he said. “I’ve al­ways been a vol­un­teer.

“I’ve done all but two of the For­mula 1 Grand Prix.

“It’s the clos­est you can get to the cars with­out ac­tu­ally driv­ing them.

“It’s bet­ter than grand­stand tick­ets.”

Brisbane res­i­dent David Mor­ris said he had also been vol­un­teer­ing as a team of­fi­cial for 25 years.

“I’ve done ev­ery one here, which is nine,” he said.

“We stand in the same spot and help with the safety.

“I just love com­ing to Townsville.”

Mr Mor­ris said the team of­fi­cials were on alert for some big crashes this week­end.

“As long as the driv­ers are safe, we don’t mind a bit of biff­ing and baffing,” he said.

Pic­ture: EVAN MOR­GAN

REVHEAD PAR­ADISE: Su­per­cars track mar­shalls Jim Carvill, Sandy Gold­ing and David Mor­ris.

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