MIR­A­CLE MINGAY BACK ON TRACK

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Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - CHRIS MCMA­HON

THIS time last year Matt Mingay was ly­ing on a hos­pi­tal bed in Detroit, re­cov­er­ing from a hor­rific crash that briefly stopped his heart be­fore he was re­vived on the track. Dy­ing on that race­track in Detroit hasn’t dimmed the Townsville- born stunt driver’s love of mo­tor­sport or his will to com­pete again. He spent three days in a coma and was in hos­pi­tal for 13 weeks. A year on, Mingay is back in Townsville with his beloved Hot Wheels team and his re­cov­ery is com­ing along well. “I’m feel­ing great ... I’ve got no bot­tom teeth at the mo­ment – that’s why I talk weird – but I’m great,” Mingay said. “I get those bot­tom teeth in four weeks, which means I can eat a steak, which is bril­liant. It’s so good to be back and on my feet. It is so good to have all the lo­cals, fans and friends come and say hello.

“This will be my third or fourth event. I was very dis­ap­pointed to miss out on Townsville last year.

“The team is look­ing awe­some and we’ve got the best en­ter­tain­ment team in Aus­tralia, bar none.”

Pic­ture: ZAK SIM­MONDS

BIG THUMBS UP: Kir­wan’s Juan Pala­cios and 5- year- old daugh­ter Bianca at the track for the prac­tice ses­sion yes­ter­day.

Matt Mingay.

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