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KAI Matthe­sius has chang­ing a tyre on a V8 Su­per­car down to a four- sec­ond fine art.

The Nis­san Nismo me­chanic has been trav­el­ling with the team for a year and a half.

And while he’s con­fi­dent ser­vic­ing a car, he said work­ing in the pits did not get any less stress­ful with time.

“It comes like a bare chas­sis then we do the fi­nal assem­bly, but it’s not as easy as you think,” he said.

Mr Matthe­sius said it took many hours to pre­pare the cars.

“The most nerve- rack­ing part is be­ing in the pit crew,” he said.

“I think, by my­self, it’s about four sec­onds per tyre.”

The me­chanic said ide­ally sus­pen­sion, tyres and a whole raft of other parts of the cars should change with ev­ery track.

“We will go back and forth ( with car parts) across the week­end,” he said. “This track is quite hard, be­ing a street cir­cuit. There’s no real room for er­ror.

“I do like Townsville, I like the weather and the peo­ple here.

“It’s a bit of a dream job re­ally.”

Me­chanic Kai Matthe­sius works on Todd Kelly's car in pit lane.

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