LIFE IN THE PITS ‘ A DREAM JOB’
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.”