Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - CHRIS MCMA­HON chris. mcma­hon@ news. com. au

RACE leg­end Dick John­son has de­clared the Townsville 400 one of the best tracks on the Su­per­car cir­cuit.

The mo­tor­sport guru be­lieves the hy­brid track, mix­ing street and pur­pose- built track makes for an ex­cit­ing race.

John­son said Reid Park was a real chal­lenge for driv­ers but also of­fered plenty of op­por­tu­ni­ties for pass­ing, which made it ex­cit­ing for fans.

“It’s al­ways a great event. Cer­tainly over the last few years it plateaued, but I think this year, it’s re­ally, picked up,” he said.

“The weather up here is per­fect … the race­track it­self is a real chal­lenge. I think it’s one of the su­pe­rior tracks that we race on.” re­ally

He said the Shell V- Power team was look­ing good this year and he was ex­pect­ing big things from the team over the week­end.

“The cars are work­ing pretty well and the driv­ers are more than happy with the cars. That in it­self is a big step for­ward,” John­son said. “We’ve done well here in the past and we’ve had some bad days. One would hope this is go­ing to be one of the bet­ter ones.”

Townsville fa­ther and daugh­ter duo and Aussie Rac­ing com­peti­tors Madi­son and Dale Dun­ston have raved about the track.

Madi­son over­took her dad in the early prac­tice. “It was a bit tricky be­cause I hadn’t been on the track be­fore, but I got used to it and had a few quick laps,” Ms Dun­ston said.

“Very happy with how the car went. I’m still ner­vous, but I hope to make it into the top 15.

“I’m start­ing to get more con­fi­dent on the track.”

Mr Dun­ston said he was happy with how ev­ery­thing was go­ing in the team.

“It’s very, very ex­hil­a­rat­ing, what an ex­pe­ri­ence … ev­ery­thing went re­ally well. It’s the first time I’ve been in Aussie Cars. I’ve never driven one, it’s very, very dif­fer­ent.

“Madi­son passed me, that’s OK though … we’ve got no idea what’s go­ing to hap­pen in qual­i­fy­ing.

“The track was awe­some.” DAD- DAUGH­TER DREAM: PAGES 58- 59

Pic­ture: ZAK SIM­MONDS Aussie Rac­ing Cars driver Emma Clark at the track yes­ter­day with chil­dren Si­enna, 5, and Liam, 10.

FAST LEARNER: Alex Rullo, 17, is the youngest Su­per­cars driver.

Dick John­son.

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