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July 5, 2012
LEUT Andrew Ragless
THE Ford Performance Racing (FPR)
team thrilled Navy personnel and bright-
ened the day of locals while in Darwin
for the V8 Supercar championship at
Hidden Valley in June.
Navy then repaid the favour when
FPR drivers Will Davison and Mark
Winterbottom swapped their high-per-
formance cars for a Zodiac in a visit
to Darwin's patrol boat base HMAS
Coonawarra on June 13.
The visit included an autograph sign-
ing for kids from Coonawarra's adopted
family, cancer charity Camp Quality.
Winterbottom, driver of car 5 Orrcon
Steel, said the jet-powered RHIB was
different to what he was used to.
"I wish my ski boat handled like
that," he said. "They stop and turn on a
dime and you generally don't expect that
from something that floats."
Davison, driver of car 6 Tradingpost
FPR Falcon, said the 30-minute trip
wasn't long enough.
"I'd love another hour on the water
just to build my confidence and see what
the boat can do," he said.
Having the Camp Quality kids on
base also made the visit extra special for
"The track gets pretty busy and I am
delighted we had some quality time with
them," Davison said.
LSCIS Renee Cox won a hot lap
in David Reynolds FPR V8 Supercar
on June 18 in a charity raffle hosted by
"It was absolutely awesome," she said.
"It was almost like being in a simula-
tor or game except the bumps were real
and they really hit hard. I'm glad I had
LSCIS Cox thought the car reached
speeds of up to 280km/h on the main
straight of the circuit but she couldn't
tell for sure.
"They stripped the car of everything
that wasn't vital so it could go faster,
including the speedo," she said.
"Then they bolted the passenger seat
in, which took about 20 minutes.
"We did two laps and it just felt
LSPT Corinne Williams and LSWTR
Kathryn Morris were among the first
'drivers' to take the wheel in Team
Navy's V8 Supercar simulator at Hidden
They took a fast lap around the virtu-
al Bathurst 1000 circuit under the watch-
ful eye of V8 driver Chaz Mostert.
"You can see why I drive a Swift,"
LSWTR Morris said. "I wasn't quite
used to the power of a supercharged V8."
Mostert said the simulator would
whet the appetites of motorsport fans.
"With outstanding graphics and the
seat's high-tech motion, drivers will feel
every bump and curve," he said.
LSPT Williams said she wanted one
faster in this," she said.
Last year, Navy announced a five-
year partnership with FPR, which gives
two marine technical sailors the opportu-
nity to embed in the FPR team and work
as mechanics for Team Navy, every year,
until the end of 2016.
POMT Clint MacGregor and LSMT
Ashley Schmidt are the current members
of the outplacement program.
"They're very much part of the team
and the work they do is integral to our
success," Winterbottom said.
"As a high-performance racing team,
what we do is quite specialised and quite
"We share a synergy with Navy like
that, and although the cars and boats are
vastly different, the boys have brought
their dedication and discipline to the
team and their work ethos is fantastic."
LSMT Schmidt said participating in
the program was the opportunity of a
"We're learning all the time, but the
drivers seem to be just as interested in
what we do in Navy as we are in them."
V8 champs roar in Darwin
START YOUR ENGINES: LSCIS Renee Cox, of HMAS Coonawarra, with V8
Supercar driver David Reynolds, before going on the ride of a lifetime at the
Hidden Valley track, Darwin.
Photo: LAC David Cotton
SUPER VISIT: Years 5 and 6 students from Humpty Doo Primary
School join V8 Supercar driver Chaz Mostert and sailors from
HMAS Coonawarra at the Navy display at Hidden Valley raceway.
Inset, LSMT Ashley Schmidt on the track.
Photos: LAC David Cotton and LEUT Andrew Ragless
3, 2, 1, GO!: CO HMAS Coonawarra CMDR Ben Favelle accepts a race
challenge by ABWTR Gabrielle Foote in Team Navy's V8 Supercar simulator
at HMAS Coonawarra.
Photo: ABIS James Whittle
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