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Decina Racing introduces newest Queensland captain with a Roar Queensland's newest national sporting team the Roar have joined forces with V8 Supercar team Decina Racing to announce Chad Gibson as its captain for the inaugural campaign in ...

Decina Racing introduces newest Queensland captain with a Roar

Queensland's newest national sporting team the Roar have joined forces with V8 Supercar team Decina Racing to announce Chad Gibson as its captain for the inaugural campaign in the 2005/06 Australia A League Championship.

Decina Racing's Warren Luff ensured that Gibson's first moments as captain of the Queensland soccer team were drowned in the roar of a V8 engine by pushing the limits of his Ford Falcon around Queensland Raceway.

Luff said, after taking the new captain for a few 'hot laps', that he hoped the experience will help steer Gibson and the Roar to victory this coming Saturday against Sydney FC in the first round of the Australian Club Championships.

"It's always a great opportunity to meet other athletes and having the entire Queensland Roar squad down here to see what we do to prepare for a race is fantastic," said Luff.

"Getting Chad into the car and showing him what the Decina BA is capable of was a lot of fun and hopefully we've kicked his and the Queensland Roar's campaign for 2005-2006 off in an exciting and memorable fashion.

"To be picked to captain your team would be a great honour, but being picked to captain the Queensland team for a national competition, and carry the hopes of all football fans up here, is fantastic for Chad."

The Roar kept very tight lipped about the captaincy of the club, with it becoming quite a talking point amongst the nation's football community. It was so secret in fact the club itself did not find out who would be its inaugural captain until Roar coach Miron Bleberg returned from Sydney at the weekend.

Gibson, who is more accustomed to driving balls into the back of the net, as opposed to 250kmh around a race track, enjoyed the experience and hopes the momentum he found while in the Decina racer, will keep going into the Club Championships this weekend and beyond to the A League inaugural season.

"I am very honoured to have been picked to lead the Queensland Roar into its first season and as a team we believe that we can surprise a lot of people in the coming club championship," said Gibson.

"The club has worked very hard to get to this point and with the dawn of the new Australian competition just a few months away it is an exciting time for football in Australia."

Decina Racing and Luff's next hit out will be at Wakefield Park, NSW on May 14 and 15 with the team looking for a stronger result than at the Clipsal 500 in Adelaide when Luff suffered two punctures, one in each race, when challenging for a podium position.

"We had a bit of bad luck in Adelaide but that is behind us now as we look forward to Wakefield," said Luff.

"Even though we suffered two punctures we still managed to salvage some points from the weekend and now we have the rest of the season to build a serious challenge for the championship.

"The car has been rock solid in testing and we have been working toward finding some more pace. Now it will be just a matter of putting it call together in a fortnight at Wakefield."

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