MINISTER SIGNS OFF IN BRAND NEW PORSCHE RACE CAR The Honourable Tom Barton completed his final act as Queensland Minister for Employment, Training and Industrial Relations and Minister for Sport at Queensland Raceway yesterday, reaching...
MINISTER SIGNS OFF IN BRAND NEW PORSCHE RACE CAR
The Honourable Tom Barton completed his final act as Queensland Minister for Employment, Training and Industrial Relations and Minister for Sport at Queensland Raceway yesterday, reaching speeds close to 250kph in a brand new Porsche race car as part of the GT3 Cup Experience program.
While he was passenger to Queensland-based Carrera Cup racer Craig Baird, Mr Barton was given the ride of his life in a 997-type Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car -- the same vehicle that competes in the Wright Patton Shakespeare Carrera Cup.
Mr Barton officially retired as a Cabinet Minister at 12 noon yesterday, while he was enjoying one of his five laps around the Queensland Raceway circuit. At the same time, three of his former parliamentary colleagues were being sworn in at Government House to take over his portfolios.
Mr Barton was guest of Cup Car Australia which manages the Wright Patton Shakespeare Carrera Cup as well as the GT3 Cup Experience program.
"While my colleagues were being sworn in at Government House, I was enjoying myself in a brand new Porsche doing its first ever laps at Queensland Raceway," said Mr Barton.
"Being a Cabinet Minister was great, but it was a lot more fun sitting in a Porsche.
"It was an incredible experience - Craig Baird is very professional and very fast. We did around five laps, and the experience got better and better as it went on.
"Having been in a few V8 Supercars, what amazed me was the equivalent levels of grip and performance of the 997 Porsche. To me the Porsche seemed to be accelerating, braking and cornering as hard as a V8 Supercar."
Mr Barton witnessed one of the GT3 Cup Experience Driver Training Days, which puts six students through an intensive one day course with two instructors and two engineers.
The high intensity of this program helps the students to improve their race driving consistency and techniques through the day with one-on-one instruction and data analysis with the engineers.
The next round of the Wright Patton Shakespeare Carrera Cup is the Super Cheap Auto 1000 at Bathurst from October 5 to 8.