Ambrose and Besanrd prepare for Perth with "Ride of their Lives" In the lead-up to most rounds of the V8 Supercar Championship Series Marcos Ambrose and David Besnard provide thrills to selected passengers in their Stone Brothers Racing Ford ...
Ambrose and Besanrd prepare for Perth with "Ride of their Lives"
In the lead-up to most rounds of the V8 Supercar Championship Series Marcos Ambrose and David Besnard provide thrills to selected passengers in their Stone Brothers Racing Ford Falcons at speeds up to 280kph.
Today the roles were reversed when they were given the "rides of their lives" in a 1000kph thrill session in a Mig 15 Russian jet fighter on Queensland's Sunshine Coast with forces of up 5.5Gs
As part of the build-up to this weekend's sixth round of the V8 Supercar Championship Series at Barbagallo Raceway in Perth, Ambrose and Besnard swapped their race suits for flight suits and strapped on parachutes "just in case".
The Mig-15 made its debut to the combat scene on November 1 1950, when it entered the Korean War. The plane is basically a 4000-tonne turbine capable of producing 6000lbs of thrust.
Ambrose is the leading Ford driver in this year's championship in his Pirtek Falcon, and is hoping a little of today's speeds rubs off this weekend.
"I thought my Ford had some acceleration, but that was incredible," said Ambrose. "That has to be one of the coolest things I have done. "As great as it was I would swap it for a win over (Mark) Skaife at Barbagallo this weekend."
Besnard, who has made up more ground than any other driver since the completion of the opening round in Adelaide back in March, is looking forward to continuing his recent form at Barbagallo in his Caltex Havoline Ford.
He is not even sure that a win in the West would match the thrill of going for a ride in the Mig-15.
"I guess it is the dream of a lot of people to go for a ride in a jet fighter," said Besnard. "What we did today was just unbelievable, just more exhilarating than you could ever expect. "Sometimes people ask me what I would be doing if I was not racing cars, today I think I found out. "It would be great if I could have a similar feeling after the final race at Barbagallo this weekend."
The pair experienced the ride thanks to the plane's owner and pilot Richard McDonald who has more than 20 years of flying experience in which he has clocked up more than 12,000 hours.
McDonald recently purchased the Mig-15 from Barry Hempell, who imported the aircraft from Poland 10 years ago and stored it at Archerfield in Brisbane.
The plane is now part of a company called Extreme Action Adventure and is available for private flights. Anyone interested can call 1 300 133 908.
Mig-15 Facts & Figures
Base Model - Mig 15
Base Role- Fighter for the USSR
Crew - Pilot - (Pilot and Trainee in the two seater version)
Number of engines- 1
Power-plant- Klimov ZZVK - 1 (Rolls Royce "NENE" clone)
Cruise speed - 845 kph (525mph)
Maximum speed - 1,170kph (700 mph); Mach .91
Height - 3.4m
Wingspan - 10.0m
Gross Weight - 5,111kg
G Force Limits- 8 positive; 5 negative
Thrust - 6,000 lb
Range - 805 km (500mph)
Ceiling - 14,000 m (48,000ft)
V8 SUPERCAR CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES POINTS AFTER 5 ROUNDS
1: Mark Skaife 1384
2: Todd Kelly 725
3: Greg Murphy 702
4: Marcos Ambrose 613
5: Craig Lowndes 598
6: Jason Bright 580
7: Steve Richards 563
8: Garth Tander 459
9: Steve Johnson 411
10: David Besnard 385