Oran Park: David Besnard has unusual warm-up

David Besnard goes back to roots in lead-up to Oran Park. Caltex Havoline Racing's David Besnard has had an unusual warm-up for this weekend's seventh round of the V8 Supercar Championship Series at Sydney's Oran Park Raceway. Born and bred in...

David Besnard goes back to roots in lead-up to Oran Park.

Caltex Havoline Racing's David Besnard has had an unusual warm-up for this weekend's seventh round of the V8 Supercar Championship Series at Sydney's Oran Park Raceway.

Born and bred in Sydney, Besnard decided to return to his old "Stomping Ground" in the Sutherland Shire this week and take on the hill outside his boyhood home in homemade Billy Kart.

One of the real stars of the V8 Supercar Series in recent rounds, Besnard made several brave trips down the hill without any serious damage being caused to himself or the kart.

"Amazingly the hill is as steep as I remember it," said Besnard. "I think today was the first time I have gotten to the bottom without taking any skin off. "Hopefully I will get through Oran Park at the weekend with as little damage."

Besnard sat 27th in the championship after the first round in Adelaide back in March, but has worked his way through the field to sit eighth in the title chase going into this weekend.

In the last round at Barbagallo Raceway in Perth last month, Besnard finished with his best result of the season when he grabbed third outright.

Ironically, Besnard finished with the best result of his V8 Supercar Championship career at Oran Park last year when he finished second outright to Mark Skaife.

Besnard was given a hand down the hill by Castle Hill youngster Mitchell Campbell, who was given a chance to meet one of his racing heroes through the Starlight Foundation.

Mitchell, 10, is a V8 Supercar "nut" and will be heading to Oran Park this weekend to have closer look at Besnard's car and hang out with the Caltex Havoline team.

Caltex is a major supporter of the Starlight Foundation - a non-profit organisation dedicated to brightening the lives of seriously ill children between the ages of four and 18.

"It was great Mitchell could join us today and have a bit of fun," said Besnard. "I know he has met Craig (Lowndes) and Dick (Johnson) before so I guess he is a real Ford fan. "We look forward to showing him around the Caltex Havoline Ford at the weekend."

This weekend's round will include practice, qualifying and a top 10 shootout tomorrow.

Sunday's program will include two 58-lap races, which total around 150kms each with both races being televised on Network Ten.

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Series Supercars
Drivers David Besnard , Mark Skaife