Origin fever hits Queensland Raceway The 'Queenslander' call will be well utilised over the next two months, as State of Origin fever takes grip and the State's blue ribband motorporting spectacular, the Queensland 300, is ignited at ...
Origin fever hits Queensland Raceway
The 'Queenslander' call will be well utilised over the next two months, as State of Origin fever takes grip and the State's blue ribband motorporting spectacular, the Queensland 300, is ignited at the Queensland Raceway on July 20.
Getting in on the act in support of both sporting contests is strong Maroons contender Justin Hodges who has literally thrown his weight behind the Australian V8 Supercar Championship series.
"I'm a huge fan of motorsport and was offered a drive around the track to launch the new Holden Commodore V8 Race Experience car, so it was just too good an opportunity to knock back," Hodges said.
"Home state drivers like Marcos Ambrose, Russell Ingall and Steven Johnson will be waving the Queensland flag during the 300 and I think it's every Queenslander's patriotic duty to let these blokes know we are behind them."
The Sydney Roosters centre has a mountain of admiration for Australia's road warriors and can now attest to having a first hand appreciation of the thrills associated with driving a 400 horse power race prepared V8.
His ten laps around the Ipswich circuit allowed him to reach speeds of up to 190km/h that made for an Origin-like experience.
"It's great fun and the adrenalin's really pumping!"
"It's taken me nearly an hour just to come down after the V8 Race Experience and I'm sure that same rush will be enjoyed if I'm selected for the opening Origin encounter against New South Wales in front of a packed house at Suncorp Stadium."
Hodges is back in Brisbane to celebrate his 21st birthday with his family and was offered the V8 Race Experience as an early birthday present on behalf of the Queensland Raceway.
The Queensland Raceway is the only circuit in Australia to offer this unique driving experience to the general public.
Hodges agreed the new Holden Commodore, which joins a fleet of two Ford Falcons in the Race Experience garage, is bound to be a hit among his friends.
"Once the footy season's over I'll be getting in the ear of some of the boys at the Roosters and seeing if they're up to the challenge."
"I've already served my apprenticeship and I'm confident I can lead the pack after mastering the Queensland Raceway circuit and strike yet another blow for the Marrons"
Queensland 300 Fast Facts
Date - Friday to Sunday, July 18-20, 2003
Location - Queensland Raceway, Champions Way, Ipswich, Australia
Track - 3.121 km
Race Distance - 300km -- 100 laps
2002 Attendance - 41 710
The Holden and Ford teams use a 5L fuel injected V8 engine, which exert 480Kw of power at 7500rpm. The approximate fuel capacity of an engine is 120L and top speed is 300 km per hour.
Australian V8 Supercar Championship Series:
The premier Australian motor racing series pitting the popular Ford and Holden V8s together over 13 rounds. Teams start vying for crucial series points at the Clipsal 500 in Adelaide in March, and will finish the series at Eastern Creek in November.