Northern suburb students feel the need for speed at Perth SuperSprint

Wanneroo Secondary College education assistants Nardene Williams and Sharon Warry with Year 10 student Grace Innocent.
Pictures: Martin Kennealey d482411
Wanneroo Secondary College education assistants Nardene Williams and Sharon Warry with Year 10 student Grace Innocent. Pictures: Martin Kennealey d482411

MORE than 170 school students got a sneak peek of the supercar action at Barbagallo Raceway today as motor racing enthusiasts gear up for the Perth SuperSprint.

Students from across WA attended workshops with the WA Sporting Car Club and held a junior press conference at the Neerabup track this afternoon with sponsor and official beef pie supplier Mrs Mac’s hosting a “Pie-lane” where youngster could meet drivers.

Micaiah Vincent and Ross Mitchell from Joseph Banks Secondary College.

Schools involved included Alkimos Primary, Comet Bay College, Fremantle College, Guildford Grammar School, Mercy College, Mullaloo Heights Primary, Northshore Christian Grammar, Joseph Banks Secondary College, St Kieran Catholic Primary, St Stephen’s School Duncraig and Wanneroo Secondary College.

Milwaukee Racing driver Will Davison will join Supercars legends for his 400th race start at the event this weekend since his debut in 2004.

Wanneroo Secondary College students Caleb Haskell, education assistant Sandy Cook, CaelumGreenfield and Tristian Kalab.

“Four hundred has gone incredibly quick; it seems like just yesterday I lined up for my first,” the two-time Bathurst champion said.

“Certainly, some amazing race memories, especially my first race win was incredible with DJR in 2008.

“It’s also hard to go past my two Bathurst 1000 race victories, not only your wins but there are so many other achievements in this sport, your podiums, and working with amazing people that make it all really special.

“I’m really proud I’ve survived this long, and definitely think I’ve got another 100 races left in me at least anyway.”

Teams took to Barbagallo Raceway today to practice for the May 5 and 6 races and activities over the weekend will include flypasts and aerobatic displays by the Royal Australian Air Force.

A single Hawk 127 lead-in fighter aircraft from Number 79 Squadron, based at RAAF Base Pearce, will arrive from a southerly direction about 2.30pm on Saturday and 1.55pm on Sunday.

It will do a flypast from south to north before showcasing their aerial skill with a low-level high-speed aerobatic handling display, flying at speeds up to 1000km/h and at heights not lower than 60m above ground level.

All flying is subject to change due to weather and operational requirements.

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