Editor laps up the thrill of speed

Clockwise from left: Weekend Courier editor Vanessa Schmitt prepares to roar down the track at 200km/h; The V8 Supercar in action; Gemma Nicholls waves the checkered flag; A burnout competition raises some smoke.  Pictures: Jon Hewson        www.communitypix.com.au   d446424
Editor laps up the thrill of speed
Editor laps up the thrill of speed
Editor laps up the thrill of speed
Editor laps up the thrill of speed
Editor laps up the thrill of speed
Clockwise from left: Weekend Courier editor Vanessa Schmitt prepares to roar down the track at 200km/h; The V8 Supercar in action; Gemma Nicholls waves the checkered flag; A burnout competition raises some smoke. Pictures: Jon Hewson        www.communitypix.com.au d446424

I was lucky enough to experience the thrill of the speedway at Perth Motorplex in the lead-up to Perth Speed Fest.

My ride � a 2013 registered V8 Australian Supercar. The former Triple 8 racing car is a Ford FG, with a 5.0 litre V8, 680hp engine and a top speed of 290 km/h.

I was nervous, but driver Anthony Arnold put me at ease. He is a GT Series multi-round winner, with 24 years� racing experience.

Once buckled in and given the safety rundown, we were off.

Straight away, I felt gravity push me back in my seat and then there were the tunnels to go through. I thought we would crash, but Anthony expertly navigated through.

After reaching 200km/h on the straight stretch, slowing down rapidly on the turns and two laps, we were done.

The only things that hurt were my cheekbones � from a ridiculous smile etched on my face.

V8 Supercars will be just some of the cool cars on show at Perth Speed Fest. There will be Jack Miller in a MotoGP, James Brock in a V8 Ute, Alister McRae in a WRC rally car and Alan Jones in an F1 racer.

The major drawcard will be Daniel Ricciardo, who will put the RB7 Red Bull Racing 2011 world-championship-winning F1 car through its paces. He will then line up to go head-to-head three times against top cars in the ultimate test of speed.

There will be non-stop on-track entertainment with 60 separate events and 25 motorsport disciplines demonstrated on six customised track layouts.