Warwick sports lover wins Morgan Park hot lap
GREG Newey is no stranger to motorsport or Morgan Park Raceway, but on Friday he had the chance to get up close with the racetrack at a speed not many people get to experience.
Mr Newey was the winner of Colin O'Brien's Targa Dream raffle and first prize was a couple of hot laps in the Mitsubishi Evo 8 with the Warwick rally driver.
The track had been modified to a shortened length for a weekend event so while super speeds weren't possible, Mr O'Brien treated his supporter to some hair-raising cornering and speeds about the 150kmh mark.
Mr Newey said he used to race his own MG in the historic meets at Morgan Park.
"I've driven some fast cars before but I've never experienced a car with this kind of power off the mark,” he said.
"The g-forces and acceleration were simply amazing, and the traction of the vehicle, cornering at high speed was quite incredible actually.”
Mr Newey said he'd been keen to throw his support behind Mr O'Brien's dream to drive in Targa Tasmania.
"I've known the family for some time and when I heard they were working as a unit to get to this blue ribbon event, I wanted to help out,” he said.
"They're good people and they put in a lot of work and effort to get there.
"And not only that but they did sensationally well in the event as well, coming second in their class.
"You don't buy raffle tickets expecting to win, it was about helping Col get to to Targa and the prize is just a nice bonus.”
Mr O'Brien said he was able to reflect on his Targa rally experience now the event was over.
"It was one of the best things I've ever done, no doubt. And it was great to give a supporter just a little taste of the adrenalin rush driving Targa was all about.”