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July 5, 2012
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left, go through
their paces; left,
left, and Paul
Photos: PO Rick
PO Rick Prideaux and
LAC Bill Solomou
FAST machines of a different kind
took off at RAAF Base East Sale on
June 18 and 19.
The team from V8 Supercars test-
ed the Holden and Ford 'Car of the
Future' prototypes on the north/south
The cars were speed-limited to
200km/h, an ideal speed for aerody-
The base runway was used as the
smooth surface provided the perfect
base for accurate data collection.
Joint battlefield airspace controllers
(JBACs) FLTLTs Paul Lummis and
Dan Olsen coordinated with the tower
to organise test runs between aircraft
FLTLT Lummis said there was
some difficulty in getting the V8s on
the track while still allowing for prior-
ity of local aircraft movements.
"The cars themselves are very tem-
perature sensitive (both coolant and
oil), so they can't stand still for long,"
"If JBACs deemed it necessary for
a delay, the car would need to shut
Being a race car, weight is para-
mount so the battery they have on
board is tiny and barely able to start
the high compression engine, mak-
ing re-starting problematical and often
requiring a booster battery from a sup-
"Coordinating entry on to the taxi-
ways and runways with JBACs and
allowing for the limitations of the cars
was a bit of a juggling act at times,"
FLTLT Lummis said.
He said the V8 Supercars team
understood that aircraft movements
had priority so they were happy to
accept the delays.
"453SQN did a fantastic job of
squeezing in the aerodynamic test runs
between aircraft moves."
V8 Supercar Technical Manager
Frank Adamson said testing at East
Sale had been great.
Chaz Mostert, from Ford
Performance Racing (current leader
of the Dunlop Development Series,
a feeder to the V8 Supercars) and
Jack LeBrocq (CAMS Rising Stars
program driver and series lead-
er of the Australian Formula Ford
Championship) drove the Ford and
Holden COTF vehicles respectively.
"To floor the car was quite exhila-
rating," he said.
After testing, the drivers and their
teams were invited to look over a
T/CO 30SQN SQNLDR Stuart
Wheal said the vehicles were incred-
ibly impressive, and the testing had
"Their noise was quite different to
that of the PC-9s, King Airs and CT4s
that normally use the runway," he said.
But for real speed you can't beat this flyover
LEUT Andrew Ragless
RACE 13 of the V8 Supercar
Championship series in Darwin
roared to life with an F/A-18 flypast
performed on June 17.
Ford Performance Racing drivers
Mark Winterbottom, Will Davidson
and Dick Reynolds took up first,
second and third places on the grid
as the Hornet shot down the track at
a speed of about 1000km/h, roughly
four times the speed of the V8s.
In the cockpit was 75SQN pilot
SQNLDR Ianto Smith, who flew from
RAAF Base Tindal to participate in the
SQNLDR Smith was supported
on the ground by fellow Hornet pilots
FLTLTs Thomas Quin, Michael Bailes
and Todd Woodford, and FLGOFFs
Nick Reynolds and James Larard,
who spent the morning trackside
chatting to the members of the crowd
and signing autographs.
FLTLT Bailes commentated the
seven-minute display from the official
commentary box as the Hornet made
four passes over the track, culminat-
ing in a high-speed approach with a
sharp vertical departure ahead of the
Australian national anthem.
And the crowd was impressed.
"That's just awesome," said a
Sydneysider who made the trip up to
Darwin to watch the race.
"I guess it's just another day in the
office for those blokes."
FLTLT Quin said he enjoyed being
among the crowd. "It was a great
opportunity to come and talk to peo-
ple about what we do," he said.
18 pilot FLGOFF Nick
Reynolds promotes the
Hornet aerial display.
GRID LUCK: F/A-18 pilot FLGOFF James
Larard on the grid at Hidden Valley.
ON THE WAY: FLTLTs Thomas Quin and Todd Woodford on the grid during
the F/A-18 aerial display, which left the crowds in awe just before the main
race of the V8 Supercar Championship.
Photos: LAC David Cotton
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