V8 Supercars – Aussie Legend Mick Doohan Tests Toll HRT Commodore

July 14, 2011

V8 Supercars

Aussie legend Mick Doohan has driven his first laps in a Toll Holden Racing Team Commodore, the five-time 500cc Grand Prix Motorcycle World Champion getting behind the wheel of HRT’s T2 V8 Supercar at Queensland Raceway today.

After first taking a passenger ride alongside reigning V8 Supercar Champion James Courtney, Doohan then jumped behind the wheel and completed 15 laps in two stints of the 3.1km circuit.

“The opportunity to have a run in one of the Toll Holden Racing Team Commodores was great, it was a lot of fun but after a few laps I think I’m a fair way from going racing again,” Doohan said.

“I’d only had a small opportunity a few years ago to drive one of these cars and it was the first time I’d ever been around this circuit, so it was good to do a couple of laps with James and see what he was doing.

“I was looking at his hands and feet, trying to work off him as much as I could – James is a quality driver no doubt about that.”

While quick to dismiss any chance of racing a V8 Supercar, Doohan said he would jump at the opportunity to test one again.

“I had a great time today and would enjoy driving the car again if given the chance.”

Courtney said he felt privileged to have taken Doohan for a ride before handing over the keys to T2, and then was impressed with how quickly he adapted.

“Mick came for a ride with me first and it was an honour for me to be able to take him around and show him what we can do – to have a guy of his calibre listening to me is pretty cool,” Courtney said.

“He clearly listened to everything I had to tell him about the car and circuit, he went out there and was straight on it which surprised everyone.

“He was pushing the car and hitting the braking marks. It showed that regardless of two wheels or four Mick’s pretty impressive – I think he did a great job.”

While happy to vacate the seat of his V8 Supercar, Courtney said he wouldn’t be quite as keen given an opportunity to ride one of the machines which Doohan claimed his five world titles on.

“I struggle with four wheels, let alone two, so there’s absolutely no way I’d ever ride a Grand Prix bike.  I’d get on the back of a bike with Mick but as far as riding a GP bike myself … NO!”

The next round of the 2011 V8 Supercar Championship, the Coates Hire 300, takes place at Queensland Raceway on 19-21 August.

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