V8 racers face Tafe simulator test

Supercar gig gives TAFE students foot in door

AS SUPERCAR fever takes hold across Ipswich, some lucky TAFE students have booked themselves the best tickets in the house.

Certificate 3 Mechanics students Jesse Milne and Cheyne Willmann will be in the thick of the action when the nation's best drivers muscle their big V8s around Queensland Raceway for the Ipswich Supersprint.

A deal between TAFE South-West and V8 Supercar Championship organisers will provide the opportunity for 17 students to work as interns at the national motor racing event.

In addition to three mechanical students, TAFE will also send hospitality and event management students to put their classroom lessons into practice.

A gig working alongside the guys who keep the high-powered race cars in tip-top shape is a dream come true for Mr Milne and Mr Willmann. "At this stage we are not sure exactly which teams we'll be with or how much we will be allowed to touch," Mr Milne said.

"I'm just glad to get the opportunity to be there - it will look good on the resume. It's a first foot in the door in the world of motorsport."

The students work as apprentice mechanics while studying.

"It will be great just to watch the Supercar mechanics in action and to see how fast they operate during pit stops," Mr Milne said.

V8 Supercar stars James Courtney and Tim Slade visited the Bundamba Tafe campus yesterday to discuss road safety with students. The Holden drivers had a crack at a racing simulator, tackling the tight Willowbank circuit as fans watched on.

TOP GEAR: Mechanical students Jesse Milne (left) and Cheyne Willmann will be working with V8 Supercar pit crews during the upcoming V8 Supersprint event at Queensland Raceway.
TOP GEAR: Mechanical students Jesse Milne (left) and Cheyne Willmann will be working with V8 Supercar pit crews during the upcoming V8 Supersprint event at Queensland Raceway. David Nielsen

 


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