Team to tackle Targa Tasmania
MOTORSPORT: Team Whitsundays is making its triumphant return to the Targa Tasmania tarmac this year, with Bruce and Gail Absolon heading south today.
Gail, whose first ever motorsport event was last year's race, explained work commitments had seen her fly back when it was all over.
"And by the time they had driven up I had already booked next year's accommodation, everything," she said.
"I was ready to go."
Bruce said there was plenty to love about Targa Tasmania.
"It's an awesome amount of fun," he said.
"The camaraderie for the event is unbelievable."
There was more than just the thrill of going fast to enjoy however.
"Bruce had total faith in me and my calls, I had total faith in him and his driving, so it actually brought us closer together if that was even possible," Gail said.
Last year the couple finished 94th of out 245 entries, with only one hairy moment.
"We did a five-right but we didn't have too much traction on the road," Gail said.
"In fact, not one tyre was on the road, so when the car landed, that was a bit of a lowlight."
There are fresh challenges ahead in 2016 however, and the pair are ready for it.
"We're actually in a different category this year," Gail said.
"You have to work on an average speed, which puts more pressure on me.
"Not only are you doing the roads and the calling, they give you a time that you have to get there, and if you're 0.1 sec out you start getting penalty points."
Local motorsport fans can keep up with Team Whitsundays by following their Facebook page.
"Everyday we'll be putting up little things that have been happening during the day," Gail said.
The couple thanked their sponsors, saying "the whole thing is local".