Udy proves his mettle
FIERCE: Wayne Udy competing in the V8 Supercar Castrol Edge Townsville 400 on the weekend. The local driver came through the hair-raising event unscathed and amped for more. contributed
OUR very own race car driver Wayne Udy survived the V8 Supercar Castrol Edge Townsville 400.
He might not have stood a chance against TV personality Grant Denyer and partner Tony D'Alberto, who won the Ferrari 458, but he placed fourth in the class and 29th outright - results he's feeling pretty schmick about.
Udy's team Killer Racing made it through the weekend of action unscathed - and a few other entrants couldn't say that.
They came, they saw, they raced and they came out the other side.
The Castrol Edge Townsville 400 was a big weekend for Udy and the team, arguably their biggest to date.
Udy may be local but this was the first time he had been on the racing side of the Townsville street circuit fence.
Friday's practice saw the team resolving car problems.
"Initially the car was a bit rough with fuel issues but we sorted it out for qualifying," Udy said.
After qualifying on Saturday, Udy completed the first of two one-hour races on Sunday on a high.
He drove one of the 32 Australian GT cars that took to the tight concrete-lined Townsville street circuit as part of the Castrol Edge Townsville 400 festival for an exciting weekend of V8 racing.
All the long hours of hard work paid off for Udy and his results were something to be proud of.
Sunday's second one-hour race was certainly memorable, with Udy almost stomped on a few times.
One of the hairier moments was coming into the final turn, when Udy suddenly found another GT3 Porsche blocking most of the track.
The Porsche only just rolled out of the way as he rounded the corner.
"Oh yeah, I had a few close calls and thought I was done a few times," Udy admitted.
Thankfully, the Killer Racing GT3 Porsche still looks as good as when it rolled off the truck on Friday morning.
Although a suspension failure gave the team pace problems, Udy managed to hold out for the full hour.
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