In training for the Bathurst 1000 are car-racing fanatics Rhett Herbert (left) and Josh Oliver.
In training for the Bathurst 1000 are car-racing fanatics Rhett Herbert (left) and Josh Oliver.

Sofa seat position for race

By Renee Redmond

For Rhett Herbert and workmates Josh Oliver and Todd Wade, the Bathurst 1000 V8 Supercars race is the holy grail of Australian motor sport.

"It's a six-and-a-half-hour race and a 10-hour telecast. I watch it from start to finish every year," Rhett said yesterday.

The Ballina North Coast Motor Group car salesmen said despite their shared passion for Sunday's race, they would watch it alone.

"It's different to football," Rhett said.

"When you watch Bathurst it's just you and the driver. I like to calculate lap times to see who's most likely to win and look at each team's pit strategy."

Todd said: "When you're watching Bathurst you have to stock up on finger food ? stuff you can eat without looking at it so you don't have to take your eyes off the race."

Rhett, 28, of Goonellabah, would not miss the annual Bathurst race on the telly and has been a fan since childhood. A love of the sport has been encouraged by his father, Warren.

"Dad made the mistake of getting married on Bathurst weekend. On the first day of his honeymoon he pulled into more petrol stations than necessary so he could check how the race was going," he said.

"We used to watch it together, but I don't live at home anymore so we call each other instead when something exciting happens."

Josh, 25, also of Goonellabah, said his first memory of Bathurst was in 1987.

"Peter Brock was going sideways in a VL Commodore in the wet across the top of a mountain but didn't lose control," he said.

"He finished third, but they granted him the winner because the other two were disqualified. That was my favourite race," Rhett added.

Todd, 23, of Lismore, said there was no chance of falling asleep ? the adrenalin kept you going.

"That, and the fact I usually drink coke and eat high-sugar food all day," he said.



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