Young guns revved and ready
MITCHELL Gee and Brandon Rawlings are only relatively new to V8 Dirt Modified competition, but their outfit is making waves both on and off the track heading into this weekend's Australian Championship at Lucas Oil Lismore Speedway.
The duo are part of the Queensland-based Consol Racing team and are travelling to Lismore in style aboard their new custom-built V8 Supercar-style transporter.
The hi-tech transporter comes complete with air-conditioned driver's lounge and enough room to fit two complete racecars, so it should turn a few heads.
"It was meant to be a four-month build but it turned into ten," team owner Gavin Rawlings said.
"We carry enough spare parts to rebuild the cars, spare motors, tyres, wheels - the whole lot.
"It's all about giving the boys the best crack at it. We want to be able to go travel with them to Melbourne and Perth.
"It's all right if you are at home - you can get parts off anyone - but when you are away you are on your own."
On track it's rookie Mitchell and second-year racer Brandon Rawlings who pilot the matching Consol Racing Troyer racecars.
At just 16, Gee will be one of the youngest competitors in the field for this weekend's meet.
The son of 2007 Australian Super Sedan champion Michael Gee will be drawing heavily on his eight years of go-kart experience over the coming days.
"Everything is like go-karts" he said. "It's about keeping it straight, throttle control and minimising wheel spin.
"These cars are just like a go-kart with a big V8 and on dirt."
Teammate Rawlings, 20, meanwhile will be competing in his second Australian Championship this weekend.
"We went pretty good at Lismore on Boxing (Day) night and managed to get a pretty good baseline set-up" Rawlings said. "I am probably aiming a bit high but I am going there to win it."
An exciting two days of action are in prospect at the Lismore Showground competition.
Gates open at 3pm each day.
Don't miss ...
Lismore Speedway fans are reminded that a special meet-and-greet session with this weekend's teams will be held in Magellan St, Lismore, on Friday, from 4pm.