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#1 gruntguru

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Posted 10 October 2011 - 22:39

This is worth a look - very entertaining. I think the guy is quite an actor. Is it possible that a 200mph Nascar champion could be scared in a V8 supercar? I suppose the passenger seat is always more scarey?

http://www.youtube.c...player_embedded

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#2 Lee Nicolle

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Posted 10 October 2011 - 22:53

Hey, a lot of us who race or have raced are very nervous pasengers!! Plus if he studied Brights form he may have more reson to be scared!!

#3 Catalina Park

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Posted 11 October 2011 - 01:14

Strangest lap of Bathurst I have ever seen.

Jason Bright didn't scream and cry like that when I took him for a lap in 1998. :drunk:

#4 Grumbles

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Posted 11 October 2011 - 02:35

He was certainly hamming it up. But that's understandable, you're not going to attract viewers by saying things like: "What's wrong? Why are we going so slow? What? Is that it?"
And did he really mean to say geographical rather than geological? Topological is probably a better fit. Or was he intently studying the rock formations along the road?

#5 lotcor

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Posted 11 October 2011 - 06:17

A bit of a show, but I was in the jockey seat last year at Winton and you sit about a foot futher forward than the driver, quite close to the bars and screen.
Fantastic fun, but a bit like watching F1 you don't realize how fast they are until you see it live.

#6 cheapracer

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Posted 11 October 2011 - 07:04

Jason Bright didn't scream and cry like that when I took him for a lap in 1998. :drunk:


Thats because he fainted after the first turn.


#7 275 GTB-4

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Posted 11 October 2011 - 08:52

Strangest lap of Bathurst I have ever seen.

Jason Bright didn't scream and cry like that when I took him for a lap in 1998. :drunk:


But anyone else would!! :cat:

That clip seems to have continuity problems too...its a bit like the episode of McLeod where he rode his horse nth-sth over the Sydney harbour bridge...and then ended up in Manly or somesuch other geographical impossibility :well:

#8 Magoo

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Posted 11 October 2011 - 12:00

Well, DW is something of a ham. I'm trying to think of a parallel Australian television personality. What's that woman's name on Home and Away?

That said, a hot lap will always be infinitely more terrifying from the passenger seat. It doesn't compare to driving at all. I typically refuse to do it. DW did say he was only expecting a recon lap, so he may have been bushwhacked to some extent, and he has been retired for a while now.

I think the takeway, beyond all the histrionics, is that Waltrip was genuinely impressed with the track and the series.

#9 Catalina Park

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Posted 11 October 2011 - 13:08

Thats because he fainted after the first turn.

Must have done something right because he won the race the next day.

#10 cheapracer

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Posted 11 October 2011 - 13:13

Must have done something right because he won the race the next day.


As I said, he fainted after the first turn :lol:  ;) ;)


#11 Lee Nicolle

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Posted 11 October 2011 - 22:22

Must have done something right because he won the race the next day.

yeah, but his car was being repaired after a decent brush with the scenery

#12 Ray Bell

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Posted 12 October 2011 - 22:12

Bathurst is a long way from NASCAR...

What more could he say?

#13 bigleagueslider

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Posted 15 October 2011 - 03:01

DW had 8 road course wins in NASCAR, so I'm sure he was just having fun.

#14 Kelpiecross

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Posted 15 October 2011 - 03:21

DW had 8 road course wins in NASCAR, so I'm sure he was just having fun.


I have only driven around the Bathurst circuit slowly when it is used as a public road. But even then the drop down off the top of the Mountain through the Dipper etc. is frightening.
It is more akin to a house's steep driveway than a public road. You just don't get a true idea of just how steep it is from the telly. Just how they dive over Skyline at a 100mph or so defies belief.
I think I would have shrieked louder than DW.

#15 Jhope

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Posted 17 October 2011 - 12:46

Oh look, it's Ron Burgandy!

#16 JJW

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Posted 19 October 2011 - 03:15

that was very funny viewing - a real LOL moment - don't really know if he was serious or taking the p1ss, but is guaranteed to end up on high rotation in the highlights packages from now on!

#17 ralt12

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Posted 01 November 2011 - 01:35

DW is an entertainer now, and I'm sure there was some of that in the ride. Having said that, riding at speed as a passenger (at least for me) is no fun, you have no sense of track conditions as you drift, it's not a comfortable feeling at all.

I have to say, I'd love to see the V8 rules package replace the NASCAR package. Too much like spec racing.

Edited by ralt12, 01 November 2011 - 01:37.