Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search

 


Red Bull Racing Australia tackles New Zealand with Warriors

23 April, 2014
-For immediate release-

Red Bull Racing Australia tackles New Zealand head-on with the Warriors

Embracing the spirit of the upcoming ANZAC weekend, Aussie V8 Supercar drivers Jamie Whincup and Craig Lowndes threw themselves in to a training session with local NRL side, The New Zealand Warriors. The Red Bull Racing Australia drivers swapped a circuit for a stadium, in the bid to get a training leg-up on our local Kiwi V8 Supercar drivers at this weekend’s ITM 500 Auckland.

Warrior’s players, including Shaun Johnson and Sam Tomkins, ran the drivers through their paces and pitched them against each other in a number of their regular NRL training drills. Five-time V8 Supercars champion Jamie Whincup noted that the ‘hit the gap’ training drill was a natural fit for perpetrations in the lead up to the weekend.

“I don’t think you can call yourself a racing car driver unless you go for a gap when it presents itself and it’s much the same for NRL players,” Whincup said. “It was great to put on the boots, have a run around the field, get the blood pumping, and have a training session with a different sporting code, learning from athletes who are at the top of their game.”

It’s the first time in the sport’s 55-year history that a race will take place on the historic ANZAC weekend. Lowndes who will make his 226th event start this weekend says that it will be a humbling experience.

“It’s an incredible honour to race on ANZAC day and we’ve had a great start to the week by being able to train and learn from The Warriors,” Lowndes said. “I’m really looking forward to racing this weekend with a fresh new format and if we can come out holding on to the championship lead, or somewhere there abouts, then I’ll be delighted.”

Warrior’s halfback, Shaun Johnson, noted that the drivers approached the training session in their own special ways, but both managed to pull some impressive moves out of the bag.

“The boys both definitely had their own individual strengths but I think the race track is where they belong, and I’m looking forward to cheering them on this weekend.”

The ITM 500 Auckland takes place from April 24 – 27, at Pukekohe Park Raceway.

-Ends-


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Bodega: Venue Closing At The End Of The Year, After 25 Years Of Music

"It is with considerable sadness that, for reasons beyond our control, we regret to announce the closure of Bodega’s doors at the end of this year, after 25 years of faithful and committed service to live music in Wellington." More>>

Memorabilia: Te Papa Buys Peter Snell Singlet

Te Papa has purchased the singlet worn by Peter Snell at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics at an auction this morning at Cordy’s auction house in Auckland. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Review Of Books: Women At The Centre

In the first chapter of her epic History of New Zealand Women, Barbara Brookes places a version of the Māori creation story alongside that of the Pākehā colonists, setting the scene for how each society saw women. The contrast is startling. More>>

In Auckland Art Gallery: A Tour Of Duty

I had already started my journey through the exhibited collections when an audio announcement about a guided tour to embark shortly from the foyer was made, I decided to join in. Why not? More>>

Art: ‘Holiday’ Wins IHC Art Awards

An intricate embroidered cushion by Wellington artist Jo-Anne Tapiki has won the 2016 IHC Art Awards and $5000. Jo-Anne started working from IHC’s Arts on High studio in Lower Hutt 18 months ago and this is the first time she has entered the competition. More>>

‘Quasi’: Christchurch Art Gallery Reveals Rooftop Sculpture

Christchurch-born and internationally renowned artist Ronnie van Hout has had a huge hand in Christchurch Art Gallery's latest outdoor installation. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Culture
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news