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“IT’S FANTASTIC TO HAVE A JOB THAT ENABLES YOU TO DISCOVER THE WORLD.” MARO ENGEL

“He was going to get Nico a go-kart when our families went on holidays together so the two of us boys spent the holiday on the go-karts while our parents spent the holiday by the pool. The more I did it the more I enjoyed it.” The “almost indescribable feeling” of pushing racing cars to their limit is what keeps Maro’s passion for motor racing alive. “You almost can’t believe how fast the cars can go around the corners. Being able to drive these amazing cars is one of the most satisfying things I’ve experienced – it’s a special feeling racing these cars very fast with a big smile on your face.” Maro lists his other hobbies as cycling, fitness and golf and admits he never sits still long. “I am very active, I’m told it’s hard to go to the beach with me and lay on the sand and stay put – I’m the kind of person who always needs to be active – especially sports. “Cycling is a great way of training. Equally I really enjoy hitting a few balls on the golf course – even if they don’t go the direction I want them to go,” he joked. “But a movie night or dinner with friends is a good way to wind down.” This will be Maro’s first race in the Townsville 400 and he is really looking forward to the event. “From what everyone is telling me the whole town and surrounding areas embrace it,” he said. “I’m expecting a really great event where people are really happy to be there – that positive feeling. When you feel well at a place you usually do well. I’m really hoping for a good result here. Our car developments are coming along nicely.”

DAVID & TAHAN

DAVID REYNOLDS THE BOTTLE-O RACING TEAM FPR (FORD) Speed and a competitive spirit are in David Reynolds’ blood. His father John drove rally cars in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s and his older brother James was involved in go-karting. David was given his first gokart at the age of six. “I could drive a car before I could read and write properly,” David, 27, said from Melbourne last month. “My whole family loves it… at one point myself, my dad, my brother and my mum were all racing gokarts. My dad now travels with the V8 Supercar circuit driving the Aussie Racing Cars – he was in Townsville last year and will be there again this year. He has the same number as my car and wants Bottle-O as a sponsor as well,” he laughed. Although racing has been a part of his life for as long as he can remember, David actually started an apprenticeship as a dental technician when he left school. “But then I moved from Albury to Melbourne to race cars. I won the Australian Formula Ford Championship in 2004 and I thought ‘maybe I’m not too bad at this’ so I took it to the next level,” he said. “I ended up winning in 2007 and was then contracted to a V8 Supercar team.” David was the only bachelor in the championship last year, but his relationship status has changed since meeting Tahan Lew-Fatt. As a former grid girl, she’s aware of the lifestyle and travel that comes with the job. Originally from Darwin, Tahan now lives in Melbourne but doesn’t regularly go on the road with David. He said making a relationship work in this industry was easier than people would think.

“Sometimes she comes and watches me race. Obviously she doesn’t want me to get hurt and she wants me to win,” he said. When he’s not on the racetrack, David enjoys triathlons, tennis and cycling. “We race 15 weekends a year so that’s roughly 15 weeks – that leaves a lot of free time to do the things I want to do. It’s winter in Melbourne now so it’s not really inviting to go running and riding outside, but I also love playing tennis and I love competitive triathlon.” David said being part of the V8 circuit wasn’t always as glamorous as people imagined. “Usually it’s from accommodation to the racetrack, back to the accommodation and then to the airport,” he said. “But I’ve done some cool PR stuff. I got to go skydiving and in New Zealand we visited a farm and got to pat some sheep.” And last month he travelled to Texas for the very first time for the Austin 400. Looking towards the Sucrogen Townsville 400 event in July, David is hoping for a good result. He took his first career pole position in Townsville last year and narrowly missed a podium finish. “I’m looking for a top three finish in Townsville this year,” he said. “I love the track up there, it suits my style and I can do basically anything there. “I’m going to take it one race at a time and try to do the best I can with what I’ve been given. I’m loving the Ford family I’m in now.”

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