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TEAMWORK KEY FOR PENRITE RACING AT BATHURST

MEDIA RELEASE/Penrite Racing – Erebus – Photos: supplied

‘Team work makes the dream work!’ At least that’s what Penrite Racing CEO Barry Ryan is hoping will be a key part of the team’s success heading into this year’s Great Race. 
 
The 2017 Bathurst winner’s team boss employed a new method to get the team ready for Bathurst, heading north with his squad to the Norwell Motorplex on the Gold Coast. 

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While most other team’s spent early September workshop-bound, David Reynolds, Anton De Pasquale, Luke Youlden and Will Brown travelled to the Queensland facility with members of their Penrite Racing crew for some team bonding and quality time with few distractions.
 
“The idea was to get all four of our drivers, plus some key crew members to work together and learn more about each other in a driving environment,” Ryan said.
 
‘’We separated the guys into two teams with specific activities planned out that required team work, problem solving, listening, advising and generally taking responsibility and accountability like you would in a racing environment; but the key was we mixed the teams from Cars 9 and 99, so everyone had the chance to learn from each other.’’
 
In addition to the drivers, the teams included Race Engineer Alistair McVean and Lead Mechanic Brad Tremain (car 9) plus Race Engineer Mirko De Rosa and Lead Mechanic Brad Packham (Car 99)

As part of his racing academy program, Paul Morris and his instructors created challenges for the teams of five, captained by De Pasquale and newly crowned Super3 Champion Broc Feeney. 

Paul Morris and his instructors created challenges for the teams of five, captained by De Pasquale and newly crowned Super3 Champion Broc Feeney – Photo: supplied

De Pasquale’s team included Youlden, Tremain, Ryan and McVean whilst Feeney’s team was made up of Reynolds, Packham, Brown and De Rosa. 
 
The challenges included practice sessions where engineers and mechanics took the driver’s seat and instructions from the drivers, skid pan challenges, four-wheel drive experiences and learning the skills to drive a car correctly.
 
‘It was a great experience, especially putting people out of their comfort zone,’’ De Pasquale said.
 
‘’The pressure was on in some of the challenges to really get people up to speed to learn off each other’s expertise, which was great and obviously with a bunch of competitive blokes on both sides, no one was going to give an inch.’
 
‘’The challenges were really well thought out and stuff I have done before, but this time it wasn’t about the individual, it was about the team and no one wants to be the one to let the team down, just like in a racing environment. 
 
‘’Obviously there was a lot of fun and some bragging rights on both sides too, so all in all it was a really cool thing to do and another way to prepare for the biggest race on the calendar.’’
 
Ryan agreed the experience was a great team bonding exercise. 
 
‘’Even though they are naturally competitive by nature, like any sport, we are always looking at ways to keep the teams fresh and motivated and this was a great way to combine work and some fun while learning something new. 
 
‘’Any extra edge on the way to competing at Bathurst is a bonus and I couldn’t recommend Norwell Motorplex more highly for serious driver training, corporate experiences or team building like this.”
 
The 2019 Bathurst 1000 takes place at Mount Panorama from October 10-13.


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