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After two weeks in self-quarantine, Penrite Racing’s fabricator James ‘’Jimmy’’ White has left isolation.
While the return of racing last month in Sydney marked some normality for team’s, for White it meant a period of self-isolation upon return home to South Australia.
White, who has been with the team since 2016 – though never physically worked from its Dandenong headquarters – resides in Mount Gambier.
SA’s restrictions for interstate travellers meant that White was required to self-quarantine upon return post the Sydney event last month where he remained until this morning.
“It was absolutely worth it; the team has stood by us all through these troubled times and this is the reality of travelling interstate in the current COVID climate,” White said.
“I have no hesitations in doing this over and over again and feel privileged that I am able to return home when so many workmates can’t right now.”
Instead of staying at his home with his wife, White opted to move his caravan to his workshop and set up camp there.
“I could have stayed at home, but then my wife would have had to do the same thing, so the smartest and most ethical thing to do was to separate the two of us,” he said.
“We always have work to do, and I had everything I needed there.
“The caravan catered to the kitchen and living area, and the workshop has bathroom amenities.”
Team CEO Barry Ryan said he had an immense amount of respect for White and his dedication to the team.
“I have nothing but the upmost respect for the way Jimmy has handled this situation; if there were more people like him in this world, we may be in a better position with the pandemic,” Ryan said.
“I can’t thank Jimmy enough for his commitment and also his wife Jane, for the support she provided him during this period.”
Penrite Racing will consider its plan post-Sydney Motorsport Park, and are currently bunkered down at team owner Betty Klimenko’s farm in the NSW Southern Highlands before they move to the track on Wednesday.
Racing for the Sydney SuperSprint is this weekend, with one 130-kilometre night race on Saturday followed by two 130-kilometre races on Sunday.
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