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Penrite Racing duo David Reynolds and Anton De Pasquale were welcomed by the Royal Australian Artillery at Lavarack Barracks in Townsville today as they took part in a rigorous battle PT session.
The Supercar drivers were joined at Chau Pha Lines by Commanding Officer, 4th Regiment, Royal Australian Artillery, Lieutenant Colonel Peter Allan, 109th Battery Commander, Major Nicholas Clarke and soldiers from the 4th Regiment.
“It was really good to hang with the guys and girls are Lavarack Barracks today; we are really proud of the relationship we have formed over the last few years,” Reynolds said.
“We have two Army recruits on our crew and talking to them really helps understand that the Army is way more than just people going into combat.
“They do so much amazing work in the community and have been a big part of helping Aussies through the bushfires and COVID.
“I think a lot of Australians are proud of our Army and what they have achieved, and it’s really good to carry the Army badge on our cars.”
The team’s involvement with the Army commenced in 2016 and this year saw the #9 and #99 Holden’s sport the Australian Army Rising Sun logo.
In addition, the cars will also display the Royal Australian Artillery Association badge this weekend, which is particularly relevant this week as the nation recognizes Legacy Week.
“The Erebus Motorsport Team has done an exceptional job in aiding the Royal Australian Artillery in raising awareness and funds for veterans’ community organisations,” Major Nicholas Clarke said.
“The opportunity to work with a highly professional team like Erebus allows us to learn how civilian groups can respond to similar pressures that are faced by us in the military.”
De Pasquale said he enjoyed getting the blood bumping before this weekend’s second event in Far North Queensland.
“It was cool to get the heart racing before the weekend; they all push hard but it’s also about teamwork and getting everyone to the end” De Pasquale said.
“While our team does a different job to the Army you can see a lot of similarities in everything we do.
“The comradery, teamwork and commitment is something I not only see with the Army but also in our team. Particularly at the moment when things are changing and we are adapting and having to be flexible, supporting each other and working as a team is so important.
“Everyone has their own goals and things they want to achieve, but everyone needs to work together to get the Penrite Racing cars across the line first.
“They’re all on call to pack and leave to help our country at a moment’s notice, and they are constantly learning to deal with circumstances beyond their control, and I think that makes you more resilient and is something we can learn from in our current situation.”
The Supercars Championship moves on to the second round of the double header in Townsville this weekend, with the Robson Civil Projects Townsville SuperSprint.
This weekend’s racing includes three 39-lap races; one on Saturday at 3.40pm and two on Sunday at 12.05pm and 2.40pm local time.
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