The Team Navy Friers Offshore Racing Supercat shook Sydney Harbour today as a part of a media event leading up to the Sydney Telstra 500.
The link with the V8 Supercar race was Chaz Mostert, leader of the V8 Development Series and driver of the Ford Performance Racing Team Navy vehicle.
Chaz jumped into the hot seat of the boat like he has many times in his car, setting speeds in excess of 150km per hour and passing iconic Sydney fixtures like the Manly Ferry.
Chaz said that it was the best experiences of his life other than jumping in a V8 Supercar.
“Surprisingly enough, it is so similar, going at similar speeds and you can feel the grip in the water as much as you can in the car,” he said.
“You couldn’t do this in a better place, flying towards the Sydney Harbour Bridge and having glimpses of the Sydney Opera House.”
The Royal Australian Navy launched Team Navy in 2011 forming alliances with recognised motorsport outfits. The Friers Offshore Racing Supercat has been rebranded Team Navy for the 2012 and 2013 seasons. Navy also has a five-year agreement with Ford Performance Racing where two Marine Technician sailors join the supercar team for a year working as fabricators, mechanics, and machinists.
For the record, the Team Navy Supercat retained the Australian Championship title for their class and won the coveted Aus 1 Championship across all three classes.
Navy will also be cheering for Chas as he aims to take out the championship in the last race of the 2012 season during the Sydney Telstra 500.
Naval Today Staff,November 29, 2012; Image: Australian Navy