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Beattie given rally demo.

Triple 500GP race winner and MotoGP commentator for Australia's Channel Ten network, Daryl Beattie, got taken for a four-wheel ride on Friday - as a passenger to Ford's World Rally Championship star Matthew Wilson.

The pair teamed up during shakedown for this weekend's Rally Australia with the young Brit taking his guest for a high-speed ride over the 3.29km course in Pottsville.

Beattie, who finished second to countryman Mick Doohan in the 1995 500cc World Championship for Suzuki, is no stranger to rallying, having contested events in Australia after retiring from motorcycle racing 12 years ago. But he was keen to experience a WRC car in full flight.

“That was amazing,” said Beattie. “Matthew is a great guy and is massively talented behind the wheel; the feeling in there was fantastic. The level of commitment these drivers have is so impressive, I only had a short run but to be able to maintain that concentration and commitment through a 30km stage is just incredible.

“We were reaching nearly 200kph then Matthew flicked it sideways through a gate post that was barely wide enough for the car to go through. For a guy like me to come from a track environment and have trees and fences flying past so close to the car is a really special feeling.

“It's probably the best thing I've ever done; I will remember it for the rest of my life.”

Beattie contested 57 500cc world championship races for Suzuki, Yamaha and Honda between 1992-1997, claiming 14 podiums.

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September 04, 2009 8:39 AM

Daryl is always good for a quote. Paul a friend of mine I used to race with was one of the top privateers in the Australian SBC in the early 90's. He Met Daryl in the pits at Eastern Creek and asked him how he got his head around the bum clenchingly fast turn 1. Daryl said "you just hold it pinned down the straight till you think you're gunna die, then turn left"

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September 04, 2009 8:05 AM

Daryl comes across asa great bloke and finishing second to Mick Doohan is impressive and I remember the Hockenhiem race with him and Mick absolutely flatchat almost side by side touching as they went through the forest.Someone else there too just a tiny bit back but right there.Great days and racing. Track design and allocated tracks are in need of a modern overhaul where they are made and selected to feature fast great close racing.Tracks like the one mentioned and Phillip Island almost always produce really good racing.There are probably only a couple more.This sport could be so much more than it presently is.

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