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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