V8 Supercars drivers Whincup and van Gisbergen face off with RC cars

DAMIEN O'CARROLL
Tiny, high-speed racing is a serious business at the Hamilton Radio Control car Club.

 The competitive nature of V8 Supercars drivers is no small matter. Except when it is.

Holden New Zealand got Red Bull Holden Racing Team members Jamie Whincup (Australia) and Shane van Gisbergen (New Zealand) together this week for an informal warm-up race as they head towards this weekend's round of the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship at Pukekohe.

The teammates engaged in bumper-to-bumper door-rubbing action... driving tiny radio-controlled cars on a 125-metres course belonging to the Auckland Radio Control Car Club in Mangere, South Auckland.

Kiwi van Gisbergen had the home advantage. More importantly, he is actually an RC-racing champion.
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Kiwi van Gisbergen had the home advantage. More importantly, he is actually an RC-racing champion.

It was anticipated Shane would have the upper hand, having raced at the circuit previously, plus the fact he claimed the NZRCA title in 2016.

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Seven-time Supercar series champion Jamie Whincup had a torrid time holding off the younger protagonist, who showed no mercy as they jostled for position down the front straight.

Those tiny RC racers really do fly in the right hands.
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Those tiny RC racers really do fly in the right hands.

Shane wasn't shy shutting down racing room and claimed honours in the one-off trans-Tasman battle.

"This is the first time the Mangere circuit has ever hosted Supercar racing. 

"While the drivers were a little down on total horsepower compared with their usual race machines, it was quite an experience as well as a heap of fun," says Club coordinator, Mark Houghton.

RC racing a little more hands-off than V8 Supercars. But harder to figure out steering movements.
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RC racing a little more hands-off than V8 Supercars. But harder to figure out steering movements.

The ARCC is in the process of moving to a brand new, purpose-built RC car facility at Colin Dale Park in Manukau.

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