While the off season for the Production Touring Car Championship might be upon us, the drivers of the series are still working their normal jobs, growing fortunes or just trying to save enough to get themselves on the grid in 2013. To try an keep tabs on what the guys are up to over the off season, and to find out a bit more about them for you, DGB Media has spent a bit of time hunting them all down, to bring you a unique insight into this great series.
The first cab off the rank, so to speak, is one of Production Touring’s finest competitors, a true gentleman on and off the track, Troy Harrison. In our quick 15 questions with him we cover some pressing issues including; Finding out who his secret co-driver is for next year, how he recruits a new fan base, his favourite on track competitor and what he really thinks of Canadians.
So sit back and enjoy as we bring you a unique insight into; Troy Harrison.
Q1) What do you do for a day job?
I am a Steering Wheel Attendant (Truck Driver for my Company)
Q2) How did you enjoy the 2012 season of Production Touring Cars?
2012 was a great year for me and my team, we didnt run all the rounds but we were competetive and finished every race in PTC that we entered this year. I have raced in a few catergories and as we hear from alot of other racers, the PTC guys are by far the best bunch of racers to be involved with
Q3) Recently you drove your Commodore race car to and from the Homebush for the PTC display at the V8 Supercar event. What was that experience like?
It was an unreal Experience. I did look up the rules and found no rule stating that you were not allowed to get up to the speed limit as fast as you could. Every (censored… fill with word similar to riot) on the road wanted to race me as well! The amount of people that had to have a second look as you drove by was hilarious. I cant wait to do it again next year!
Q4) Have you ever seen that little film Mad Max?
Believe it or not, I haven’t seen mad max!
Q5) We hear Craig Lowndes recently tested your Commodore at the Sydney Telstra 500. Did he provide some good feedback on car setup?
Funny you should mention that actually…. Lowndsy and I have been spending a bit of time together lately. He now lives in my garage and the kids love having him around as well. I have no doubt he will be invaluable to my 2013 season.
Q6) What track do you most enjoy racing on?
My Favourite track of all time was Oran Park. In the current Production Touring Car calendar I do enjoy Wakefield
Q7) Do you feel that the task of growing your supporter base has been aided since you attended that Nickelback concert earlier this year?
Oh yeah that goes without saying! That sort of crowd will follow anything.
Q8) Who is your favourite driver to race against on track?
Most are good to race with, I guess… I had some great racing with Pottsy (Dean Potts) this year, he is a clean racer that I know I can race door handle to door handle with and not be worried about damage. Except for him running into the back of me at wakefield in the last round of the series…. But, you know, it was the last race and a championship was on the line!
Q9) After a Race, what do you do to relax?
Q10) Do you think Max really was mad?
Well, judging by what I have heard recently, ( about Mel Gibson) I would say that the movie should be renamed Very Angry Mad Man
Q11) Some would say Nickelback have never released a good song. Would you agree with that statement?
To be honest I didn’t think too much of them until I was dragged along by my wife… But, their live show was pretty cool, and surprisingly I did know quite a few of the songs.
Oh….. I better say that Far Away is a great song, otherwise my wife will kill me as it was our wedding dance song!
Q12) Have you designed your car livery for next year yet?
Well I was thinking of changing the livery for next year, but I decided that I would change it bit by bit as I get punted and need to repair the panels.
Q13) Do you like Canadians?
Yeah, why not. I don’t actually know any though
Q14) You made poster of yourself this year, how much would a signed copy of one cost for christmas?
I’m not sure if you are aware but these are a limited edition of just 100, so as you can imagine it’s quite hard to get your hands on one. It really leaves me no choice but to put the last one up on ebay for auction.
Q15) If you could visit any race in the world, what would it be?
That’s a silly question. It has to be bathurst motor festival at easter in 2013! We’ll have the best class in australia tackling the mountain. BRING IT ON!!!
So there you have it, our first insight into the drivers of Production Touring Cars. We’ve got many more interviews to come in this off season, so make sure you check back here every friday for our next installment of 15 QUESTIONS!
***ECLUSIVE PHOTO: We’ve managed to get hold of a picture of Craig Lowndes testing Troy’s Commodore. We hope that Troy is cut out to be able to understand the feedback provided.