Australian F1 star Daniel Ricciardo led a series of iconic cars and motorcycles in a demonstration along St Georges Terrace in Perth's CBD early this morning to herald the inaugural Perth Speed Fest, awing fans in the process.
Driving the Infiniti Red Bull Racing RB7 car that won the 2011 Formula One World Championship, Ricciardo, along with Jack Miller (MotoGP), Wayne Maxwell (Australian Superbikes), Nick Percat (V8 Supercars), Alister McRae (World Rally Championship), a NASCAR and super cars put on a display along a stretch of one of Perth's busiest thoroughfares, which were closed as the city's buildings reverberated to the ear-splitting sound of F1 for the first time.
Speaking at a press conference after the street demonstration at the Perth Speed Fest City Pit at the Barrack St Jetty, Duncraig product Ricciardo said the unique sensation of driving an F1 car through the streets of his hometown was one he'll always cherish.
“Getting in the RB7 is always fun, and it was pretty cool driving through middle of Perth. It’s cured my jet lag that’s for sure!” Ricciardo said.
“I love coming to Perth, it’s home. I’m really happy to bring some of the excitement of F1 to my hometown – sure there’s Melbourne, but it’s nice to have the RB7 in Perth. Not everyone can travel to Melbourne for the Australian Grand Prix.”
Perth Speed Fest will be a display of classic, modern and modified cars and motorbikes – along with the stars who drive and ride them – the likes of which WA has never seen.
Perth Speed Fest Director Greg McNeil said today was a sample of the machinery on show at Perth Motorplex tomorrow.
“We’re bringing together 25 different disciplines of motorsport and showcasing them in place, in one day – the action on track will be non stop,” McNeil said.
“We’re celebrating motoring too with all manner of cars and bikes that includes a rolling motor show of vehicles from the 1930s through to today, as well as unique and rare ones.”
Perth Speed Fest will be held on Sunday 13 December at Perth Motorplex and feature 60 separate events on five customised track layouts, with Ricciardo and the RB7 set to appear on track three times.
Tickets to Perth Speed Fest are available from www.perthspeedfest.com and at the gate at Perth Motorplex from 08:30 on Sunday, while the Perth Speed Fest App, complete with event schedules, maps and information about the stars headlining the event, is free to download and available for iPhones and Android.
Mr McNeil encouraged attendees to pre-purchase tickets online to avoid queues.
In addition to Ricciardo, Miller, Maxwell and Percat, the impressive line-up of motorsport talent taking part in Perth Speed Fest includes Australia’s only living F1 champion Alan Jones, 500cc motorcycle hero Daryl Beattie, FMX triple-backflip legend Josh Sheehan, V8 Supercar drivers and brothers Will and Alex Davison, Perth teenager and V8 Supercar driver Alex Rullo, V8 ute racer James Brock, World Rally driver Alister McRae, Asia Pacific Rally driver Dean Herridge, V8 pit lane reporter Riana Crehan, and motorsport broadcaster Greg Rust
For more, go to www.perthspeedfest.com
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