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Thursday 14th July, 2011 - 3:10pm

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Mick Doohan in the T2 Toll HRT Commodore

Mick Doohan in the T2 Toll HRT Commodore

Mick Doohan has completed his first laps in a Toll Holden Racing Team Commodore at Queensland Raceway, but says that people shouldn’t look for him to race one anytime soon.

The five-time world motorcycle champion drove the factory team’s T2 ‘ride’ V8 Supercar, guided by Gold Coast-based friend and team driver James Courtney.

After first taking a passenger ride alongside reigning V8 Supercar Champion Courtney, Doohan completed 15 laps in two stints of the 3.1km circuit.

Doohan says he loved the experience, but realises that he has some way to go before making a road racing debut.

“The opportunity to have a run in one of the Toll Holden Racing Team Commodores was great,” Doohan said.

“It was a lot of fun but after a few laps I think I’m a fair way from going racing again.

Mick Doohan in the Toll Holden Racing Team T2 ride car

Mick Doohan in the Toll Holden Racing Team T2 ride car at Queensland Raceway today

“I’d only had a small opportunity a few years ago to drive one of these cars and it was the first time I’d ever been around this circuit, so it was good to do a couple of laps with James and see what he was doing.

“I was looking at his hands and feet, trying to work off him as much as I could – James is a quality driver no doubt about that.”

Courtney was impressed with how quickly he adapted.

“Mick came for a ride with me first and it was an honour for me to be able to take him around and show him what we can do – to have a guy of his calibre listening to me is pretty cool,” Courtney said.

“He clearly listened to everything I had to tell him about the car and circuit, he went out there and was straight on it which surprised everyone.

“He was pushing the car and hitting the braking marks. It showed that regardless of two wheels or four Mick’s pretty impressive – I think he did a great job.”

The next round of the 2011 V8 Supercars Championship, the Coates Hire 300, takes place at Queensland Raceway on 19-21 August.

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