Supercars and Dunlop Series 2015 Townsville winners Mark Winterbottom and Cameron Waters had the chance to experience the northern Queensland city without their race cars.
Prodrive Racing Australia can boast having the best from both categories in the same garage this year, heading to the Castrol EDGE Townsville 400, where Winterbottom won both races last year and Waters took one of two in the Dunlop Series.
The street circuit has been strong for Winterbottom in the past, and the reigning champion enjoyed the chance to look around before pulling on his race suit in the heat, in two weeks time.
“To stand on that podium's really rewarding so you do earn it – probably here more so than most tracks,” ‘Frosty’ said.
“The people really get behind the event – when you land at the airport, everyone who flies in is here for the race and that’s really cool.”
He and Waters had the opportunity to ride mountain bikes at Castle Hill recently, and Winterbottom enjoyed the chance to check out Townsville without having to focus on the race.
“It’s actually nice to come to town weeks earlier, enjoy it for what it is and still there’s a vibe around town about the race already five weeks out,” he said.
Waters was hopeful a taste of the sunshine and hot weather would give him a slight advantage given his Melbourne counterparts were back in the chilly weather.
“We go from Melbourne which is 10 degrees, come up here and it’s 28, so it’s really nice weather,” he said.
“The whole town gets around [the race] it’s a really good atmosphere and one of the bigger races of the year.”
Wilson Security GRM drivers Scott McLaughlin and James Moffat spent Thursday and Friday last week up in Townsville checking out the sights, while Erebus driver David Reynolds will be there on Monday to see how track setup is going and soak up some sun.