Young fan shares special moment with Jess Dane

  • Repco Supercars Championship
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  • 09/11/2021
  • By Charlie Bullis

A young Red Bull Ampol Racing fan has been given an experience to remember, getting up close with Shane van Gisbergen's car and winning trophy.

Eight-year-old Nicola attended last weekend’s Bunnings Trade Sydney SuperNight, and returned to Sydney Motorsport Park on Saturday for her second consecutive race weekend.

Accompanied by her father Mahlon, Nicola met the Red Bull Ampol Racing Team during a grid walk and asked to see van Gisbergen's Race 23 silverware.

She also got a photo with Triple Eight co-owner Jess Dane and van Gisbergen’s trophy.

"It was awesome," Nicola told

"I asked to see the trophy and the team organised it for me.

"I have been a fan of Jamie [Whincup] and Gizzy  for two years."

It was a thrilling experience for Nicola who attended her first Bathurst 1000 last year.

The father-daughter duo braved the elements to watch the rain-soaked Race 25, which was won by Jamie Whincup.

Nicola with Team Manager Mark Dutton

Nicola and Mahlon watched all the action from the pit lane roof.

"The green Holden Motorsport that I bought is probably where it all began," Mahlon said of his daughter's interest in Supercars.

"First, she was interested in Holden, then in motorsport.

"Her favourite driver is Jamie Whincup, but Shane keeps winning, so Nicola might have two favourites now."

They plan to attend all four weekends at Sydney Motorsport Park, before travelling to Mount Panorama for the Repco Bathurst 1000.

Nicola with the #97 Red Bull Ampol Racing Commodore

Sydney Motorsport Park will host its third consecutive weekend of racing this weekend.  Click here to purchase tickets.

The two-day three-race event is offering family discounts, with a family pass on offer for just $98 (two adults, two children - 15 & under). 

The 2021 Repco Supercars Championship will resume this weekend at the BP Ultimate Sydney SuperSprint.

Tickets for the two upcoming Sydney events are on sale now.

Every session of the event will be broadcast live on Foxtel (Fox Sports 506) and streamed on Kayo. The Seven Network will showcase highlights of the event.

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