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34 NT NEWS. Friday, June 14, 2013. www.ntnews.com.au P U B : N T N E W S D A T E : 1 4 -J U N -2 0 1 3 P A G E : 3 4 C O L O R : C M Y K Drag racing royalty takes centre stage atHiddenValley V8s I F there is one single person that deserves the King of the quartermile title, its Victor Bray. And theman and hismightymachinewill be putting on spectacular display runs during the SKYCITY Triple CrownV8 Supercars Hidden Valleyweekend. Bray and his 57 Chev Doorslammermake up the nations best known combination in the frenetic world of professional drag racing and littlewonder, given that he has devoted a lifetime of commitment to his chosen sport. Bray left high school for a two-year stint at an agricultural collegewhile working on the family tomato farm and started racing at the age of 18 and has never stopped. His record of achievement is simply remarkable havingwon the Australian Top Doorslammer Championship on no less than six occasions and, together with his son Ben, the racing duo have eight ANDRAPro Series Championship titles. As for his performance on the drag strip, try an elapsed time of 6 secondswith a top speed of 245.77mph (395.52km/h). Bray gained international famewhen in 1996 he leap-froggedworld standards and became the driver and owner of the fastest Doorslammer drag car on the planet. Over the next few years, Bray lost theworld record, but had the habit of grabbing it back to keep the dreamof a Queensland tomato farmerwell and truly alive. After an enduring sponsorshipwith Castrol, Bray now races for Sidchrome Tools, making him the fastest spanner man at HiddenValley and a motorsport legend not tomiss. MATTMINGAY STUNTMANSUPERSTAR W HEN fans at the SKYCITY Triple CrownV8 Supercars Hidden Valley eventwitnessMatt Mingay perform seemingly impossiblemotorcycle stunts around the circuit, they are actuallywatching a person world-renowned as one of the best in the business. Sowho is theman in the helmet?Who isMattMingay? Life in the high-risk, high adrenalineworld of stunt riding began for the former apprenticemotorcycle mechanic at age 22when he won a road bike stunt competition. Then just 12 months later he threw in his mechanics job to become a full-time professional performer. Performances at prestigious events including V8 Supercars,World Superbikes, Moto GP, and Formula 1 soon became part of this super stuntmans life, and then he came toworld attention in the biggestway possible. Tom Cruise is a Hollywood superstar and it wasMatt Mingay thatwas selected as his stunt double in the blockbustermovieMission Impossible 2. Since that time he has performed in a string of Hollywood and Bollywood movies, commercials, and of course in his stunning on track shows at race tracks including Darwins Hidden Valley. He is also a regular on the cover ofmotorcycle magazines, plus other mainstreampublications includingRalph, FHM, Zoo, and People. Nowwith his own company Stuntz Inc. and a teamof performersMattMingay has made the total transformation frommotorcyclemechanic to stuntman superstar. Riding his Harley Davidson bikes, Matt holds records for the fastest stoppie at 211kph, the fastest wheelie at 225kph for 1km, and the most donuts in aminute, 24! SeeMattMingay and the Stuntz Inc. teamperform stunt bike and drift ute demonstrations on track throughout theweek, and catch him in the paddock for an autograph or photograph. Harris hot to defend Valley V8Ute title Ryal Harris won the V8 Utes round in Darwin last year Rhys McNallyR EIGNING champRyal Harris is keen to further defend his Round 3 title of the Auto OneV8Ute Racing Series at Hidden Valley thisweekend. A full field of 32 uteswill go head to head in the Top End for one of themost popular rounds on the series calendar. Harris won the Darwin round last year andwill be looking forward tomaintaining his lead in the ENZEDDrivers Championship, howeverwill be keeping an eye onHolden Hot Shot Stormin Rhys McNally, who is right on his heels in second. The Perth driverwas a class act on his home track and his current form has been the surprise of 2013. Last year sawHarriss first podium in the Top End and hes looking forward to going for No. 2. We definitelywant another podium in Darwin in 2011we should havewon it but I spun out under brakes, Harris said. Ivewon the final race the last two years in a row I love the Race 4 format. By Race 3, everyone has very average tyres and the carsmove around a lot, which requires someman handling and some finessewith your right foot. I also cant wait for the new qualifying format. Kim The Assassin Jane is themost successful driver in the current series at Darwin, with podium finishes in 2006, 2008, 2010 and 2011. Amassive roll-over at turn one in Race 3 last year handicappedwhatwas looking to be a strongweekend, however the teammanaged to have the Bob JaneHolden back on track for Race 4. Yes, Im hoping to keep four wheels on the track this year, Jane said. The guys did a massive job turning the ute around in time last year. I havent had a great start to the year so lets hope that Darwin will be good tome this year. The V8Ute Series has now raced at Hidden Valley nine years in a row.