PR Tech racing instructor Brad Shiels: Racing is his life
PR Technology instructional track days are back!
Over the next few weeks, we will be bringing you an inside look at your instructors on the day – what makes them tick and how you can win brownie points with them.
First up in Brad Shiels. The youngest of your instructors and already a veteran on the race track, last year taking part in the Bathurst 12 hour and the Australian GT Championship. What else is in store for this young gun, you might ask?
Brad Shiels Q&A
PR Tech: What got you into motosports?
Brad: My dad Steve got me into racing. He had been racing cars from the time I was born and I was always around the track with him. I then got a kart as a Christmas present off my parents when I was five years old, and raced them until I was 14. At 14 I started racing cars.
PR Tech: What has been the highlight of your career?
Brad: Last year was a huge step forward in my career. Overall the whole year was a highlight for me. I took part in the Bathurst 12 hour and the Australian GT Championship. Getting the opportunity to take my dad for some hot laps around Phillip Island in the Porsche GT3R I was racing was also a pretty special moment for me.
PR Tech: What are you looking forward to this year?
Brad: I’m yet to confirm what I’m doing this year but one thing I am really looking forward to is competing at the World Time Attack Challenge again. I will be driving the same car I drove last year but with some major upgrades, so that is shaping up to be a pretty exciting one.
PR Tech: What’s the worst thing that has happened to you in a race? How did you get yourself out of it?
Brad: The worst thing that has happened to me was actually after a race. Last year at Round 3 of the Australian GT my co-driver and I won the race, and we were ecstatic with the result. Then a couple of hours after the race we were found to have a pit lane infringement and were relegated back to 16th position.
PR Tech: What’s your favourite car to drive? And what would you like to drive?
Brad: The Porsche 997 GT3R that I raced last year is a fantastic car. Any GT car really… they are cool cars to drive, with open wheeler like aero – it makes for a lot of fun.
PR Tech: What do you do when you’re not racing?
Brad: I race. I still have a kart that I race when I’m not in the car. It’s a lot of fun and great training both physically and mentally. Other than that, I do some training on my push bike and a bit of running.
PR Tech: Instruction style – carrot or stick?
Brad: It’s a bit hard to say, everyone is different. I think it’s important to work with each person individually and coach them to their needs and driving style.
PR Tech: What are your tips for drivers?
Brad: It’s important to put your trust in the coach, and listen. We want to get you going faster as much as you do, what we say will work.
PR Technology instructional track days are a good way to learn from the best of the best about racing technique and have some fun with your car at the same time.
The next instructional track day will be on March 11 at Wakefield Park.
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