SPORTS, media and television personalities have undertaken driver training with professional coaching at Arise Racing around the 2.41km racetrack at Barbagallo Raceway.
Australian Survivor contestant Kate Campbell was one of the seven women who took part in the 20-lap course.
Campbell, who in a time of 62.37 seconds was the highest placed woman and seventh overall, said it was an awesome experience.
“I’m feeling amazing, this is one of the best highs ever,’’ she said.
“Even after a little spin out.
“I found it really helpful having a coach next to me, it really increased my confidence and helped me get the gear changes and where I needed to be on the track which meant I could really get my corner speed up.
“I think everyone and anyone would enjoy this experience, even those who suffer from a lot of fear who think they can’t do it – it makes your adrenaline go through the roof and makes you feel like you can accomplish anything.’’
An Arise Racing spokeswoman said the Top Gear-style lap challenge attracted Australian cricketers Mitchell Johnson and Adam Gilchrist, Fremantle Dockers captain Nat Fyfe and team mate Stephen Hill, West Coast Eagle Brad Sheppard, professional golfer Brett Rumford, Olympian Steve Hooker and former World Rally Championship driver Alister McRae, and five Wildcats players.
McRae finished on top of the leaderboard with a fast time of 59.17 seconds.
Campbell, who raced go-karts as a youngster, was 3.2 seconds off McRae’s time.
Also taking the wheel was another Australian Survivor contestant Sam Webb, media personalities Nathan Morris, Nat Locke and Shaun McManus from the Nova Breakfast crew, Ben O’Shea from The West Australian, Mark Readings from Today Tonight and Sherri-Lee Biggs from Channel Nine News who all posted competitive times on the Arise Racing leaderboard.
The opposite to the famous British Top Gear television show segment of timed laps in a reasonably priced car, the Arise Racing Lap Challenge was in the world’s fastest production race car, the open-topped and incredibly quick Radical SR3RS that reaches 100km/h in 3.1 seconds.
Just over 10 seconds separated first from last and just 1.27 seconds separating the top three.
Olympic gold medallist and driving enthusiast Steve Hooker finished the best of the rest clocking an impressive time of 60.11, less than one second behind McRae.
Fremantle Dockers captain Nat Fyfe held third place for several weeks with a time of 61.18 seconds but was beaten by PGA golfer and winner of the Perth International Super Six Brett Rumford who posted an impressive time of 60.44 seconds – it was his first race experience.
Campbell was just 0.05 seconds faster than her television co-competitor Sam Webb.
Second fastest female with a time of 64.01 was pocket rocket Olympic gymnast and soon to be Ninja Warrior representing Australia in the US hit series, Olivia Vivian.
One second behind was former Miss Universe Australia and Channel Nine weather presenter Sherri-Lee Biggs, rounding out the top three females.
Arise Racing team principal Adam Lisle said the lap challenge was a fun way to promote Arise Racing’s corporate motorsport events, driver training and the team’s state-of-the-art facility.
“There’s nothing quite like a little healthy competition while experiencing the exhilaration of pushing yourself and the car to the limits and nothing beats the feeling of racing at speed with confidence,” he said.
Lisle said that he was considering making the lap challenge an annual event.
Times were not recorded from the Perth Wildcats, the most successful NBL team of all time with eight championship titles including 2017.
Damian Martin, Greg Hire, Casey Prather, Jarrod Kenny and Corban Wroe have been invited back during dry weather.