IPSWICH V8 Supercar driver Ash Walsh proved himself to be just as much a pro at public speaking as he is on the track during a presentation on road safety to Karalee State School students yesterday.
Walsh joined fellow Dick Johnson racing team member Scott Pye in the presentation that highlighted the high-level safety measures taken by drivers and to stress the importance of adhering to safety measures in day-to-day driving.
The students were all ears as the duo spoke.
The school was also appreciative of the 10 ipads that the drivers presented to the two school captains on behalf of V8 Supercars.
Walsh, who leads the Dunlop V8 Supercar Series, said he was a novice at speaking to kids and stressed how much he enjoyed being back in his home community ahead of next week's Coates Hire Ipswich 400.
"I've never had the experience of coming out in front of the school kids and showing the V8 SuperSafe initiatives before. It was a lot of fun," he said.
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"A lot of the kids probably don't realise the amount of safety aspects that go into the race cars.
"We get to see it every day, but it is good to point out to them that it is not just about jumping in the car and driving around as fast as you want."
Walsh said he was thrilled to be back on home territory.
"But I love coming here to race in front of my friends and family.
"I don't get to do it too many times a year."
Walsh has been in strong form this year and is looking to extend his lead in the Dunlop Series, although rues not winning two races that he should have in Townsville and Adelaide
"We could have been leading the championship by 250 points so I am not as comfortable as I would have liked to have been," he said.
"But I am definitely happy with the team and my performances."
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