Ricciardo thrills revheads at Motorplex
Motorsport fans spent last Sunday being entertained by some of the world's biggest stars at the inaugural Perth Speed Fest.
A 9000-strong crowd watched in awe as drivers and riders from 25 different forms of motorsport put their vehicles through their paces on the five custom tracks at Perth Motorplex.
Formula One fans were thrilled to see WA's own F1 ace Daniel Ricciardo in action as well as Australia's only living F1 world champion Alan Jones.
In a historic moment, Jones kicked off the event, driving his father's famous Maybach III as part of the 1950s vintage display, while Ricciardo drove the 2011 world championship-winning Red Bull Racing RB7 in a series of drag challenges.
Ricciardo said he enjoyed the atmosphere of the event and the vibe from his home crowd.
"It was really special to get out there and put on a show for the fans in Perth and bring the F1 car to them," he said.
"It's not every day you get to see and drive against this many different cars and bikes and it was a great way to wrap up the season for everyone at Red Bull Racing."
The day culminated in a head-to-head clash between Ricciardo and local drag racing star Craig Glassby in his Top Alcohol Funny Car. Glassby previously held the world record for the fastest quarter mile and was faster than Ricciardo in the ultimate test of speed by 1.764sec.
"My car is built to go fast and straight; it would've been a different story if we had to turn around and come back - Daniel would've had me covered, and time for a cup of tea I reckon!" Also getting behind the wheel to put on a show for the crowds were V8 Supercars drivers and brothers Will and Alex Davison and the fun wasn't just restricted to those on four wheels. Australian MotoGP rider Jack Miller, 2014 Australasian Superbike champion Wayne Maxwell and Freestyle Motocross legend Josh Sheehan also demonstrated first-class showmanship on the day.
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