Driver Wayne Udy and navigator Mia Williams took out second place outright in the Targa Great Barrier Reef in Cairns. Picture: Supplied.
Driver Wayne Udy and navigator Mia Williams took out second place outright in the Targa Great Barrier Reef in Cairns. Picture: Supplied.

Airlie Beach driver secures podium finish despite pandemic

LOCKDOWN for many was spent bingeing TV series and dusting off the recipe book in a bid to master the perfect loaf of bread.

However, Killer Racing owner Wayne Udy instead locked himself in his garage to prepare for when he could take to the track again.

Hours spent modifying his New Lotus Exige 410 sports car paid off when he took second place outright and first in class in the Targa Great Barrier Reef in Cairns.

The three-day race was made up of several stages as drivers hurtled through tropical landscapes from Gillies Range and Innisfail.

Wayne Udy's Lotus Exige 410 sports car weighs about 1100kg and has 410 horsepower. Picture: Supplied
Wayne Udy's Lotus Exige 410 sports car weighs about 1100kg and has 410 horsepower. Picture: Supplied

Mr Udy said it was a stark contrast to the circuit racing he was used to but he loved every second.

“The Cairns roads are awesome,” he said.

“The first day was probably the most hectic.

“The roads I’ve driven a little bit from previous years of racing, but I know that they’re pretty unforgiving.

“I wasn’t sure how we were going to go so we were sort of getting used to the car.”

Mr Udy was joined in the car by navigator Mia Williams and the pair also took out the Reef Hotel and Casino GT Sports Trophy.

However, the road to success was not without speed bumps as all of Mr Udy’s sponsors pulled out because of coronavirus.

“It’s been hard this year, with COVID, trying to get sponsors on board,” he said

“But it was nice to come out on top, especially as a privateer.”

Despite taking the track unsponsored and fresh off eight months of no races, Mr Udy said his work on the new car had proved itself against fierce competition.

The Lotus weighs about 1100kg and has 410 horsepower, which he said made it “basically a registered go-kart”.

“It’s a real supercar contender,” he said.

“To drive that car on those kinds of roads is just a dream.”

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As one of just a handful of drivers in the region, Mr Udy hoped his success would encourage other Whitsunday racers to get behind the wheel, and said a new track in Townsville would go a long way in increasing the profile of the sport.

“That will be really good for everyone in this region,” he said.

“It’s going to a track that’s closer and people can start getting their cars out more and having a race.

“It’s a really interesting sport.”

Next on the racing calendar for Killer Racing is the Targa Tasmania scheduled for April 2021.