Tonne of fun with the D-Max Team at the Royal Bathurst Show | Video

It’s been an interesting past week for this journalist.

D-MAX TIME: Western Advocate reporter Bradley Jurd and Team Isuzu D-Max driver Laurence Cripps. Photo: NADINE MORTON

D-MAX TIME: Western Advocate reporter Bradley Jurd and Team Isuzu D-Max driver Laurence Cripps. Photo: NADINE MORTON

A flight in a light aircraft after Soar, Ride and Shine on Sunday, on the radio live on Tuesday for 2MCE and now getting behind the wheel in a Isuzu D-Max on Friday.

Laurence Cripps was my driver as the D-Max went driving round the Bathurst Showground in reverse, up close to the other cars, breaking and turning hard and one of the D-Maxes was up on just two wheels.

The drive lasted for almost 15 minutes and every moment was extremely exciting. 

The D-Max peaked at speeds of almost 100 kilometres and was driving on very dry surface, that was briefly watered beforehand.

Team Isuzu Team D-Max leading driver Jack Monkhouse said the Royal Bathurst Show is always an exciting occasion. 

“All our drivers are experienced, with lots of them having a rally car background, so they’re use to driving on the dirt,” he said.

“However, they have to be focused, have their wits about them and be clearly thinking.

“You always have a few near misses but there’s only been a handful of occasions where I’ve told them to turn left and they’ve turned right.” 

Team Isuzu D-Max’s first year at the Royal Bathurst Show was in 2013 and the team has been coming back every year since.

All year round, the team is kept busy by visiting our shows all across Australia, with the team headed to the Gunnedah Show in just a few days time.

“We’ve just come from the Sydney Royal Easter Show,” Mr Monkhouse said.

“The track out here in Bathurst is much smoother but it’s also tighter than the one in Sydney.”