Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

COURTNEY MAKING RACEWAY CHARGE; Rising Racerhas Edge atWillowbank

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

COURTNEY MAKING RACEWAY CHARGE; Rising Racerhas Edge atWillowbank

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Fan fun

Rising championship threat James Courtney will be among the Supercars drivers at today's free Community Fun Day at Churchill.

The drivers will be on hand to meet fans, sign autographs and have photos taken from 11am-noon at Coates Hire, 63 Lobb St Churchill.

Today is also when the popular Transporter Parade travels into Ipswich's CBD. The spectacular parade of Supercars rigs starts at Queensland Raceway at noon, reaching the mall around 12.30pm.

DAVID

LEMS

david.lems@qt.com.au

WHEN Supercars driver James Courtney was keeping a keen eye on the racing at Willowbank early this month, it wasn't a spying mission for this weekend's Coates Hire SuperSprint series.

The Ipswich "everywhere'' man was enjoying another visit to the city supporting his JC Karts team competing at the Australian championships.

Having been a world championship kart racer before his 10 year stint with Supercars, Courtney still gets a buzz at the Ipswich Kart complex, next door to this weekend's racing hub at Queensland Raceway.

"I've been fortunate enough to have a lot of people back me and follow me through my racing so I'm a big believer in paying that forward,'' the Gold Coast-based racer said.

"Just helping out where I can and really enjoying the grassroots level and giving a bit back to a sport that has given me so much.''

This weekend, his focus returns to the exciting Supercars championship races in Ipswich.

Courtney has moved into ninth spot overall after a successful weekend at the previous round in Townsville.

Courtney, 36, finished second in Sunday's race after a sixth on Saturday in his Holden Commodore.

"Townsville was great. The last four years I've been second there so it's a track that's been quite good to us,'' he said.

Courtney has amassed 1149 points from the first 15 races, just 396 behind championship leader Jamie Whincup at the midway point of the season. …

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