Australian Kangaroos Rugby League squad scrum down at Donington Park
Seven members of the Australian Kangaroos Rugby League Squad took time out from their Four Nations campaign to get behind the wheel of an assortment of supercars at Donington Park today (31 October).
Fresh from Friday’s dominant 54-12 defeat of Scotland in the tournament opener, players Greg Inglis, Trent Merrin, Shannon Boyd, Boyd Cordner, Matt Gillett, Tyson Frizell and Josh Mansour strapped themselves in and hit speeds well in excess of 100mph on Donington’s renowned straights and challenging corners.
The players got behind the wheel of high performance cars including a 650 horsepower McLaren MP4, Jaguar F Type, Nissan GT-R, Ariel Atom and a Honda Civic Type-R, courtesy of drivinggift.co.uk.
The Kangaroos are the most successful side in Rugby League World Cup history, having won the trophy 10 times, and are favourites to win the Four Nations.
Greg Inglis, regarded as one of the biggest Rugby League stars in the world, had his first experience on track at Donington, and commented: “Donington is a beautiful circuit and it’s been great to come here and have a play in a McLaren and the other awesome cars. It’s a very special track, a really fun day and it’s been great to give it a go!”
Mansour, who scored two tries against Scotland added: “I’ve absolutely loved it, it’s been an awesome experience; the McLaren and Nissan GT-R were my favourite cars and it’s a great bit of motivation ahead of the New Zealand game.
“I’m not sure I’m cut out to be a racing driver, but I’d love to take one of these cars around my neighbourhood back home!”
The Kangaroos return to Four Nations action this weekend, facing rivals New Zealand on Saturday at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry, before a crucial clash with England on 13 November at the London Stadium in the Olympic Park.
But what is more of a challenge, speeding around Donington Park, or facing the England team at the London Stadium? Inglis joked: “I can’t answer that! It’s a different sport and I’m not a professional driver but both are pretty tough!” Mansour added: “The race track is definitely harder than the England Rugby Team! Nah, they’re both pretty competitive and this was my first time out on track and I’ve loved it, and I’d love to come back here in the future.”
For more information on events at Donington, visit www.donington-park.co.uk.