'The Faster Pastor' feels the need, the need for speed

ADRENALINE RUSH: Grace Christian Church Pastor David Smith enjoys the world of race car driving.
ADRENALINE RUSH: Grace Christian Church Pastor David Smith enjoys the world of race car driving. Claudia Baxter
Grace Christian Church pastor David Smith driving his MX5 at Queensland Raceway sprints. Photo: Claudia Baxter / The Queensland Times
Grace Christian Church pastor David Smith driving his MX5 at Queensland Raceway sprints. Photo: Claudia Baxter / The Queensland Times Claudia Baxter

DON'T be fooled by Pastor David Smith's angelic demeanour.

The 67-year-old might spend most of his time preaching the word of God, but once he's on the racetrack he becomes a demon - a speed demon.

For the past three years, the senior minister of the Grace Christian Church at Redbank Plains has been strapped into the fast and furious world of race car driving.

When he's not behind the pulpit, he's behind the wheel of his Mazda MX-5 zooming around Queensland Raceway at speeds in excess of 170kmh.

No wonder people call him 'The Faster Pastor' - a nickname which has been printed on the side of his vehicle.

"I've always been interested in motor racing," the grandfather of five said.

"I got involved in the sport when a friend informed me how I could take part in the sprints in Willowbank.

"The first time I raced I drove the family car, then I used my wife's car ... now I drive in the Mazda which I purchased off Queensland Raceway."

Ps Smith has become a regular in the time-attack racing events where drivers strive for their best time in individual runs.

"Because I am a pastor, some people are sceptical when they find out I also compete in race car driving," he said.

"I get a bit of friendly teasing ... I've been called all sorts of things, my son's even made me a hat with 'Rev'n Rev' on it.

"But I love how the adrenaline kicks in when I am on the track - it's such a rush."

While other drivers might pray for a good lap time before a race, Ps Smith said he never bothered the Lord with such requests.

"I'm not after any favours," he said. "Each time I am out there I am just trying to stay competitive and improve my times."

Topics:  mazda mx5, queensland raceway

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