Titans back on track
GOLD Coast Titans players yesterday swapped footy boots for race suits as they took to the go-kart track at Ipswich Motorsport Precinct for a well-earned break from pre-season training.
Scott Prince was joined by team mates Greg Bird, Jordan Rankin, Michael Henderson and Ben Ridge for the heart-stopping 85kmh match race around the tight Willowbank circuit.
It was the first time Prince had returned to the region after helping with flood recovery efforts earlier this year.
The Titans skipper said he was proud to have been able contribute to the flood recovery.
"It was great ... Ipswich is an important part of our Queensland community," Prince said.
"It touched everyone at the Titans so the least we could do was to come here and help the locals tidy up and get back on their feet."
Following a safety briefing and driving instructions from five-time national karting champion Gerry Brookes and V8 Supercar driver Jonathon Webb, the boys hit the track for bragging rights.
Prince said he couldn't wait to hit the tarmac.
"We're just over halfway through week three (of pre-season training) so this is a nice break for us," he said. "A few of the boys fancy themselves in the go-karts and I was one of the first to put my hand up."
When the drivers returned to pit lane it was Greg Bird leading his teammates home but the lock-forward said the heat from his captain was never far away.
"When I was in France we had a go-kart track just down the road from my house so we used to do a bit of it," he said.
"I came in first but Princey was getting used to it and was right on my tail there at the end."