GOLD COAST V8 ute driver Cam Wilson is betting on third time lucky at his hotly anticipated outing at the Wilson Security Sandown 500 from September 12 to 14.
It will be Wilson’s first race start in the 2014 season after two horror crashes put him out of contention – the first at the Gold Coast 600 in October 2013 and the second at the Adelaide Clipsal 500 earlier this year.
On both occasions, Wilson, 40, was not at fault and barely escaped with his life while two brand new V8 utes were totaled.
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Now with his third $70,000 Ford V8 ute primed and ready, Wilson is optimistic about his chances in the qualifiers at Sandown, the track just a stone’s throw from Wilson’s childhood home in Melbourne.
“Sandown is a track that I enjoy very much. I grew up just around the corner from the track so I feel very much at home there. It promises to be a bit of a homecoming,” Wilson said.
“The last time I competed there, in the production car class in 2011, I took pole position and am confident of good placing this time round.”
Wilson also made national headlines in February 2014 when he smashed a Guinness World Record for the longest distance covered by an indoor go kart in 24 hours, completing a distance of 604kms (101km more than the previous record) to raise thousands for Huntingtons Queensland.
Huntington’s Disease (HD) is a cause close to Wilson’s heart, with his father Murray, 66, having died from the disease and Wilson unsure yet whether he has inherited the condition.