Mackay's boys in blue were first on the scene to escort Roland Legge around River Street.
Mackay's boys in blue were first on the scene to escort Roland Legge around River Street. Madolyn Peters

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MOTORSPORT: A Formula 3 race car is good for 100kmh in first gear and is extremely physical, according to Mackay racer Roland Legge.

"You sit in the seat which is basically sitting on the floor so when the bottom of the car hits the ground you feel everything through your body," he said.

The 19-year-old is used to a few bumps and bruises on the track.

"At the end of a weekend you're covered in bruises. Your neck is sore and your arms are sore," he said.

"At the end of the race all the drivers get out and we're all a bit jittery and shaking with adrenaline.

"Not so much yesterday when I was cruising down the street, I didn't even get out of first gear," he laughed.

Former St Pat's student Legge drove along River St every day to get to school, but it was a different ride at the weekend.

His race car hummed along the road as people lined the streets to get a look at the only F3 car in Mackay.

"I've driven down that street probably hundreds of times before but never in a race car," Legge said.

"I knew every bump and every little crease in the road but I felt them a bit more.

"It bottomed out a few times but it does that on the race track as well."

Legge said the street run made him more nervous than lining up for a race.

"You know what's going to happen when you're on the track," he said.

Legge spent Sunday at the Mechanos Wings and Wheels events, where the most asked question about his car was "how fast does it go?".

"People are always shocked when I drop the number and say it goes about 250kmh," he said.

"They're like, 'Really this little thing?'"

It was this little thing that won Legge round four of the Australian Formula 3 series.

He next competes at Phillip Island on September 9 for the second last race of the series.

"Phillip Island is definitely the track that's hardest on your body because the corners are so long and fast," he said.

"The car is so low and your line of sight is low and you can't see anything so you have guessed a lot of the time where corners are."

Did you know?

  •  Roland Legge test drove his first race car before he even had P-plates.
  •  When he was 16 years old his dad said "we're going to go test a car in Adelaide in five days so you better start training and get fit".


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