MEDALS: Supercars drivers Scott McLaughlin and Fabian Coulthard with Maddi Elliott (left) in Newcastle on Tuesday. Picture: Simon McCarthySupercars drivers Scott McLaughlin and Fabian Coulthard knew they were meeting a Newcastle 500 competition winner at Fort Scratchley on Tuesday, but they didn’t expect the Paralympic medals.
Title hopeful McLaughlin and teammate Coulthard were quite impressed with the golden haul they were shown by Maitland’s Maddi Elliott, who will be taken on a “hot lap” of the trackFriday week.
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“I think I made their day,” Elliott said.
But it wasn’t Elliott’s achievements in the swimming pool that has put the two-time Paralympianin the V8 passenger seat, it was simply a bit of luck.
The self-confessed Supercars fan, who turned 20 earlier this month, had entered multipleonline competitions before being randomly selected for this prize.
SPEED: Two-time Paralympian Maddi Elliott overlooks the Newcastle 500 track at Fort Scratchley on Tuesday. Picture: SImon McCarthy
“I’ve actually been a Supercars fan for at least four years, if not more, and I’ve entered that many competitions since 2013, 2014 that it’s not funny.
“I don’t even know which competition I won, but it was obviously a good one. I’m really excited for it next week.”
Elliott, who as a teenager claimednine Paralympic medals acrossLondon 2012 and Rio 2016, said she was “an adrenaline junkie” and looking forward to “a completely different thrill”.
AUTOGRAPHS: Maitland’s Maddi Elliott gets her Supercars Monopoly board signed by driver Fabian Coulthard in Newcastle on Tuesday. Picture: Simon McCarthy
McLaughlin and Coulthard, with Shell V-Power Racing, also signed Elliott’s limited edition Supercars Monopoly board.
No driver has yet to be assigned for the “hot lap”, but Elliott’s favourite isChaz Mostert.
The second edition of the season-ending Newcastle 500 will take place from November 23 to 25.
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