Mt Isa Hose Doctor Phil Bodey experienced the week of a lifetime at the recent running of the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 at Mount Panorama.
Bodey, as he likes to be referred to, is an experienced Moto-X rider and was the lucky winner of the Hose Doctor of the Year, which saw him join Tickford Racing and ENZED’s Cam Waters as a team member for the Bathurst event. Tending to Cam’s #6 Monster Energy Ford Mustang throughout the event, Bodey witnessed the highs of watching Cam qualifying for the Top-10 Shootout after engine gremlins almost curtailed things during a fraught Friday afternoon in the rain and the lows of missing out on a genuine podium result.
Race day saw huge frustration for Waters and his team, despite showing front-running race pace throughout the day, when contact from his team mate on lap 123 necessitated running repairs during Sunday’s race, with Bodey part of the all-hands-on-deck outfit that saw Waters re-joining the race a number of laps behind the leaders and down in an unrepresentative 20th position at race-end.
Reflecting on the weekend, Bodey couldn’t hold back his appreciation and enthusiasm for what he had experienced.
“When I first arrived the team gave me the full kit of gear to wear and I thought it was just on loan, but it was mine to keep, which I was rapt about, and then the rest of the week was incredible and just a blur. At first I was a little cautious about what I was able to do because the Tickford crew are a really well-oiled outfit, but as the week went on I was doing more and more to contribute to the prep of the car, and was happy to muck-in when we were changing gearboxes and the clutch on Friday. The cars are very technical and I enjoyed understanding them more as the days went on.
“It was an absolute privilege to see it all up close and I really felt like I was part of the team throughout. When Cam had his Sunday dramas late-race I was just gutted, but before I knew it the team were springing into action to get the car back on track and everybody was part of the process.
“I think the initiative by ENZED to make this happen was just gold, and it would be great if others were able to experience what I did. Being on the grid before the race was a ‘bucket list’ experience and I left Bathurst with so many great memories. I really hope the prize is up for grabs again next year and I will be doing everything I can to win it again. It was just an absolutely unreal week all round”.