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Working with a great team
and up for a challenge
Who: Liam O’Donnell
What: Sales manager
Where: Nelson Bays Motor
Group Rutherford St
Good service: Liam O’Donnell’s
rules for success are, ‘‘be polite,
don’t judge and do your best’’.
How long have you been in the
Give or take 10 years.
How long have you been with
NBMG? Five years now and
What do you do? I like to think
What do you enjoy most about
your job? I work for a company
that has my best interests at heart
and is always challenging me. We
have a great team that work well
with each other. I also believe we
give the best customer service in
First car: 1992 Nissan Sentra S,
lowered on white alloys.
What do you drive now? I have
an unforgiving driveway so I
always go for something higher
like a Nissan Dualis or Murano.
Dream car? 1996 Dodge Viper
Outside work, what do you do?
I have three awesome kids,
Connor, Charlotte and Chloe, who
I love to spend time with as they
are growing up fast. My partner
Demelza is understanding and
lets me go mountainbiking and
fishing when work allows.
Top tip: Be polite, don’t judge
and do your best.
Out front: Antonio Cairoli’s team
dominates the World Motocross GP.
On track: Fabien Coulthard won race
21 in the V8 Supercars at Townsville.
Lowndes loses out
The biggest loser in the V8
Supercars Townsville 400 was
Red Bull’s Craig Lowndes who fell
from second place overall to sixth
despite qualifying well. A Did Not
Finish result in the last race hurt
him most. Team-mate Jamie
Wincup, on the other hand,
jumped to second place. Some
very good hard and close racing
saw three different race winners
from the three races. Race 20:
James Courtney 1, Garth Tander
2, Jason Bright 3. Race 21 Fabien
Coulthard 1, Nick Percat 2, Will
Davidson 3. Race 22 Jamie
Wincup 1, Tander 2, Shane van
Gisbergen 3. The three Kiwis had
good points hauls, Scott
McClaughlan finishing 4th, 4th
and 9th, van Gisbergen 6th, 5th,
3rd and Coulthard 14th, 1st, 14th.
Overall points: Winterbottom
1634, 1, Wincup 1538, 2, Coulthard
1361, 3. Next round is the
Townsville 500, from August 1-3.
Touring car thrills
Thanks to TV3 for covering the
mid-season round of the World
Touring Car Championship series.
Big fields and hard, close racing
make this a great-to-watch
series. Citroen, Honda and Lada
all have big teams with big-name
drivers like Monteiro, Tarquini,
Coronel, Morbidelli and seven-
time WRC Champion Sebastien
Loeb. Mid season points: Jose
Lopez (Citroen) 1, Yvan Muller
(Citroen) 2, Sebastien Loeb
(Citroen) 190, 3. Next round is
Argentina on August 3.
For the first time since his
devastating accident Michael
Schumacher’s wife has spoken
out. Corinna Schumacher
revealed the racing driver has
begun to recognise her voice
after months in an induced coma.
He was recently transferred to a
clinic near his Swiss home.
Corinna, married to Michael for
19 years, and their daughter 17
and son 15, have been by his
bedside all along. Schumacher,
45, spent 170 days in hospital in
Grenoble, France, earlier.
Keeping it British
The British love nothing more
than for one of their own to win
this leg of the F1 series and Lewis
Hamilton duly obliged. The
Mercedes team have now won
every race this season, team
drivers Hamilton winning 5 and
Roseberg 3. It was though Nico
Rosberg’s turn to have a
mechanical failure to hand the
win to Hamilton. Second place
went to Valtteri Bottas (Williams)
and Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull
Renault) was third. Overall
Points: Rosberg 165, Hamilton 161,
Marquez’s 9 from 9
Rain again caused some
confusion in the MotoGP
Germany warm-up as riders had
to decide on dry or wet tyres.
Most of the frontrunners decided
to start from the pit lane. Marc
Marquez (Repsol Honda) was in
superb form once again to make
it nine wins from nine, cutting
through the pack in a chaotic first
few laps and eventually pulling
clear at the front of the race with
team-mate Dani Pedrosa, who
would ultimately cross the line 1.5
sec behind him. A further nine
seconds back Jorge Lorenzo
(Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) made
a welcome return to the podium
before the summer break.
Valentino Rossi (Movistar
Yamaha MotoGP) rode a
lonely race to fourth place.
Overall Marquez leads on 225pts,
Pedrosa 2nd 148pts and Rossi
Unforgiving Round 13
Round 13 of the FIM Motocross
World championship was
unforgiving, to say the least, with
the track embodying a full variety
of dirt compound and obstacles,
putting the riders and the teams
to the test as they strived for the
perfect suspension set-up and
tire choices for the more-or-less
indecipherable circuit. A world
championship in any sport is not
supposed to be easy, but the Red
Bull Racing/KTM duo of Antonio
Cairoli and Jeffrey Herlings could
have fooled you, dominating both
MXGP and MX2, extending their
leads even further. MXGP overall
points: 1st Cairoli 577, 2nd Van
Horebeek 515, 3rd Desalle 470.
MX2: 1st Herlings 594, 2nd Tixier
449, 3rd Febvre 416.
This week it’s Kartsport Nelson’s
long-time announcer, Gary
Brown, or as he is more
commonly known, Brownie!
❚ Chris McQuade, ‘‘Macca’’, is
sales manager at The Car
Company Ltd, and welcomes tips
or feedback on (03) 546 6553,
027 484 7444 or email
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