Ford Performance Racing young gun Chaz Mostert has used the Royal Australian Navy to help him prepare for this weekend's Dunlop Series title showdown, driving the Team Navy offshore powerboat around Sydney Harbour.
Mostert reached speeds well over 150kph in the 1000 horsepower boat as he passed iconic landmarks including the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge.
"That was one of the best experiences of my life probably only matched by driving a V8 Supercar," Mostert said.
"Surprisingly it is very similar to driving a V8 Supercar in many ways. The boat can hit 200kph in the right hands and you can feel the grip in the water as you corner the boat.
"I couldn't have done this in a better location either. It was surreal to be driving past the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Opera House at such speeds on such an iconic waterway which has hosted so many special events."
The opportunity came about through FPR's relationship with the Australian Navy which will see two Navy technicians placed at FPR each year for the next five years.
The Navy also supports Mostert's Dunlop Series entry and the Friers Offshore Racing team which runs the dual Australian title-winning boat.
Friers' pilot Chris Frier was impressed with how quickly Mostert adapted to the unfamiliar surrounds especially in the relatively tight confines of the harbour.
Mostert sits third in the Dunlop Series championship heading into this weekend's Homebush finale, 57 points behind the lead with 300 points on offer across two races.