Jason Busks in glory
MOTORSPORT: Gladstone's Jason Busk has had the experience of a lifetime when he recently competed in the 12-Hour Bathurst event.
Busk, 47, was a part of a three-driver team made up of Geoff Taunton of the Gold Coast and exciting Darwin youngster Bryce Fullwood.
The trio were a part of the Invitational class where they took stints behind the wheel of a March Ford Focus V8 552 horsepower purpose-built endurance car.
"We finished 25th out of 52 drivers and fourth in our class," Busk said of his experience at the setting of Australia's number one race - Bathurst 500.
"To be on the track at the same time as Mark Winterbottom, Craig Lowndes, Glenn Seton and the whole shooting match was just amazing."
Busk, who owns the Gladrock Transport business, was star-struck and said there was a job to do and that's to concentrate for the whole 12 hours.
"There were such a variety of cars and you had to be on your game," Busk said.
"The car got clipped a couple of times and there was a Lamborghini that gave the car a couple of love taps."
His biggest concern was 'getting in the road'.
"Once I practised, I was more confident and it was really about preservation," Busk said.
He said observing the manner in which the mechanics plied their trade was an eye-opener as well.
"The professionalism of the mechanics and team-work was just phenomenal to watch," Busk said.
He said the best tip was to not be concerned about the walls.
"All you look at is your lines and get into a zone...don't look at the walls," Busk said.
"You have got to respect the track."
Busk only got involved with motor sport 15 years and said the Bathurst experience was like no other.
"It's well and truly the pinnacle for me and a life-long dream," Busk said.
"There's no hesitation to do it again in 2018."