Superstar Price eyes Bathurst drive

Tuesday 26 May, 2020
Toby Price at the 2019 Tatts Finke Desert Race.
(Photo: Brett Hemmings/Red Bull Content Pool)
Off Road international superstar Toby Price has revealed his desire to one day compete at Mount Panorama, potentially in the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship.
 
The Gold Coast based driver has enjoyed a successful predominantly two-wheel career over the past 10 years, which has seen him win the prestigious Dakar Rally two times, the Tatts Finke Desert Race six times and a host of other international and national titles. 
 
With Price still has plenty he wants to achieve on a motorbike, a career on exclusively four wheels is something the 32-year-old can see in his long term future, in either a trophy truck or Can-Am and maybe even behind the wheel of a Supercar at Australia’s most historic circuit.
 
The desire to race at Bathurst only grew stronger after recently being part of the Supercars BP Eseries Celebrity Race earlier this month.
 
With the simulated race also set at the iconic Bathurst track, Price had a night to forget on the simulator, but there is no doubting his eagerness to compete in Australia’s biggest race, the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000.

 
Speaking one-on-one in a special Motorsport Australia video chat with Greg Rust, Price admitted there had certainly been discussions about turning his Bathurst dream into a reality. 
 
“The real deal Bathurst is 100 per cent on the bucket list for me,” Price said.
 
“I have been stirring up Chad Reed about getting into the real deal and competing at Bathurst 1000 one year as a wildcard entry. 
 
"While the simulator race didn’t quite go to plan. I made it entertaining. I lay on my roof for about two laps and it was still fun.
 

“It (the celebrity race) was a good fun event and I now have my own simulator so I have been practicing quite a lot.”

While Price might still be a few years away from actually committing to a drive in the great race and a four wheel career, he believes he is on the right track with his development.
 
“A lot of people kind of give me slack about moving to four wheels but the program doesn’t come easy. Nothing doesn’t really come easy in life,” Price explained.
 
“There are lot of guys in four wheels who can drive cars and there aren’t many seats available. It’s the exact same thing as a motorcycle. 
 
“I didn’t just land on a Dakar ride overnight, it’s a four or five year plan. I am just trying to start a little bit early to get that driving time under the belt. Any bit of experience will help me in the future.”
 
Watch Toby Price’s full interview with Greg Rust in the video below.

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