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For Team PAYCE drivers, Scott McLaughlin, James Moffat and David Wall it was back to basics when they made their final stop of a fun-packed two-day visit to Townsville ahead of this year's Townsville 400 Supercars round.

Following their trips to two schools to deliver road safety messages and after having sampled some of the local tourist attractions, they checked out a collection of the weird and wonderful billy carts that were built to contest this year's Billy Cart Dash to be held over the coming weekend at Jezzine Barracks.

The boys were invited to participate in the official launch of the event that would have 35 teams taking on the challenging downhill obstacle course that commences with a hefty push of the cart by the starting crew and then snaking down the hill around strategically placed hay bales.

As Scott McLaughlin said with a laugh: "It's a perfect way to enter the motorsports industry."

Billy Cart Dash Proceeds Going to That Most Worthy Children`s Charity, Variety – Brian Boyd

PAYCE's Managing Director, Brian Boyd said it was a great way to cap off what had been a great two days of showing support for Townsville and its community, as well as the upcoming round of Supercars.

"The people of Townsville certainly know how to make their visitors welcome and everywhere the boys went, the red carpet was rolled out and their visit was comprehensively reported by radio, television and local press," Brian Boyd said.

"I was particularly pleased that PAYCE and Wingate Properties could facilitate the drivers' involvement with the promotion of the annual Billy Cart Dash, as it is one of the biggest and important fundraisers in the region, with all proceeds going to that most worthy children's charity, Variety," continued Brian Boyd.

Drivers Looking Forward to Taking on the Challenging Townsville Track – Brian Boyd

"The billy carts were certainly a fun way for the boys to wrap up their visit and a change of pace and technology compared to the V8 Supercars they are used to.

"The boys expressed their thanks for the visit and are looking forward to a return in a couple of weeks to take on the challenging Townsville track and go racing," Brian Boyd said.

This Year`s 'Dash a Great Success – Brian Boyd

The annual Billy Cart Dash is open to everyone – kids, adults who are kids at heart, families, schools, corporate, defence and sporting clubs.

Trophies were awarded this year in a number of categories, including fastest cart, best decorated cart and highest fundraiser. The top 10 billy carts selected by the judges won three-day passes to this year's Townsville 400 and the carts will be on display at the event.

The Billy Cart Dash featured a range of fun-oriented entertainment, including a celebrity race, the Defence Cup Challenge, a downhill demonstration of longboards and luges and an outside broadcast by popular 4TO announcer, Glenn ""Minty" Mintern, well known to motorsport fans for his coverage of racing at the Townsville 400 each year.

Celebrating its fifth year, the event was again a great success, with teams entering every type of design imaginable – from sleek machines with air brakes, to bath tubs with very suspect braking. Even the original soap box design with rope steering is still in vogue, along with weird and wonderful designs that resembled dinosaurs, sharks and a T model Ford (naturally painted black, the only colour it originally came in).

This year, the local William Ross State High School entry was designed and built as part of the school's curriculum, after the students came up with a range of design ideas, involving technical drawing, aerodynamics and learning to work with materials such as fibreglass and metal.

Overall winner of the 2016 Dash and winner of the Family category was Spidermonkeys in their "Henry the First" cart. The Defence Cup Challenge was won by the Chair Force 1 team from the local RAAF base.

All monies raised at this year's Dash were donated to Variety – the Children's Charity of Queensland, a non-profit organisation supporting kids who are sick, disadvantaged or who have special needs.

Media contact: Bill Smith