Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24FEATURE Sibling rivalry driven to new levels The Parkes brothers Gary and Scott have taken sibling rivalry to new levels as they battle for the pre-2005 production touring car championship title. Gary and Scott will be taking their competitive relationship onto the track and once buckled into their race cars the two will be going head-to-head in order to prove who is the quickest driver. There is perhaps more pressure on Gary who won the series last year. After a 15-year racing career which has also seen him take up instructing younger racing drivers, Gary is one of the favourites to take the title again. However, Scott, who is new to the series this year and took up racing two years ago, has had a good start to the season and says he fully intends to beat his brother and take the title off him.  “Can Scott come in and Challenge? Absolutely you can,”  said Gary.  “It’s absolutely possible that Scott could come in and beat me as the cars are exactly the same.” Whatever has been done to one car has been done to the other. The only difference between the two cars is that Scott’s is about 30 kilos lighter, so in theory, should be about a quarter of a second quicker each lap. Being evenly matched on track, suggests the glory will be claimed by the brother with the most skill and the most experience. But according to the Parkes, there is another very important ingredient to the mindset of a racing driver – courage. “It is not all down to the car and the skill of the driver” Gary added.  “A lot of it depends on your courage. You are always trying to think one step ahead of everyone else. My car already has some battle scars from the first race at Rockingham.” Older brother Gary hinted at the intensity felt by the siblings in their determination to beat each other to the chequered flag. “In a race,if he’s behind me trying to overtake he’s just not coming past”vowed Gary. “We would both resort to touching,I think,to prevent the other one passing us.” For younger brother Scott staying in front of Gary will be vital even to the point of giving him a friendly nudge. “I would be the same” Scott said,“I would make sure I blocked every single line and change my braking to the point where one of us will have to go off the circuit.” “If Gary was behind me I would vary my driving. I would be braking early sometimes, then late breaking, just to make sure Gary would not be able to predict what I was going to do. If I need to move across to block him, yes I would.” “If Gary did anything unfair and knocked me out of the race,causing me a lot of damage I would be very annoyed.But if it was just a bit of a tap and I spun off then I “In a race, if he’s behind me trying to overtake he’s just not coming past ” 22 Classic Touring Car Racing Club