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Hes not just a pretty face

Hes not just a pretty face

HE considered the pretty boy of the V8 Supercar circuit after winning hearts on popular reality show Dancing with the Stars.

But James Courtney wife of four years Carys, and their oneyearold daughter Zara, keep him grounded.

Mrs Courtney said while it could be nerveracking watching her husband tearing around the track at speeds over 250km/h, she supported his career wholeheartedly.

I am now quite a motorsport fan thanks to James. Before James I had zero interest, it was ball sports or nothing.

I go to as many races as I can. People ask whether it scary having your husband racing _ it is definitely more so if you not at the track. Anything can happen.

But professional athletes don benefit from their partner . . . being anxious, or nervous or fearful.

You have to have faith in their ability.

I have seen him flip . . . cars a few metres away _ and he walked away. You really do have to have confidence in the safety of the category.

Then there the fear of them not doing well by things out of their control _ that tough, but the ups are great and it all worth it at the end of the day.

The couple met in Sydney in 2001 and Carys moved overseas with James as he pursued his career.

He got a great opportunity to race in Japan, so we both went for his career. It was a whole new culture and what a way to see it _ working over there as well.

The couple returned to Australia in 2005 after the opportunity to race in the V8 Supercar Championship series arose.

Mrs Courtney worked as a vet nurse until her daughter Zara was born a year ago and now she is a contented stayathome mum.

I thriving on it, I love it. It nice to be able to be home with her, watching and helping her grow.

Mrs Courtney said Zara went to her first V8 race to cheer Dad on at Hamilton in New Zealand this year but the tot wouldn be coming to Townsville.

He got a podium, so he telling me to bring her to more, so the luck rubs off a bit.

Mrs Courtney said James couldn wait to hit the track in Townsville _ and she was looking forward to visiting the city over the weekend.

James was a part of the opening ticket sale launch a few months ago and he came back buzzing. He said it going to be great, the atmosphere was already great.

Mrs Courtney laughs at the sex symbol status her husband achieved while performing on Dancing with the Stars in 2007.

When it came up I said are you serious? It was just a totally different opportunity for him.

It was more seeing other people reactions. When they had a love scene in the dance, people would say, how do you feel about that, she said.

I was sitting there in rehearsal all week, it was all good.

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