The former Australian pace bowler Mitchell Johnson is geared up to make a debut in Motorsport racing on 15th and 16th September at Barbagello Raceway which is a Formula 1000 series show.
Johnson took retirement from all forms of cricket earlier this year and now is excited to venture into other sports. While speaking to a news channel, Johnson said that he always loved his cars and he always had the passion.
Johnson’s entry into Motorsport
The Aussie pace bowler encountered the thrill of Motorsport for the first time at a charity event and since then has taken a liking into the sport. He has also done a training and development programme to hone his Motorsport driving skills.
Johnson said that it’s that release for him which is not quite the same as what he got with cricket but at the same time he admitted that it is a great adrenaline rush for him to get his mind off things.
He explained the game and said that you’re going pretty quick, you’ve got so many technical things to think about – when you’re going to turn into the corner, braking, feeling the car. It’s been a great process and he admitted that he is starting to really enjoy it.
Motorsport not different from fast bowling: Johnson
Johnson recalled an incident from his cricket career. He said that faced Shoaib Akhtar when he was playing for Queensland. He admitted that Akhthar has got this massive run-up and the first ball he was sort of shaking there.
The Aussie pace bowler recalled that Akhtar’s first ball, hit for four, it was a full toss and he ran past and said that please don’t hit him. For the left-arm pace bowler, it was almost the same as the first time he was driving out here.
Johnson’s illustrious cricket career
Hailed by Dennis Lillee as once in a generation pace bowler, Johnson claimed 313 wickets in 73 Test appearances and 239 wickets in 153 ODI’s.
He played his last Test in 2015 against New Zealand and was a regular in major T20 tournaments of the world for a couple of years before hanging his boots.