MINICHIELLO UNDER COACH'S ORDERS
Rugby league great Anthony Minichiello has gone back into training - but this time he's being coached to improve his driving skills rather than hone his renowned on-field abilities.
Minichiello, now a Lexus ambassador following his stellar football career, said an in-depth car-control course opened his eyes to the capabilities of his high-performance Lexus GS F.
The former Roosters, State of Origin and international representative said expert coaching is vital for every motorist - just as it is for elite sportsmen and women.
"I wanted to learn from the experts how to make the best use of the GS F's fantastic power and handling," Minichiello said.
"The GS F is a performance sedan but feels like a race car. I really enjoy its amazing acceleration, braking, steering and cornering.
"It is also a practical sedan that allows you to drive every day on suburban roads and freeways - and even then I have a huge smile on my face every time I hear the roar of the V8 engine."
Minichiello said he would urge all motorists to undertake regular advanced driving lessons to maintain and improve their skills as well as learning more about their car.
"Getting help from the experts in areas such as braking, vision, spotting hazards and making the best use of your car's safety systems has been extremely helpful," he said.
"I know that improving my car-control skills and driving techniques translates to the road and will enable me to really enjoy the GS F in a safe manner.
The responsive and performance-oriented 5.0-litre V8 engine in the GS F delivers 351kW of power at 7,100rpm and 530Nm of torque from 4,800 to 5,600 rpm.
Minichiello captained the Sydney Roosters and set records for the most games and most tries in the club's history. In addition to premierships in 2002 and 2013, he won the Golden Boot Award for international player of the year in 2005.