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Targa driver supports cardiac unit

Tackling Tropical North Queensland’s picturesque roads at speeds of up to 130km per hour will be pure relaxation for Wongaling Beach resident Richard Giuliany when he drives in his first Targa Great Barrier Reef event.
Wongaling Beach resident Richard Giuliany
Jason Scheu will navigate while Giuliany drives his BMW E90 330D M Sport under the name Team Osprey in the car rally which runs from August 30 to September 1 on some of Tropical North Queensland’s spectacular drives.

Relaxation is a must for Giuliany who underwent a stent procedure in 2012 to rectify a heart condition brought on by the stress of rebuilding after Cyclone Larry which hit the Cassowary Coast in 2006.

“The operation saved my life and also made me far more conscious of my own lifestyle and health, including food intake, exercise and most importantly avoiding unnecessary stressful situations,” the former businessman said. 

“My stent procedure was successfully performed by Cairns cardiologist Dr Greg Starmer at the Cairns Hospital, a local who is not only highly capable and talented, but a great person as well.

“Hence, the Cairns Hospital’s cardiology department, nurses and doctors are very, very important to me. 

“I want to support their activities so am using the Team Osprey’s entry in the 2019 Targa Great Barrier Reef to raise both awareness and funds for the Cairns Hospital’s Cardiology Unit.”

Cairns Hospital director of cardiology Dr Greg Starmer said it was rewarding to help the Far North Queensland community and its many visitors and a privilege to work on their hearts when required.

“The cardiac service would not be where it is without people like Richard, the Far North Queensland Hospital Foundation, and the countless others who provide support to our growing and busy department, and this support is greatly appreciated,” he said.

“In essence, the Hospital Foundation are simply coordinating north Queenslanders helping other north Queenslanders.”

Giuliany’s BMW is one of the few diesels competing in Targa Great Barrier Reef and is entered in the points and penalty-based TSD Trophy Class.

While it is precision, not speed, that wins this class, the E90’s 6-cylinder turbo is a cracking engine with lashings of torqueacross a broad rev range that is regarded as one of the best powerplants BMW has built.

“I bought it seven months ago and have made no modifications other than it spending a week in the workshop to make sure all is in good working order,” Giuliany said.

“I suspect the BMW’s performance will be better than the performance of the driver.

“It is absolutely unbelievable in the corners – I love giving the car a blast.

“I love racing and fast sports. I used to power boat ski race 35 years ago until my back couldn’t take it anymore.

“Now I enjoy driving and as soon as I get behind the wheel of the BMW I concentrate on the road and relax. My navigator will have a harder job than me.”

Donations in the Team Osprey name will go to the Far North Queensland Hospital Foundation to support the Cairns Hospital cardiac unit. Donate via https://www.fnqhf.org.au/teamosprey

Follow Team Osprey at https://www.facebook.com/groups/592942137891279/

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