Bathurst 1000, 2019: Mount Panorama's real unsung heroes

ON THE TOOLS: Sylvia Crupland and Chris Sieders are in the hospitality team for Sieders Racing Team and keep 30 people fed right across the day. Photo: NADINE MORTON 101019nmsieders2
ON THE TOOLS: Sylvia Crupland and Chris Sieders are in the hospitality team for Sieders Racing Team and keep 30 people fed right across the day. Photo: NADINE MORTON 101019nmsieders2

FOR many thousands of people in Bathurst, NSW, the focus this week is on fast cars, speed, corners and just who is in front of who.

But what about the people who keep all these drivers and teams fed?

Sieders Racing Team is among the many perched just up the hill from Pit Straight and it's as busy, if not busier, than the main teams that receive much of the attention.

This team of 30 people has 12 cars racing this week - seven Super Utes and five Toyota 86s - and just ask anyone in this team who the unsung heroes are and they'll tell you it's Sylvia Crupland and Chris Sieders.

These women have been part of the team for more than a decade and yet they rarely have time to watch a race.

They work behind the scenes keeping the team fed right across the day - breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks.

It's just a real a family team.

Chris Sieders

When asked how they work out how to keep so many stomachs full, they both laugh.

"We work it out when we walk into the supermarket and see what's on special," Chris said.

Sylvia and Chris are cousins, and Chris is the mother of team manager Luke Sieders.

"It's just a real a family team," Chris said. "I just love getting away from the mundane things and getting away from the business at home."

Chris and Sylvia are a force to be reckoned with as they whip up three main meals every day from a makeshift kitchen just behind the car garages.

ON THE TOOLS: Sylvia Crupland and Chris Sieders are in the hospitality team for Sieders Racing Team and keep 30 people fed right across the day. Photo: NADINE MORTON 101019nmsieders1

ON THE TOOLS: Sylvia Crupland and Chris Sieders are in the hospitality team for Sieders Racing Team and keep 30 people fed right across the day. Photo: NADINE MORTON 101019nmsieders1

"The only thing we don't have is hot, running water," Chris said of the kitchen that the team set up each racing meeting.

While Sylvia calls herself the "comedian of the team" and is always ready with a laugh or joke.

The pair admit the team is currently on a "bit of a health kick" so are not eating as much bread, but each morning they women will cook up three dozen eggs and 2.5 kilograms of bacon for breakfast.

Chris admits her husband Bill often helps the ladies prepare meals, but when it comes to shopping for the food the women do it themselves.

The women travel across Australia in the transporters to each of the race meetings each year and there's eight of them for the Super Utes and five for the Toyota 86s.

This story Mount Panorama's real unsung heroes during the Bathurst 1000 first appeared on Western Advocate.