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Mates honour Jarrad's love of life in fast lane

NEVER FORGOTTEN: Friends of Jarrad Duncan remember their mate at the Queensland Raceway skid car event held on Saturday.
NEVER FORGOTTEN: Friends of Jarrad Duncan remember their mate at the Queensland Raceway skid car event held on Saturday. Rob Williams
Copy photo: Friends of Jarrad Duncan remember their mate at the Queensland Raceway skid car event held on Saturday. Jarrad was killed in a motorcycle accident on February 8. Photo: Rob Williams / The Queensland Times
Copy photo: Friends of Jarrad Duncan remember their mate at the Queensland Raceway skid car event held on Saturday. Jarrad was killed in a motorcycle accident on February 8. Photo: Rob Williams / The Queensland Times Rob Williams

IF THERE were two things Jarrad Duncan lived for, they were cars and motorbikes.

Mates of the 20-year-old Brookwater man tragically killed just days shy of his 21st birthday earlier this month, rallied together at Queensland Raceway's burnout pad at the weekend to paid tribute to their friend.

Best friend Alex Essom, who was with Jarrad moments before the motorbike he was riding colided head on with a Hyundai Elantra in Carole Park industrial area on February 8, said Jarrad had been looking forward to the Madaz Burnouts event held at Willowbank on Saturday.

"He loved cars and bikes - the only thing he loved more was his girlfriend," Mr Essom said.

"Jarrad and I had been planning this for a while.

"We'd been saving up to take our friend's (Ford Falcon) XC out to the burnouts. We organised this a week before his accident because he didn't have his own burnout car and always wanted to build one.

"He would have been up all night last night.

"He couldn't wait to see the XC skid."

The Pure Kaos car club, of which Jarrad was a member, raised more than $500 towards t-shirts and stickers for club cars and coloured smoke tyres in memory of their friend.

"All the boys chipped in and here we are today," friend Zac Dougall said.

Dozens of mates wearing memorial t-shirts with the words, Jarrad Duncan - Forever a brother, celebrated Jarrad's life by taking five skid cars to the track.

"He was a top bloke," friend Jesse Blay said.

"He was the most loyal person any of us had met.

"He was there for his mates, kind, well-spoken, relaxed."

Pure Kaos president Jake Taylor said the club had been hit hard by the news of Jarrad's tragic death.

"He was one of the most loyal members we had," he said.

"We're more than just a car club; we're a family."

A private funeral was held for Jarrad on February 12.

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