To launch the new Pilot Road3 tyre, Michelin invited us to join them at the Palmer Sport driving experience facility, located on Bedford Autodrome. This was basically just a fun way to get the UK’s motorcycle press together for the International virtual press conference. During this time my CBR1000R longtermer was shod with the new rubber, and we were given a tour of the very impressive workshop, housing anything Renault Clio Cup cars to fully blown Formula Two race cars.
The afternoon was the clincher though, under tuition we thrashed around in four different track cars, running in this order.
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BMW M3 GTP
Caterham 7 Superlight
Porsche 911 JP3
Renault Clio Cup Racer
All of which were fantastic, hugely fun and the tuition was very good. Never having driven a car on track before gave me no real insight into what it would be like. I was astonished at how totally backward it is from getting a bike round a circuit quickly, and it took quite a bit of getting used to.
I had a great time and it’s actually something the paying customer can do as an experience and do do in their hundreds. On average, Palmer Sport welcomes 120 experience drivers through their doors every day. Check out the website: www.palmersport.com
So a big thank you to all the staff that looked after me at Palmer Sport, and another huge thank you to Michelin for the fantastic invite.
Andy ‘Beaky’ Saunders