It’s Sunday morning, and while everyone is still sleeping off hangovers, this week I’m fuelling myself with a strong coffee and heading out to Sydney Motorsport Park to Drive some V8 Supercars.
Sydney Motorsport Park SMSP is located just off the M4 in Western Sydney, and is the some to Sydney Drag way, Eastern Creek Go Karts, 4WD training, a Skid Pan and of course the racing track.
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Once checking in, we were taken into Suite 9 to attend a complete driver briefing for our session. Essentially safety was the most important topic, along with just driving within your abilities and to totally trust your instructor that will be with us on the drive.
Once that was down it was time to suit up, and somehow get this overweight middle-aged body into the car.
This was my first time on a track and my goal for the day was to learn as much as I could from the instructor in the short 8 laps that I had. As this was my first time, I was getting overtaken by faster drivers, and during this time the instructor told me what part of the road to get on and held the wheel to make sure no mistakes were made.
The instructor encouraged me to concentrate on smooth fluid techniques rather than overall speed, and I feel that I learnt as much as I could in the small amount of time. By lap 5 through to 8 I really felt a good flow and lap times improved a lot.
Once my 8 laps were done as a driver, it was time for me to jump in “Hollywood” George’s car, and have him take me on a 3-lap sprint as a passenger. Cleary the pace was so much faster than mine, and it was great to see the small things I learnt, actually be put into practice at super high speeds.
All in all, the day was a great experience at Fastrack V8 Racecar Experience and I would highly recommend it to others, and I would love to do it again some time soon. I was just a little disappointed at some of the in car footage being shot through a camera with a cracked lens, but other than that, a great experience.