The odds are 50 to F1... the perfect formula for a serious F1 fan!
11th Jul 2012
Having reached the half century mark, avid Formula 1 fan Andy Snell of WP Group was given the opportunity to live out a boyhood dream of driving a Formula 1 car. The full day of action packed activity took place at The Racing School at The Three Sisters Racing Circuit near Wigan.
After being assessed by experienced instructors in a normal road car, Andy was allowed to move up the ranks and tackle the course in various race cars. After driving 10 laps in a Lamborghini Gallardo, Andy moved onto a gleaming Ferrari 360 Modena. Having successfully completed 10 laps in the Modena, he accelerated onto the next part of this once in a lifetime driving experience: the single-seaters. Andy completed another 10 laps in Formula Ford before finishing with a final 10 laps in a Formula 3 racing car after lunch.
After a Formula 1 drivers briefing, it was time for Andy to have the ultimate driving experience: to drive a 600bhp 1996 Forti Corse F1 car! A pure bred racing machine, the 1996 Forti Corse F1 has a 0-60 time of just 2.8 seconds and top speeds in excess of 200mph. And for the icing on the cake, this particular vehicle had been driven in its prime by the Ferrari test driver, Luca Badoer.
After his fantastic experience, Andy commented “This was what I’d been waiting for all day. Instantly I could feel that this was quick, lightening quick, giving instant power delivery with no frills. What a thrill, what a noise, what speed in what seemed like moments. This was a real F1 car.”
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