Winding my way back from North to South Wales today the RS3 was doing a fine job of making every brief overtaking opportunity a breeze. Some sort of quick Jag and 2.0 TDi A4 were following my overtaking moves a couple of cars back. I always chuckle at how others get brave once you've made the initial move, still as I was taught by some ex police instructors when overtaking it's always good to have a 'blocker' - by which they mean someone overtaking in front of you and I was firmly in that role today. (Oh and overtaking is still actually legal in this country before anyone gets upset or reads anything in to this story).
Then to my surprise I see headlights in the mirror distinctly catching up at real pace. For every 2 or 3 cars I could pass, this was passing double the number or more. At first I couldn't make out the car at all, initially I thought maybe a police car on a call but as it got closer the unmistakable shape of a 997 Turbo was clear. Off a roundabout the 997 cleared the A4, Jag and 2 cars behind me with ease.
After a short delay at the roundabout the next road exit was clear. Around and off the roundabout I gave the RS3 everything and the 997 was sat an inch from the bumper throughout. Sport and full throttle and not an inch of distance gained, the Jag and game A4 TDi were just dots in the mirror by this point to give some perspective. From plenty of track time I know a faster car and driver so I backed off and let him go at the next opportunity - he wasn't going to be holding me up after all! To my surprise there was a super bike of some kind tucked in right behind him and the two shot past at warp speed.
The 997 sounded like pure thunder, I've driven one on track and it sounded nothing like that. I managed to keep up through the next set of traffic, now following their overtaking moves. The 3 of us were caught behind a slow moving van for a while when finally the road opened to a long straight. The 911 roar was immense as it lit the afterburners and disappeared into the distance, the superbike (sorry no idea what type) attached to it's bumper the whole time. I'm pretty sure I'd pressed Sport and not the weigh anchor button but that is how it felt, RS3 to the boards and it felt as if I was going backwards.
I did finally catch them both briefly again at the next roundabout where our routes diverged. As I pulled alongside in the left hand lane first I got as nice thumbs up from the bike rider then the 997 driver gave a big friendly thumbs up and wave as they went right and I carried straight on at the roundabout, I think about a mile later I could still hear the 911 accelerating. I was truly owned but at the same time this was great fun all the same.
As they saying goes, there is always a bigger fish.