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R8 - Track Thrill

Discussion in 'A3/S3/Sportback (8P Chassis)' started by Markm49, Sep 13, 2008.

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    [Sep 13, 2008]
    Well it was a while coming but today I had my 4 laps in the R8 at Prestwold Hall in Leicestershire - what can I say but ****ing brilliant !!!

    The event was being run by Everyman Racing and I must say after being on similar events in the past I was impressed by the setup and facilities at Prestwold - the setup was very professional and the staff were very helpful and friendly.

    To the event and you got taken around the track in either a Impreza or D3 Alpina - this was to get you familiar with the brake and turn boards - the instructor was very informative and after 3 laps (he was driving) you have a decent understanding of the layout of the circuit and I was itching to get going !

    Getting into the R8 you cannot help but be impressed - superb interior as usual. The R8 I drove had the manual box - very slick and precise in it's operation.

    Anyway the instructor gave me a little bit of advice etc and we were off - and what a noise as I blipped the accelerator - absolutely awesome. Deep burbling rumble as I pulled away onto the track - as soon as I pulled onto the circuit the instructor told me to 'floor it' and not wanting to disappoint I duly obliged !

    The noise is just unbelievable and the pull through the gears is never ending - this thing just pulls forever up to the 7,800 limit (the instructor kept telling me to change up at 6,500 but I just couldn't help it !)

    Anyway after a couple of laps of building my confidence and understanding of the course my instructor really started pushing me harder and harder - beyond what my road sense would say was doable - the grip (I had the perfect day - hot and sunny!) was astounding and only once did it squirm slightly when I put the power down too early coming out of the chicane onto the long straight.

    At one point we managed to catch up with a Ferrari F430 - the instructor was very keen for me to take it and told me to go for it - the memory of the Ferrari and the R8 racing against each other down the straight will take a long time to fade ! Eventually I had to back off as he had the line but the instructor was now determined that we could take him so I dropped a couple of gears and stuck close to him through the chicane and then absolutely floored it coming out and I took him - amazing !

    Anyway four laps were over very quickly but what an experience - all for £74 !

    R8 = amazing.:thumbsup:
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    Sounds like a great day out!!

    I live in Leicester and have done two Supercar days at Prestwold Hall and like you, was impressed by the organisation of the day. Not a great fan of the track itself though. Noble M12 the pick of the day last time I went a couple of years ago.

    R8 prices are dropping like a stone (like everything else) at the moment. Maybe in a couple of years......
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    Well it could be a bit longer I guess but compared to Bruntingthorpe where the course was made up from cones this was miles better - at least it actualy felt like a circuit with kerbs to clip etc.

    They had a Radical SR3 there today - that thing was amazing and was being used for passenger laps - the instructor was certainly giving it some !
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    That would have been a fun ride as a passenger!!
    When I was last there, the passenger lap car was a Ferrari F430.
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    £74 - that's a bargain!
    Good write up - no pic's???
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    Yeah - will get some pics up later
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    [Sep 13, 2008]
    Mostly took video which I will load onto YouTube but here are a couple of photos:

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    Very nice mate!
    You tube links????
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