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clock times under a minute. Now my turn. My lap
times are so slow Teresa sug gests, not entirely
tongue-in-cheek, that perhaps the pit crew use a
calendar rather than a stopwatch to record them.
Maybe things will improve after lunch. As
we eat, chatter centres on the intricacies of the
morning’s driving. My focus is on whether to
have another sausag e.
After lunch it’s the ‘real deal’. Runs will be
timed but drivers won’t know until prize-giving
how they’ve g one. This is my final chance. Using
all powers of concentration (but not of blipping)
I head off. A battle develops in my mind between
Mr Throttle and Mr Timid. With each lap I’m
going faster and gear changes are becoming more
fluid. I get more bullish on the corners and S bend.
“Go, fool,” urges Mr Throttle. “Don’t be
stupid,” pleads Mr Timid. By the time I reach
the chequered flag it’s a stalemate, but I know
I’ve done better. What’s more I’ve stayed on the
track. (“Spin off and you’re out of the race,”
warned Brett.) In fact, I’ve car ved more than
a minute off my initial time.
To put this in perspective, in a sport where
hundreds or even thousandths of a second can
make a difference, if Mark Webber cut a lap
by a full minute he’d be driving at something
approaching light speed.
Finally it’s trophy time. I come in eighth,
courtesy of two drivers who spun out. Fastlane’s
crewman Bruce Gordon also declares me the day’s
most improved driver – by a straight.
But most improved does not win the biscuits.
Waroona farmer Kristian, with an average lap
speed of 55.97sec, takes the trophy (I knew it was
the red suit). I’m not sure who takes bragging
rights in the Reid family and from the satisfied
look on Gene Stacey’s face I think he’ll be
investing in Formula Ford racing soon...
In the end I had a really, really great day. I
was still crap as a race driver but I did improve.
And that’s what gives Fastlane a big edg e over
‘hot laps’ in V8s and the like, for while they
are undeniably an adrenalin rush, on ‘hot laps’
someone else is in control. At Fastlane, you’re
the one making the moves – however slowly
– and the sense of personal achievement is, at
the end of the day, immense.
For 2010 dates and prices of the driving school,
check out fastlaneracing.com.au or phone 1300
666 350. Once you’ve attended the school, private
lessons in the Formula Fords can be arranged.
“With each lap I’m going faster and
gear changes become more fluid.
I get more bullish on the corners”
SPEED DEMON Getting to grips with
the Formula Ford, which can reach 200kmh.
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