I’ve just returned from a two days of high performance driver training at the Anglesey race circuit and I have to say that it was a real eye-opener. Firstly, it wasn’t the disaster I was expecting it to be but, what really struck me about the whole experience, was just how much more there is to driving quickly than jumping in and going fast…
For a start, there’s the small matter of tyre management. Getting the most from a car’s tyres – a science in itself – is something that I’ve never really considered too much when driving. Yes, I have to admit that tyres have, until now, just been ’round black things’ to me.
Secondly, Anglesey’s still new circuit complex is absolutely magnificent and, for anyone who indulges in the odd trackday but who has never been there, it’s a great place to go and visit. For one, driving there is an absolute delight – the A5 through Betws-y-Coed is fun – and, if you make it during the day (I didn’t this time), the scenery is fantastic.
Once there, it’s a bit of a desolate place, but the circuit layout more than makes up for that. There’s also the small matter of the stunning setting – the entry to one corner at the top of the circuit gives you such a panoramic view of the sea, the jagged coastline and the Snowdonian mountain range beyond that you struggle to maintain concentration… Well, I did at times.
More than that, though, I learned a lot about myself on the two-day course – not all of it bad – and I’ve had my appetite for going on track days reignited after a few years’ inactivity. That, of course, costs money and I don’t really have any, but that’s only a minor detail…
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