Written on: 12/08/2010
My treat was to be the Aston Martin Thrill from Vision Motorsport at Great Tew.
The initial briefing was short and to the point and most of the time was spent by our instructor killing wasps with his Blackberry!
Two laps in the Subaru WRX STi followed, which were quite enjoyable and gave a good idea of the circuit. The circuit was disappointing as there were two quite short straights and lots of twisty stuff - no sweeping bends to allow the cars to stretch their legs. As noted in another review the braking points were set so far in advance of the corners that the cars finished braking a long way short of the turn-in points and a lot of time was spent coasting along waiting for the corner. Hardly conducive to an exciting drive!
My instructor put my back up fairly quickly by pointing out that my road car was a 'hairdressers car'! That might be true (although I don't consider a Mercedes AMG CLK55 with about 350HP really a 'hairdressers car') but he could have been a bit more diplomatic with his comments.
The track time was 6 laps which sounded OK but the very short lap made this less impressive that it sounded at first. My previous track experience was the Ferrari drive at Goodwood and that was a much more rewarding experience.
Not recommended I'm afraid.