So Sunday was a much looked forward day. Having never drifted a car before I was looking forward to learning how. Rockingham Motor Speedway was the venue of choice however Learn2Drift also do days at Birmingham, Teeside and Skegness. I arrived at 8am to me greeted by 6 fully sticked up Jap cars in as bright as you could ever imagine orange and green. Andy and his team where all there to welcome the days students and guide us through to complete the relevant paperwork. Once I signed my life over to them for the next 4 hours it was time for the drivers briefing which gave us all an idea how the day morning was going to pan out. I was among 30 students all with big smiles and gagging to get behind the wheel. I was called over by the head man Andy in the Skyline and as I got into the passenger seat he smiled at me and said “No screaming” lol. I was told I was going to learn to firstly donut then work into a figure of 8 which sounds easy to say but I found out when I got behind the wheel it was anything but. It was time to forget everything you have ever been taught when it comes to driving on the roads as I would be letting go of the steering wheel and allowing the car to spin from one direction to the other while keeping the car under control. I managed to get to grip with the one direction donuts fairly easy but when it comes to changing the direction it was a little more difficult. However by the time my turn was up I was happy to say I had not mastered it but was more than able to get a full figure of 8 going on. With a mouth that was dryer than the track it was time to head in to hand the car over to another soon to become ASBO driver lol. Next up was the Handling track with a combination of turns and donuts. This was a chance to put together what you have learned in session 1. From a standing start it was foot down clutch up wheels spinning straight into a right hand drift then a flick into a left and then into a full donut round a cone and over the finish line. Well that was the aim anyway. We where given 3 chances of doing a clear round. Rounds 1 and 2 saw me spin off and get a big fat 0. However the final go started with Andy telling me to “Grow a Pair” and give it all you have done the trick and with a screaming start an awesome flick right then left and a lovely big donut round the cone and across the finish line saw me supporting a massive grin on my face and a big “you nailed that one” I could now say I can drift a car. Not to perfection but for a first timer it was fantastic. The session was ended by the teachers taking the students out as passengers on some full on kick ass laps of the track showing us all what you could one day be able to do. Learn2Drift will be able to get you to that sort of standard as they have many different packages to cater for all standards so now I have to decide if I want to take it to the next level???? Stupid question of coarse I do you would be mad not to.
I would like to say a massive thank you to everyone at Learn2Drift for an amazing session and look forward to seeing you all again soon.
If you are interested in having a go yourself head over to their website and get booked.
http://www.Learn2drift.com. They also have a facebook page so look them up and see what other students have said about their day.
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