Life of a racing driver


 

Once the motor vehicle was invented, it was only a matter of time when mankind’s competitive nature kicked in, and the art of racing was born. As for the racing enthusiasts among us, we spend our time thinking, watching, discussing, arguing, cheering our racing heroes and teams, but also dream of “an empty mountain road in an Italian exotic” or “grabbing the lead at the Monaco Grand Prix”. The feeling of watching men and machines engaged in a wheel-to-wheel battle, pushing the car beyond technical boundaries and pushing their minds and bodies to levels beyond our comprehension, is incredible in itself. So how much more incredible would the racing drivers themselves feel? We can but guess. In the meantime, here’s an attempt on my part to describe the wonderful life of a racing driver using mere words.


Dump the clutch, into first gear, give it the beans, a snarling engine, raw power, smoke the tyres, launch into the distance, hit the redline, into second, rev it hard, into third, fourth, fifth, sixth, hard on the brakes, hit the apex, down to third, slam on the throttle, into the right-hander, ride the kerb on the exit, shift up, into fourth,200kph, still accelerating, up the hill, flat out into the long left-hander, scrape the wall on the exit, absolutely on the limit, onto the back straight, into top gear, on full song,

screaming 750 bhp V8 soundtrack, late on the brakes, lock up the front wheel, into the hairpin, nail the throttle on the exit, into the 900 left-hander, catch the back end as it slides, superb save, on the power again, slingshot through the left-right-left sequence of corners, onto the main straight, great exit, stamp on the accelerator, catch the tow, into the slipstream, 320 kmph, side by side at the braking point, on the outside, wheel to wheel racing into the corner, use the kerb on the exit, running a bit wide, two wheels on the grass, still holding the line,

braking for the tight right-hander, brake early, nail the throttle, listen to the roaring V8, dive on the inside, lock up an inside wheel, hit the apex, hold the inside line, fantastic overtaking, into the lead, purple sector 1, pushing the car beyond the limit, on the ragged edge, purple

sector 2, driving the wheels off the car, shaving the wall, millimeters away from the barriers, run down to the finish line, a new lap record, flatout driving, put the champagne on ice, its not over yet, dark clouds, spots of rain on the visor,  starting to rain, rear end starts to

twitch under braking, track becomes slippery, on slick tyres, braking for the chicane, big oversteer moment, power sliding through the chicane, onto the kerb on the exit, stay out on dry tyres, rain getting harder, car aquaplaning through the left-hander, onto the run-off area,

foot firmly on the throttle, back onto the track, final lap, on course for a famous win, watching the mirrors, holding the inside line as the car pulls alongside, stamp on the throttle, hold the twitching back end, grab the racing line, into seventh gear, full throttle,

19000 rpm, across the line side by side, winning by a few thousands of a second, pump the fist, yell into the radio, wave to the fans, look to the heavens, jump from the car, leap onto the podium, kiss the trophy, spray the champagne, celebrate with the team, do it all over again.

Wonderful words, and a wonderful world of motor racing.

Men. Machines. Magic. Motorsports. I can’t wait to be a part of it.

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