Brought to you by TJ13 Courtroom Reporter: Adam Macdonald
For most, the dream of doing a lap of our favourite circuits in a Formula One car remains a dream unfulfilled. That is true, until now, as it could all change. TJ13 reporter, Adam Macdonald, went down to the F1 simulator in Horley, Surrey, England, to test out his skills on some of the iconic racing tarmacs from around the world.
The simulator is the closest thing a fan can get to experiencing what it feels like to be your idol, whilst going head to head with your mates at the same time! The centre is used by Marussia and GP2 team, Carlin Motorsports, to hone in the skills of their drivers. With so much importance on being comfortable with setup at a track, there is very little time for a driver to familiarise himself (or herself) with a track – especially with an ever changing calendar.
Max Chilton can frequently be found at the centre before jet-setting off to a corner of the earth. He had this to say, “As F1 drivers we’re in an exceptionally fortunate position in that we’re able to fulfil the ambitions of many people at home when we line up on the grid on a Sunday afternoon. Lets Race offers race fans the opportunity to experience what that feels like, to give a real insight into being a racing driver. The full motion simulators are an accurate reflection of the acceleration and braking that we feel in a real F1 car and it’s great fun in the process!”
Many have commented on his performance throughout his rookie year, where Max finished all 19 races, an impressive record! If you think you can do better than the man from Reigate then get on down and take part in Challenge Chilton where you can race against Max’s fastest lap at circuits from around the world.
With prices starting from just £5, it is by far the cheaper (and more fun) alternative to go-karting. Perfect, for personal crusades, challenging friends or corporate days – the centre can cater for all. The full briefing and explanation will help you to improve on your times as adrenalin and the racer within drives you on to keep on pushing to improve. The experience even includes a full telemetry feedback to analyse your performance throughout the laps.
Ideally located in the heart of Surrey, just a mile from London Gatwick airport, it is easily accessible by car, train or air. With all of the current Championship circuits available as well as many classic circuits, there really is somewhere to tempt everyone.
It’s safe to say I will not be challenging Max Chilton for his seat any time soon, however, the UK’s only F1 full motion race car simulator venue is something I would recommend for all to try.