Rallycross with TG USA host Tanner Foust
Ollie Marriage straps himself into the TG USA presenter’s 550bhp Ford Fiesta
Posted: 31 May 2012
This makes set-up quite tricky. The sprint format means starts are crucial, so the diffs lock early for best straight-line traction. Which makes the car a bit of a handful in the corners, something which is preying on my mind...
Tanner's munching on an apple. I'd expected him to be one of those action sports stars, the kind where all you see in the eyes is a reflection of the back of the skull, and a mouth only able to form phrases such as ‘super-gnarly'. Couldn't have been more wrong. He's calm, intelligent (degree in molecular biology), didn't grow up around motorsport and is absurdly friendly. He also looks a teensy bit like Michael J. Fox.
If he's nervy about me driving his car, he does a good job of hiding it. "It's got a short wheelbase and very quick steering, so it changes direction fast, but the engine and gearbox are great... oh, there's no ABS and the tyres are pretty much slick now, but it's got so much grip still - we're pulling nearly 2g through corners. I'm going to come along with you - it'll be fine. You'll have fun."