Rallycross with TG USA host Tanner Foust
Ollie Marriage straps himself into the TG USA presenter’s 550bhp Ford Fiesta
Posted: 31 May 2012
I fit in. This is one of the first, and most easily overlooked, pitfalls of attempting to drive a racing car. The perforated steering column looks uncannily like the barrel of a machine gun. It's practically jabbing me in the chest, even though I'm as good as sat in the back seat. There's a trigger next to it, too, mounted on the gearlever. A Swedish joke, perhaps?
I spend a few seconds fiddling with my gloves, just trying to acclimatise myself to the bewildering lay-out, when all I really want to do is not stall in front of so many people. I stall. Damn.
A course has been set up which mostly involves cones, minimising scenery interfaces. It's also been designed to test the Fiesta's high-speed mid-corner stability, something that needs work, apparently. Great: a short-wheelbase 550bhp supermini with locked diffs that wants to spit me backwards into some pine trees.