TG mag races a Piaggio Ape
We go endurance racing in a three-wheeled, rear-wheel drive, bright red Italian design icon
Posted: 28 Aug 2013
So, here we are, about to embark on the inaugural Ape GP, having qualified second out of five. It's a Le Mans-style start, where drivers sprint across the grid to their machine. Which is why we've nicked kartist Greg Owens to kick us off (here's a lad built for speed, if ever we've seen one). Then we have the rest of Team TG: Charlie Turner, Ollie Marriage, Piers Ward, Dan Read and a chap called Max, who chases pirates for a living. Really.
Greg makes a swift start. He knows this place well, having blasted karts around here for years. He wins the sprint and drives straight into the lead. But two other Apes are in a fighty mood and elbow him aside. Warnings are issued. Greg stays with them, until - on lap 10 - he uses his superior power-to-weight ratio to sportingly nip around them both. On lap 12, he dives into the pit lane. Time for Ollie to take over...