Top Gear goes racing with AC/DC's Brian Johnson
Front man for one of the biggest rock bands in history scraps with the best at Daytona 24
Posted: 12 Apr 2012
Rewind a bit more. What he's about to do here requires real guts. To go from friendly amateur racing to the thick end of the most demanding endurance race on Earth is like going from arm wrestling a small child to 12 rounds with a stabby cage fighter. He'll be up against the likes of Dario Franchitti, Juan Pablo Montoya and Allan McNish. Almost 60 cars are crammed into the relatively short circuit, which means the faster blokes could make around 15 passes per lap.
It's busy out there. A few days ago in the practice session, Montoya joked that he'd made more overtakes in that one spell than in his entire F1 career. Yesterday, Brian had a little coaching from British legend and exemplary gentleman Derek Bell, a three-time winner at this place in the Eighties. "You've got to be very neat and tidy," said Bell. "Be immaculate, and find a rhythm." Brian smiled. Rhythm he can do. He has the album sales to prove it.