There must be more relaxing ways to go racing. This is my first time in a KTM X-Bow RR, and there will be 50,000 spectators at the Red Bull Ring in Austria. Not only that, but we’re a support race for the DTM, which means that the likes of Gary Paffett, David Coulthard and other DTM über-stars will be watching from their vast corporate entertainment units in the paddock. Now, I’ve done a bit of motorsport before (normally the ‘crowd’ consists of approximately three people, two of whom wandered in by mistake), but the very first time that I get to sit in the car is to steer it out of the paddock and onto the track for qualifying. Literally. I didn’t even roll it to scrutineering. I’ve also never raced at the Red Bull Ring before, or even studied footage of the circuit. It’s drizzling, and we’re on dry tyres.
No pressure, then.
Words: Piers Ward
Photography: Joel Kernasenko
This feature was originally published in the July 2012 issue of Top Gear magazine